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Carterton Events Centre opens with capital stars

Sep 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News


ByChristina Fitzwater

Wellington is bringing its talent to the stage of the new Carterton Event Centre, with Capital E booked and the national ballet interested.

The centre (above), which has been 10 years in the planning, will be finished in time for the official opening on October 29.

There are a quite a number of bookings and they are varied in the types of events says Lorraine Gittings, community development manager for Carterton District Council.

“Capital E are coming, the New Zealand Ballet have also asked if they can come,” says Mrs Gittings.

Rodger Fox and The Big Band from Wellington is the opening night performance, says Mrs Gittings.

She says planning for the opening activities during the day should be confirmed by early October.

“Council are working with the local marae and the A and P society to put on a truly Carterton opening.

“It’s on show weekend so we are working with the A and P Society to make sure that the opening is not going to conflict with anything they are doing.”

“There was hope for the prime minister to attend but because it is election time he’s a bit tied up with other things and also the governor-general is tied up as well.

The events centre will be publicly open for the first time since completion for visitors to see the full extent of $6 million facility.

“It is really important, right from the get-go, that no one feels like they can’t go in.

“It’s everyone’s space, it should feel like they are popping down to their aunties and we need to make it that welcoming.”

It will house the library, meeting rooms, youth centre, Plunket, toy library and a main performance space.

The council is keen to have youth involvement and developing their skills to help them in life, she says.

“It is really important to me that youth are really visible and not just hidden away in the Scout den,” she says.

She says the types of events it can host are only limited by people’s imagination, for example interest has come from a concert pianist from Australia.

“It can be whatever the community want it to be and as big or as small as it wants to be.”

Other interest includes a fashion show, belly dancing lessons and as a back-up in case of rain for the Summer Shakespeare festival.

“I am getting enquiries daily from people who are interested about finding out what the centre will look like, what kind of resources we have, what we could put in there.

“There are a range of meetings like regional meetings from groups all over the Wairarapa who want to come here because it is central,” she says.

















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