Music in the Chapel – Fire & Grace from USA

Fire & Grace are performing a 1 hour concert at Futuna Chapel commencing at 5pm on Saturday 1 April.

Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. Cash sales only at the door, no EftPos available.

Edwin Huizinga – Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga has established himself as one of North America’s most versatile violinists.

William Coulter – Grammy award winning guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional and classical music for over 25 years.

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Edwin and William have been touring together for three years.

What is Fire & Grace? An eclectic exploration into the  fire and grace that connects the elements of classical, folk and contemporary musical traditions from around the world.

New Patron for the Futuna Trust

Chris Cochran MNZM

We are very pleased to announce that Chris Cochran has agreed to take on the role of Patron, following (a little nervously) in the strong tradition set by Dame Shona Kenderdine.

Chris brings to the Trust wide knowledge of New Zealand’s built heritage, learnt first-hand – initially in activism in the 1970s helping the local initiative to see the country’s first conservation zone established in Thorndon; then working on Government-owned heritage buildings in the Ministry of Works, and in 1988 setting up in private practice as a conservation architect. This has involved work for Heritage New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, NZ and UK Antarctic Heritage Trusts, the Rail Heritage Trust, and marae committees, local authorities and private owners.

His career in conservation has been motivated by the importance of the sense of place and the social life that heritage buildings nuture; by admiration of the ingenuity and creativity of those whose buildings we have inherited; by the need to conserve the natural resources of the planet, and by the challenge of adapting and modifying for modern use structures that served the different needs of an earlier time. His conservation planning documents have been influential in the adaptive re-use and conservation of some of our most important buildings, and even, in some cases, in seeing them survive at all.

Some of his favourite buildings? For the seamless integration of a building in a dramatic landscape, Mitchell’s Cottage in Central Otago; for engineering intelligence in the back country, the Springvale Bridge over the Rangitikei; for sheer pioneering audacity, and authenticity to an earlier time, Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds; for the genius of two races coming together in the 1850s, Rangiatea in Otaki, and of course, as the finest modernist building New Zealand has produced, Futuna Chapel in Karori. Thorndon is a special place for Chris, having lived and worked there in the Wedge, family home since 1969, and having written conservation plans for Turnbull House, the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, Rita Angus Cottage and recently Lilburn House, the homes of four important New Zealanders, as well as for Parliament Buildings and Old St Paul’s.

Chris, a registered architect, was awarded the MNZM in 2007 for services to conservation. He knows Futuna well, having written the conservation plan for the Trust in 2006.

Futuna Lecture Series 2017

The lecture at Futuna Chapel on Saturday 8th April is sold out.

At very short notice and with a bit of leg work the Trust has managed to partner with the Friends of Te Papa to host an additional lecture at the Soundings Theatre at Te Papa on Monday 10th April. The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust will receive the funds raised after costs have been met.
This additional event has not been able to be achieved without  the support of the Friends of Te Papa and Sarah Kenderdine’s generous co-operation which she confirmed from a mobile friendly spot somewhere in the middle of Myanmar.

Saturday 8 April, 6.30pm – 8pm, Futuna Chapel, 67 Futuna Close – SOLD OUT
Monday 10 April, 5.45pm – 7.00pm, Sounding Theatre, Te Papa (additional session) 15 CPD points (5 Design, 5 Documentation, 5 Project Mgt) Cost: Registered Architect $25, public $30, architectural graduate/student $15.

Link for Friends of Te Papa website and booking for lecture follows:


The Futuna Trust is delighted to announce that the Guest Lecturer for the Futuna Lecture Series in 2017 is Professor Sarah Kenderdine from the University of NSW.  

As guardians of a heritage building the Trust decided to cast its net outside the world of just contemporary architecture. It recognised an opportunity that by inviting Sarah the Futuna Lecture Series would engage in the wider realm of architectural heritage and culture.

Sarah is not an architect, but an archeologist working on numerous heritage sites around the world including China, India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. She was awarded her PHD entitled “in-situ: Immersive Architectures for the Embodiment of Culture and Heritage” at RMIT in 2010 and is at the forefront of new methods of digitally capturing and publicly exhibiting built and cultural heritage through interactive augmented reality in libraries, art galleries and museums all around the world.

Her laboratories work on the application of high fidelity data acquisition technologies, new virtual environment design (portable and permanent installations), computer graphics, data mining, high-speed networking, visual and sonic analytics and knowledge visualization—to reframe engagement with tangible and intangible heritage.

Sarah is not well known in her home country of New Zealand so the Trust is very excited to be able to provide her with an opportunity to present her work to a New Zealand audience. Her lecture is entitled “Architectures for the Senses: Cultural Heritage in the Age of Experience”.  She will deliver the lecture in Auckland Wednesday 5th April at the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, Thursday 6th April at The Piano Auditorium and on Saturday 8th April at Futuna Chapel.  Tickets are available on line at

She will talk about her research work at the forefront of digitally interactive and immersive experiences. She amalgamates cultural heritage with new media art practice in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. She is a pioneer in the fields of digital heritage, digital humanities and big data visualisation.

Sarah is Professor at University of New South Wales Art & Design where she is the founding director of the transdisciplinary Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre), pioneering new visualization infrastructures and projects across the arts and sciences. In addition she is the Director of the Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM), Deputy director for the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) and Head of Special Projects for Museum Victoria since 2003.

Sarah’s recent Awards include:

  • Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Prize for Distinctive Work in 2014
  • The International Council of Museums Award (Australia)
  • Inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards Innovation Award in 2013.

In 2016 Sarah was elected President of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities.

In 2017 she will take up the position of professor in Digital Museology at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Here is a link to her website …
… and click here for her Ted Talk.

Click here for more details on Architecture For the Senses

The Futuna Lecture Series is the largest annual fundraising event for the Trust and would not be possible without the support of the following:

The Trust is grateful for this support in helping to bring this unique annual lecture series to New Zealand for the 7th year running.