The Wellington Town Hall Te Whare Whakarauika holds a special place in the heart of all Wellingtonians. Opened in 1904, it has hosted numerous live performances, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as fashion shows, film recordings, citizenship ceremonies, debutante balls, weddings, degree conferrals, Council meetings and at least one episcopal ordination.
Its main auditorium has been rated one of the best in the world for acoustic quality; Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of New York’s Juilliard School, said of it:
“It is a precious jewel. It is rare and irreplaceable. It cannot be recreated. Like an old instrument, it improves with time. It could be unique in the world.”
In a powerful collaboration, Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington City Council are planning to develop a national centre of musical education, performance and innovation in Wellington’s Civic Square with an upgraded and strengthened Wellington Town Hall alongside adjacent buildings.
As we begin this work, we are aware that every Wellingtonian has a memory or two of the Old Town Hall. We want to capture some of the magic that this beautiful building has generated over the years and invite you to share your stories.
Find out more about the fundraising campaign for this ambitious project.