Futuna Lecturer for 2020


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


Hugh Tennent is replacing Frances Kéré for the 2020 Futuna Lecture Series

The international Futuna Lecturer for 2020, Frances Kéré, has had to cancel his travel to New Zealand due to risks attached with the Coronavirus epidemic.

This year will be the 10th year of the Futuna Lecture Series and the organiser of this annual event, The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust, are keen for the three events to proceed. A great deal of time has been invested in this and we all deserve to benefit from that.

We have, at very short notice, come up with a Plan B which consists of NZ architect Hugh Tennent giving the 2020 Futuna Lecture in Auckland Wednesday 18th March, Christchurch Friday 20th March and Wellington Saturday 21st March.

Our sponsors being Dulux NZ, Metalcraft Roofing, Plytech, APL, Warren Trust and NZIA branches have been unanimous in continuing their support for this event at very short notice which is very much appreciated. The Trust hopes that all ticket holders will also be able to continue their support for this event as well. By having purchased a ticket you are supporting the work of the Trust. The Trust is a voluntary organisation and all funds raised from the Futuna Lecture Series go towards the maintenance and operation of Futuna Chapel. So please consider donating your ticket to some one else or, if necessary, claim through Dashtickets for a refund.

Hugh is one of the main presenters at the Deerubbin 2020 ‘conference’ which is still proceeding this coming weekend and will give his Deerubbin presentation as the Futuna Lecture. This year the theme of Deerubbin is…



Hugh is a founding director of Tennent Brown Architects, a multi-award winning Wellington architecture studio with empathy for the way people live, work and play. The practice pays particular respect to core Māori cultural principles such as manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga – linked ideas that talk about the importance and duty of taking responsibility for personal health and well-being whilst also ensuring the protection of the health and wellbeing of the wider whānau, environment and community.

Looking forward to seeing large, supportive and appreciative audiences in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington for this event.

Nga mihi

Nick Bevin
Trust Chair

The Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust wish to thank our sponsors for their support without which we would not be able to host the Futuna Lecture Series. This is the 10th consecutive year for the Lecture Series and is our major annual fundraiser for the Trust and for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the Chapel.


Temporary Exhibition

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building / Philadelphia / USA

Useful links to some of Kérés work;