We are pleased to be able to offer Futuna Chapel as a venue for selected functions. Futuna Chapel is suitable for secular or religious events, and its architectural presence will add to the impact and emotion of the occasion.
Futuna is the last remnant of the Society of Mary Catholic retreat centre that was built on the former Kirkcaldie estate. Futuna Chapel itself was designed by Architect John Scott, contains art by sculptor Jim Allen, and was hand built by the Marist brothers. The Chapel was consecrated on the 19 March 1961.
The design of the Chapel is unique, due in part to the vision of John Scott, but also to the requirements of a chapel in a church retreat. When built, the Chapel was required to accommodate the Catholic priests staying at the retreat centre, and allow for each of them to say Mass every day. Hence, as well as the main altar, there are four other side altars around the walls in the Chapel.
The Chapel was deconsecrated in 1999 when the retreat centre was sold by the Society of Mary. Futuna Chapel was threatened with demolition, but was purchased by the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust, a group of private citizens concerned with Wellington, and New Zealand art, architecture and history. The Trust, a non-profit organisation, dedicated themselves to ensuring that Futuna Chapel was preserved for future generations.
Futuna Chapel received a Gold Medal from the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1968, and in 1986 was awarded the inaugural 25 Year Award. It is recognised as a masterwork of New Zealand architecture.
In choosing Futuna Chapel as the venue for your occasion, you are sharing the gift of Futuna with your guests and they will thank you.
You are also supporting the Trust to preserve the Chapel and we thank you.