Despite all our best efforts the Plan B we put in place at very short notice last week has now become Plan C (C for cancel).

All planned events at Futuna Chapel, other than weddings, are now cancelled until further notice.

The Trust will look at an opportunity later this year when the virus particles settle and with the co-operation and support of our presenters and musicians and our sponsors (Dulux NZ, Metalcraft Roofing, Plytech NZ, APL, Warren Trust, local NZIA branches of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and the Wellington City Council) we intend look to put on the Futuna Lecture Series 2020, Annual Open Day Talk and the concert series as Futuna 2020 Take 2 later this year.

We will keep the website updated on this when we have more details available.

Therefore, as we are the presenter of these events, we have asked Dashtickets to refund ALL tickets purchased for the Lecture and Concert Series in full. Complimentary tickets will not receive refunds for obvious reasons.

Please note that the Trust is a voluntary charitable organisation and all funds raised from the Futuna Lecture Series go towards the maintenance and operation of Futuna Chapel. In this light you may consider donating your ticket purchase to the Trust. A receipt for this will be provided by the Trist for tax refund purposes.

If you wish to claim a ticket refund please contact Dashtickets at support@dashtickets.co.nz and the refund will be processed by them direct to you. See Dashtickets terms and conditions for cancellation.

8. Cancelled Events
8.1 The presenter reserves the right to add, withdraw or replace any artist or performer, and to amend the event programme, including date(s), prices, venue capacity and/or seating arrangements.
8.2 Occasionally, events are cancelled by the presenter due to circumstances beyond their control, such as weather conditions. Should this occur, please contact us for information on the procedure for receiving a refund for your ticket(s).
8.3 Refunds are at the sole discretion and control of the presenter. We simply facilitate any refunds on behalf of the presenter.
8.4 PayPal. It is the responsibility of the Organizer to issue refunds to Buyers which have chosen to pay via PayPal. The buyer must request the refund from the Organizer directly. As payments made through PayPal are held by the promoter, Dash Tickets takes no responsibility for issuing refunds through PayPal.
To obtain your refund through PayPal, follow the instructions on the following link http://www.paypal.com/webapps/helpcenter/article/?solutionId=1205177.
8.5 Refund limitations may be set by the presenter if the event is changed, relocated or rescheduled.

Thank you for your understanding

Yours sincerely

Nick Bevin Chair Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust

John Scott’s Chapel of Futuna

In 1958, six years into his private practice, Hawke’s Bay architect John Scott was commissioned by the Society of Mary to design a chapel for their spiritual retreat in Karori, Wellington.

Built by the Brothers of the Society themselves, and embellished by Auckland sculptor Jim Allen, Futuna Chapel opened in 1961 and immediately became a talking point among architects and a mecca for aspiring members of the profession.

In the 50 years since, this little private building hidden away the Wellington suburb of Karori has become generally regarded as an architectural masterpiece and perhaps the most complete example of a true modern ‘indigenous’ New Zealand design.

Nearly Lost

In 2000, the Society of Mary had no further use for the Futuna complex and sold it to developers. While the 66 residential units now forming Futuna Village were being built, the chapel itself was used as a materials store. While tarnished, most of the fixtures and fittings remain in good condition. In 2000 Jim Allen’s magnificent Jesus figure disappeared from the Chapel and remained at large for 12 years until its recovery in 2012.

Concern about the building’s future came from many quarters, but not until the Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust was formed and negotiations with the developers began in earnest was it possible to say that this valuable part of our culture was almost safe.

Safe at last – but money still required!

Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust has now completed the purchase of the Chapel and the parcel of land that it sits on.  The Trust’s main task now is to raise the required funds to complete the planned exterior restoration, and to ensure the future maintenance and operation of the building. You can learn about donating to the Trust here.

Join the Society!

The Friends of Futuna Society has been established by the Trust with the aim of seeking membership from the national and local community to assist with the ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the chapel, support events as well as contribute to the funding of the establishment and maintenance of a Futuna Chapel/John Scott Archive. Membership of the Society will be through an annual subscription. – learn more about the Society here.