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.

Open Day & Public Talk



The annual public Open Day and Public Talk at the Chapel will be held on Sunday 9th April between 11am and 4:30pm.

Open the flyer in PDF form here.

The programme includes:

• Chapel open 11:00am
• Guided tour of the Chapel 11:30 am to 12:00pm
• Lunch and public access  12:00pm to 1:00pm
• NZ Harp Duo  1:30pm to 2:30pm
• PUBLIC TALK “Extreme Conservation” 3:00pm to 4:00pm
• Chapel closes 4:30pm

“Extreme Conservation”

Conservation architect and Futuna Trust Patron Chris Cochran MNZM, and architect Pip Cheshire (2015 NZIA Gold Medalist) will present conservation work they have been undertaking in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for the last twenty years. The projects include huts constructed at Cape Adare in support of Carsten Borchgrevink’s 1898 expedition, at Hut Point for Robert Falcon Scott’s 1901 expedition, Cape Royds for Sir Ernest Shackelton’s 1907 expedition, Cape Evans for Scott’s fatal 1910 expedition and at Pram Point for Sir Edmund Hillary’s support of the 1956 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic expedition.

Entry is by koha for the tour, the musical performance and the Public Talk. 10 CPD points for registered architects.

Pointing’s darkroom – 22 Dec 1960


Michelle Velvin and Jennifer Newth are the NZ Harp Duo and have been performing together in various forms since they were young harp students. They are dedicated to showcasing the versatility and striking presence of two harps in concert and this will be their third performance at Futuna Chapel.

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.