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    • Futuna Lecture Series 2023
      • Our Annual Futuna Lecture Series is happening in November this year. The presenters are Jacob Scott and Karl Wixon, and they will be discussing the theme of: Designing Better Futures for Aotearoa New Zealand He Tirohana Maori: A Maori perspective BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL This year the Trust continues, in accordance with its evolving tikanga, in offering … Continue reading "Futuna Lecture Series 2023"

    • Events for Wellington Heritage Festival 2023
      • Ngā Awa Tini o Te Whanganui-a-Tara / The Many Rivers of Wellington Harbour A joint presentation by Liz Mellish of Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Robin Skinner Senior Lecturer at the Wellington School of Architecture. Talking on the Awa (rivers) of Wellington, their history and influence on the patterns of pre European and early … Continue reading "Events for Wellington Heritage Festival 2023"

    • Aotearoa Festival of Architecture: September 2023
      • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architect’s Aotearoa Festival of Architecture will take place from Monday 18 September to Sunday 24 September. Futuna Chapel is hosting the following events as part of the Festival of Architecture: Futuna Chapel Lecture: ‘Method and Mentors’ Chris Moller – Architect and Urbanist Chris will talk about his architectural experiences, his … Continue reading "Aotearoa Festival of Architecture: September 2023"

    • Vale Jim Allen
      • The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Allen, the artist, sculptor and light modulator of Futuna Chapel. Jim worked closely with Chapel architect John Scott and together they created, working in a mutually respectful and collaborative partnership, a shared masterwork that is Futuna Chapel. The building … Continue reading "Vale Jim Allen"

    • Lilburn Residence Trust concert – on today (4 April 2023)
      • The Lilburn Residence Trust: A Retrospective Concert A selection of pieces by composers who have lived and worked in Lilburn Residence. Tickets $10 at the door or via Eventbrite at 2pm at Futuna Chapel, off Friend Street, Karori.  This is part of the Colours of Futuna series, which has a whole series of great concerts coming up.  … Continue reading "Lilburn Residence Trust concert – on today (4 April 2023)"

    • Annual Open Day: 19 March 2023
      • The Futuna Annual Open day this year (17 March 2023) features an exhibition of Māori weaving called ‘Ko wai rā te manu?’ and a curator’s talk at 1pm. It is also the 62nd anniversary of the dedication of the chapel to St Joseph, a carpenter who created works in wood with his hands, so very … Continue reading "Annual Open Day: 19 March 2023"

    • Ko wai rā te manu: Māori weaving workshop and exhibition 17-19 March 2023
      • The opening of a Māori weaving exhibition and workshop involving: Turumeke Harrington, Ngaahina Hohaia, Neke Moa, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Ngaroma Riley, Isaac Te Awa, Jude Te Punga Nelson and Kezia Whakamoe. Opening of the exhibition: Thursday 16 March 2023 at 6pm Curator’s talk: Sunday 19th March at 1pm. Entry free. A koha is appreciated. Supported by Wellington … Continue reading "Ko wai rā te manu: Māori weaving workshop and exhibition 17-19 March 2023"

    • 2023 Colours of Futuna: Summer Concert Series
      • Colours of Futuna Summer Concert Series 2023 Sunday afternoons at 2pm, from 2 April – 28 May, 2023 A series of concerts of exceptional musicians from Wellington has been assembled for the 2023 Colours of Futuna concert series. Located in Karori, the chapel will host a series of eight concerts each Sunday at 2pm from … Continue reading "2023 Colours of Futuna: Summer Concert Series"

    • Music and Memory: Palliser Viols Concert Sat 18 Feb 2023
      • Music and Memory is about connecting. It brings together strands from Māori and Pakeha music and craft traditions, from our shared and turbulent colonial history, as we take part in a musical pilgrimage back to the history of the North Island Main Trunk Line. Together we will enjoy, sing, learn about our separate cultures and … Continue reading "Music and Memory: Palliser Viols Concert Sat 18 Feb 2023"

    • Stop Press: Changed date for Jan 2023 Open Sunday
      • In what is a well-known Wellington tradition, Futuna Chapel opens to visitors every first Sunday of the month. However, since the first Sunday of January 2023 is going to be 1st Jan, we decided to give our trusty Trustees the day off and have changed our Open Day to Sunday 8th Jan. See you then, … Continue reading "Stop Press: Changed date for Jan 2023 Open Sunday"

    • Wellington Heritage Week 2022
      • Futuna is hosting a range of events for Wellington Heritage Week. Conservation and Restoration: Public Talk Elizabeth Cox, architectural historian and editor of the recently published book “Making Space – A History of New Zealand Women in Architecture”, will introduce two architects, Chessa Stevens and Lianne Cox, who will talk about their work in the … Continue reading "Wellington Heritage Week 2022"

    • Futuna Guest Lecture 2022 – Michael O’Sullivan
      • We were very pleased to have had our very own homegrown architect Michael O’Sullivan of B/OS Architecture as the Futuna Guest Lecturer for 2022. Michael comes from a unique background and set of experiences and has developed an approach to his architecture that is distinctive, pragmatic and beautiful in its resolution and execution. You can … Continue reading "Futuna Guest Lecture 2022 – Michael O’Sullivan"

    • Jim Allen’s 100th birthday
      • We’re celebrating Jim Allen’s 100th birthday! Jim’s incredible art has been a crucial feature of Futuna Chapel since it was built. He is acknowledged as the ‘co-creator’ of what is often considered Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant piece of architecture, with its architect, John Scott. Jim designed four crucial parts of the chapel – the chapel’s … Continue reading "Jim Allen’s 100th birthday"

    • Open Sundays are back!
      • We are pleased to say that our regular Open Sundays are back – beginning with this Sunday 5th June 2022 (Queen’s Birthday).   The Open Sundays are held on the first Sunday of every month, from 11am – 3pm.   Entry is by koha/ donation. Wheelchair access is available. Parking is available on Friend Street, or … Continue reading "Open Sundays are back!"

    • Futuna Lecture Series 2022
      • We are very pleased to be able to announce that the Futuna Guest Lecturer for 2021 will be our very own homegrown architect Michael O’Sullivan of B/OS Architecture. Michael comes from a unique background and set of experiences. He has developed an approach to his architecture that is unique, pragmatic and beautiful in its resolution … Continue reading "Futuna Lecture Series 2022"

    • The pou of Māori architect John Scott: Article from The Spinoff
      • The pou is the central column within a wharenui or meeting house, seen as the heart of the building around which everything unfolds. Architect John Scott’s use of pou in his modernist designs helped bring two architectural worlds together.   Watch The Spinoff’s article about John Scott’s work here. The Single Object is produced by … Continue reading "The pou of Māori architect John Scott: Article from The Spinoff"

    • Restoration Work for the Stations of the Cross
      • The Stations of the Cross by Jim Allen in Futuna Chapel are currently being cleaned and conserved by Carolina Izzo, expert art conservator from Studio Carolina Izzo.   This work has been kindly supported by the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund.  We are really excited to see the striking difference the work is already … Continue reading "Restoration Work for the Stations of the Cross"

    • Events for Wellington Heritage Week October 2021
      • We have the following events scheduled for the weekend of Saturday 30th an Sunday 31st October as part of Wellington Heritage Week.   Open day 11am to 4pm – both Saturday 30th an Sunday 31st October   Guided tour of the Chapel 11:30am – both Saturday 30th an Sunday 31st October. Nick Bevin, Trust Chair and co-editor of the 2016 book “Futuna – Life of a Building”, will conduct a detailed and personal tour of Futuna Chapel telling its story, starting in France in 1816 and over the intervening 205 years.   Presentations from art conservator Carolina Izzo and structural engineer Alistair Cattanach – Sunday 31st October from 2pm to 4pm   No booking required.   These events are sponsored by LT McGuinness.   Wellington Heritage Festival 2021 Check out the rest of the events, tours and talks in the Wellington Heritage Festival 2021 here. This year there are 63 events in the programme, including 12 new event hosts.

    • NZIA Festival of Architecture at Futuna Chapel – 25-26 Sept 2021
      • As part of the New Zealand Institute of Architect’s Festival of Architecture, Futuna Chapel will be open for visitors on Saturday 25 September  and Sunday 26 September 2021  from 11:00am – 4:00pm Futuna Chapel, one of the jewels of Wellington’s built heritage, will be opened to the public over the Festival of Architecture weekend.  This building is widely regarded as the masterwork of its architect, the late John Scott of Haumoana and is a synthesis of Maori, European and NZ Pakeha building traditions.  This synthesis is greatly enhanced with the embedded work of eminent NZ sculptor Jim Allen.  The restoration of his Stations of the Cross frieze after 63 years commences on Monday 27th September with completion due by 8th October by Studio Izzo.  The restored art work will be ‘unveiled’ to the public for the first time on the weekend of Wellington Heritage Week 30th and 31st October.  The Chapel is open to be explored and trustees will be on hand to welcome visitors,  answer questions and help reveal the Chapel’s secrets and stories. Special Tour of Futuna Chapel: 11:30am to 12:00pm   On both of those days, Trust Chair and co-editor of the 2016 book Futuna – Life of a Building, Nick Bevin, will conduct a detailed and personal tour of Futuna Chapel telling the story of Futuna. This story starts in France in 1816 and has been added to significantly over the intervening 205 years.  Come and experience the Life of Futuna. Tour duration 30 minutes. Koha would be appreciated. This event is proudly supported by LT McGuiness.

    • Concert: Saturday Service – YOLK & Violet Hirst 7 August 3pm
      • Remember mid winter with this intimate matinee performance of two of Poneke’s finest alt folk acts, YOLK and Violet Hirst. Saturday 7 August 2021, 3pm YOLK: Drawing inspiration from 70’s folk-rock and ’90s grunge, YOLK performs a cathartic lounge act ripe with sincere cynicism and tears for your beer lines to live by. As acoustic guitars pluck somber and sweet, a heavy vocal tells it straight like your favourite heartfelt broken record. Violet Hirst: Violet Hirst started her music career in her hometown of Queenstown, playing the local venues every so often but truly found her sound in the capital, Wellington. With songs that are sung in a purple haze while staring at the mountains, Violet’s music draws influence from the mountains that surround her, the love shown by her parents and the most hidden notes from her diary. Tickets $15.  To book, click here For more information see Yolk’s Bandcamp page and Facebook page.

    • Tararua Album Launch at Futuna 24 July 2021
      • Futuna Chapel is honoured to be hosting an album launch for Tararua’s new album ‘Bird Like Men’ on Saturday 24 July 2021 at 6pm.  This very special event will be the debut performance of Taraua’s first full repertoire concert. The new album will be available at the concert as a free download to all ticket holders. Tickets ($20) are limited. Please book here. For a taste of the music of Tararua, check out their single on Bandcamp. This beautiful track, ‘Puaka’ was just released to mark the beginning of the Māori New Year. Puaka is the Kāi Tahu dialect name of the whetu (star) Puanga, which is  an important signifier of the Māori New Year for some iwi. Tararua (meaning ‘two peaks’), connects whakapapa, from mountains in both North and South Islands. This contemporary New Zealand art music weaves the voices of Aoraki, the spiritual home of Ruby Solly and Ariana Tikao, winding through Te Waipounamu raised, Wellington based artist Al Fraser, and merging into Phil Boniface’s birthplace and connection with the Tararua ranges. For more information see their Facebook page.

    • Rescheduled Concert! 18th July 2-3pm
      • We are very pleased to say that our Colours of Futuna concert that had to be postponed is now back on. Jerome Kavanagh and Salina Fisher will explore Maori and Japanese music traditions in a contemporary context. Sunday, 18 July 2021 at 2-3pm  To book please follow this link 

    • Support for our events
      • We are delighted to have been offered financial support by third-generation Wellington construction company L T McGuinness Ltd for forthcoming 2021 events at the chapel. They are supporting our Festival of Architecture and Wellington Heritage Week events. These will include talks on the creation of a virtual reality experience of a visit to the chapel, and on the restoration of the Christ figure and the Stations of the Cross, both art works by Jim Allen and important features of the chapel. We are most grateful for their support. For more information on L T McGuinness Ltd, see their website at http://www.ltmcguinness.co.nz

    • Futuna Annual Open Day and Talk 2021
      • FUTUNA ANNUAL OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 11th APRIL 2021 PROGRAMME 11:00am Chapel is open to the public 11:30am Chapel Tour by Nick Bevin (co-editor of the book ‘Futuna – The Life of a Building’ 2:00pm WOSOSI Choir 3:00pm Talk by architect Craig Moller 4:00pm Chapel closes. WOSOSI A dynamic, a cappella choir who bring the world’s rich singing traditions to you. Singing songs and chants from around the world, they convey each song’s intention and wairua – whether a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace. CRAIG MOLLER Craig Moller is a director at Moller Architects. He has a degree in architecture from the University of Auckland and Yale University. His work at Moller Architects varies from the small to the large, the private to the public. He teaches studio part time at the University of Auckland and he is on the Board of Trustees at Western Springs College/Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. He considers education to be of fundamental importance. He is an assessor for NZRAB. He draws in his spare time and rides a bike. Craig was the architect largely responsible for the design and delivery of the Hihiaua Cultural Centre in Whāngarei. This building was awarded the John Scott Award for Public Architecture in 2020 at the NZIA National Awards. To have Craig telling the story of how the Hihiaua Cultural Centre project came into being (it started in 2009) will be a fascinating and very appropriate public talk at Futuna Chapel. This event is free but a koha would be very much appreciated. Craig’s presentation will attract 15 CPD points for NZ Registered architects. Photo – Simon Devitt Link for booking – donation only https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/friends-of-futuna-charitable-trust-26434925169 https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/futuna-chapel-open-day-sunday-11-april-2021-tickets-143011859321

    • Colours of Futuna – Concert Series 2021
      • Wellington concert series at Futuna Chapel Colours of Futuna Summer Concert Series Sunday afternoons at 2pm, 21 March – 30 May, 2021 Chapel of Futuna, 67 Futuna Close (off Friend Street), Karori A series of concerts of exceptional musicians from Wellington has been assembled for the 2021 Colours of Futuna Concert Series. Located in Karori, the chapel will host a series of ten concerts each Sunday at 2pm from 21 March. A wide variety of music genres will be on display from important local performers. The chapel lends special acoustic qualities to music performance for musicians from Wellington. Concert series artistic director Simon McLellan describes the event as “a colourful display of musical curiosity and intrigue”. For the 2020 concert series, McLellan has gathered a superb line-up of performers from throughout the Wellington region to reflect and reverberate against the cool stones and colourful windows of Futuna. They include choirs, chamber ensembles, solo singers, and instrumentalists. One of the most intriguing performance will be from Klezmer Rebs. Formed in 2002, the Klezmer Rebs pump out lively, ‘tuchas-shaking’ klezmer music with Eastern European Jewish-Yiddish roots, as well as Argentine Yiddish tangos, 1940s swing plus quirky originals. Dance, cry and interact with story songs and wedding dances from the old country. Klezmer music is the folk music of Jewish people from Eastern and Central Europe and is currently enjoying a worldwide rebirth of interest and popularity. The series opens on 21 March as part of the annual Futuna Chapel Open Day with the extremely popular Orion Quartet. a public presentation from curator Ron Brownsen on the sculpture of Jim Allen which is on display in the chapel. A guided tour of the chapel will also be offered at 11.30am. Friends of Futuna Trust Chair, Nick Bevin, said he hoped the concert series would attract new visitors to Futuna. “Futuna is an architectural gem that many Wellingtonians have not visited. We hope people will see this series of concerts as a chance to enjoy great music as well as great architecture,” he said. Other concerts will feature the popular Noveltones, an improvising chamber quartet that features the unexpected instrumentation of violin, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and double bass. Baroque Voices are a Wellington-based vocal consort founded by soprano Pepe Becker, which specialises in pre-Classical music written for ensembles. The group has a core of singers who are considered preeminent soloists in the field of early music. Colours of Futuna 2021 Concert Programme (all concerts start at 2pm) 21 Mar 2021 – Orion Quartet: Classical period string quartet 28 Mar 2021 – Klezmer Rebs: Eastern European Yiddish/Jewish ethnic music band No concert: Easter Sunday 11 April 2021 – WOSOSI: unaccompanied voices who draw from the richness of world music 18 April 2021 – Palliser Viols: A Wellington consort of Viols 25 April 2021 – Michelle Velvin: Solo harp 2 May 2021 – Spitfire: RNZAF band wind quintet 9 May 2021 – The Noveltones 16 May 2021 – Baroque Voices 23 May – Dulcis tibia: Recorder ensemble 30 May – Gale Force Gospel Choir: Singing up a storm Ticket prices are $10 for each concert and will be available on www.eventfinder.co.nz as well as door sales. Further information about the musicians and the chapel is available at www.futunatrust.org.nz or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FutunaChapel This concert series is supported by the Wellington City Council through the Arts and Culture Grants programme.

    • Futuna Lecture Series 2021
      • FUTUNA LECTURE SERIES 2021 Last year we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Futuna Guest Lecturer 2020, architect Francis Kéré, Many voluntary hours had gone into the inviting, enticing of Francis to this event, as well as all the co-ordination. It was promising to be the most successful Lecture Series event the Trust had ever hosted. Then we felt the rapid and unequivocal impact of COVID and the tables were completely turned. Hugh Tennent and Nick Bevin were going to attend the Deerubbin Weekend 2020 event organized by The Architecture Foundation of Australia on the 13th to 15th March. They were going to meet Francis Kéré, in Sydney and travel with him to Milson’s Passage on the Hawkesbury River 2 hours of train and water taxi travel to the north of Sydney. Hugh, along with Francis Kéré, was one of the keynote presenters at the event. Hugh was the only one who made it, out of the three, to Deerubbin. At very short notice the Trust came up with a Plan B which consists of NZ architect Hugh Tennent giving the 2020 Futuna Lecture Despite a hurried Plan B that was put in place lockdown put paid to all events throughout NZ. This year will be the 11th year of the Futuna Lecture Series and the year that Futuna Chapel reaches its 60th year. As the organiser of this popular annual event the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust are keen for the Futuna Lecture Series to proceed in spite of the limits placed by the lack of international travel and being able to invite an overseas speaker. A great deal of time has been invested in this event and we all deserve to benefit from that. And a special effort has been made to bring participants a live event rather than a screen based interaction. Therefore we are pleased to be able to announce that the Futuna Guest Lecturer for 2021 will be our very homegrown “Plan B 2020” architect Hugh Tennent. Hugh will be presenting the Futuna Lecture in: Auckland Wednesday 7th April Christchurch Friday 9th April Wellington Sunday 11th April 2021. The theme of Deerubbin 2020 was; RESPONSE · ABILITY THE ABILITY OF ARCHITECTS TO RESPOND TO DIVERSE CHALLENGES OF SOCIETY, CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, PLACE, LANDSCAPE, POVERTY Sydney journalist Rohan Bodman attended the event and wrote: “Hugh Tennent, co-director of Tennent Brown in Wellington, New Zealand, showed an unusually strong identification with his firm’s clients and has committed to learning Māori cultural principles and language, which he demonstrated in his greeting. The firm’s commitment to people and place shows in the buildings it produces.” Hugh is a founding director of Tennent Brown Architects, a multi-award winning Wellington architecture studio with empathy for the way people live, work and play. The practice pays particular respect to core Māori cultural principles such as manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga – linked ideas that talk about the importance and duty of taking responsibility for personal health and well-being whilst also ensuring the protection of the health and wellbeing of the wider whānau, environment and community. Our sponsors being Dulux NZ, Metalcraft Roofing, Plytech, APL, Warren Trust and NZIA branches have been unanimous in continuing their support for this event following the cancellation of the 2020 Futuna Lecture. This vote of confidence and their support is very much appreciated. The Trust hopes that NZ architects, graduates, students and interested members will be able to support this event by purchasing a ticket. In doing so you are supporting the work of the Trust. The Trust is a completely voluntary organisation and all funds raised from the Futuna Lecture Series go towards the ongoing care, maintenance and operation of Futuna Chapel and also to support the initiatives undertaken by the Trust. So please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation to the life Futuna Chapel. Looking forward to seeing large, supportive and appreciative audiences in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington for this event. Bookings open Friday 26th February 2021 on Eventbrite. 15 CPD points available for NZ registered architects. Click the following link or paste into your browser. https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/friends-of-futuna-charitable-trust-26434925169 See you there. Thanks. Nga mihi Nick Bevin Trust Chair FRIENDS OF FUTUNA CHARITABLE TRUST Hugh Tennent,  Tennent Brown Architects,  Wellington Hugh leads design at Tennent Brown Architects, being responsible for the design direction of all major projects from the practice.  The work of Tennent Brown is recognised for its responsiveness to cultural and environmental context, and expression of the human agenda of the projects.  This results in  buildings and environments that are distinctive, uplifting and meaningful. Hugh has expertise working for cultural and institutional client groups, working across cultures, creating projects for Māori clients , educational settings from early childhood to tertiary, sports buildings, commercial and tourism sectors and reflective and religious space. He led the Te Kura Whenua and Te Kura Tangata projects for  Ngai Tūhoe, and the design of Te Ara a Tawhaki  at Te Wananga o Raukawa, recently completed projects which add significantly to the wellbeing of communities in Te Urewera and Otaki respectively. Graduating in from Auckland University with Honours 1984, Hugh worked for Structon Group before setting up Hugh Tennent Architects.  In 2006 Tennent Brown Architects was formed with Ewan Brown, creating a practice recognised for its dual emphasis on strength of project delivery and design. Hugh has been selected for numerous awards juries and panels, convened the NZIA National Jury, and lectured widely at conferences and speaking tours on the work of the practice.  He was made a Fellow of the NZIA in 2002. Tennent Brown Architects – https://tennentbrown.co.nz/

    • Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2021
      • Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2021 The Trust is pleased to confirm that the programme of having the Chapel open on the first Sunday of the month will continue throughout 2021. The Chapel will be open between 11am and 3pm on 7 March, 4 April (Easter Sunday), 2 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 5 September, 3 October, 7 November and 5 December. You are welcome to visit the Chapel during these hours. Entry is by koha. Wheelchair access is available. Please note that there is no parking available on site.  Please park in Friend Street.  Take a Number 2 bus to Karori.

    • Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2020
      • Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2020 The Trust is pleased to confirm that the programme of having the Chapel open on the first Sunday of the month will continue throughout 2020. The Chapel will be open between 11am and 3pm every Sunday from 7 June. You are welcome to visit the Chapel during these hours. Entry is by koha. Wheelchair access is available. Please note that there is no parking available on site.  Please park in Friend Street.  Take a Number 2 bus to Karori.

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