Vodafone Events Centre

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Vodafone Events Centre
TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre.jpg
Address 770 Great South Road
Location Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
Owner Counties Manukau Pacific Trust
Operator Manukau City Council
Opened 3 April 2005; 12 years ago (2005-04-03)
Construction cost
NZ$ 48.7 million
Former names
TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre (2005-13)
Theatre seating
3,000 (Sir Woolf Fisher Arena)
700 (Genesis Energy Theatre)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 4,696 square metres (50,550 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting 362 square metres (3,900 sq ft)
 • Ballroom 2,200 square metres (24,000 sq ft)
Website
Venue Website

Vodafone Events Centre[1] (originally the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre) is a multi-purpose event centre located in Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand (suburb of the former Manukau City), with an indoor arena, theatre and meeting halls hosting community, cultural and sports events, concerts and plays, exhibits, trade shows and expos, corporate functions, meetings, weddings and other special events. The event centre has cost an estimated NZ$ 48.7 million, of which somewhat less than half came from Manukau City Council. The naming rights sponsor was TelstraClear. but after it was purchased by Vodafone New Zealand, the center was subsequently renamed.

Facilities[edit]

Sir Woolf Fisher Arena

The Sir Woolf Fisher Arena has an end theatre stage capacity of 3,000 people utilising a combination of terraced and flat floor seating. [2]

Genesis Energy Theatre

Sponsored by Genesis Energy Limited, this theatre features changeable seating with a traditional end stage format. The theatre sits a maximum of 340 people when set up for banquet or convention table events, but can hold more for standard end stage type events. It is home to the Manukau Symphony Orchestra while hosting other concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, weddings and conferences. The theatre includes four dressing rooms.[3]

Vector Wero Whitewater Park

The Vector Wero Whitewater Park (opened 2016) is the first purpose-built man-made river and white-water facility of New Zealand, offers water activities including rafting, kayaking and standup paddleboarding as well as for the 2017 World Masters Games.[4]

2009 Highlights[edit]

Mayoress Charity Gala Ball raised $300,000 for Kidz First[5]
NZ$ 544,000 given in direct community sponsorship
9,020 students attended our Schools Programme[6]
Home to the Manukau Symphony Orchestra[7]
Home to The Original Art Sale,[8] Auckland's largest art market
Host to the Southside Arts Festival[9]
Over 1.3 million visitors since opening
65% of events were community based
Design completed for Stage 2[10]

Awards[edit]

The centre has won a number of awards over the years:[11]

  • NZIA Resene, Local Award for Architecture - Category: Community & Cultural (2005)
  • Origin Timber Design Awards - Category: Commercial or Public / Architectural Excellence (Cox Creative Spaces, Sinclair Knight Merz & Mainzeal Construction) / Supreme Award Winner (2005)
  • Property Council of New Zealand / Rider Hunt Property Awards - Category: Special Purpose Property Award of Excellence (Ignite Architects), (2006)
  • AGENZ, Silver Award of Merit - Category: In recognition of an outstanding project (2006)
  • Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award - Category: Excellence in Tourism - Finalist (2006)
  • Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award - Category: Excellence in Tourism - Winner (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Adrian (March 29, 2013). "Name change upsets". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Sir Wolf Fisher Arena (from the official website. Accessed 2013-04-02.)
  3. ^ Genesis Energy Theatre (from the official website. Accessed 2013-04-02.)
  4. ^ Vector Wero Whitewater Park (from the official website. Accessed 2016-04-27.)
  5. ^ Kidz First Children's Hospital
  6. ^ TelstraClear Pacific Schools Programme
  7. ^ Manukau Symphony Orchestra
  8. ^ The Original Art Sale
  9. ^ Southside Arts Festival
  10. ^ Vodafone Events Centre Stage 2 Project
  11. ^ Awards (from the official website. Accessed 2013-04-02.)

Coordinates: 36°59′56″S 174°53′15″E / 36.9988511°S 174.8873663°E / -36.9988511; 174.8873663