Futuna Chapel Open Day 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


Ron Brownson is Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.  He has worked long-term as a professional curator and is an expert on New Zealand and Pacific art with has a particular interest in photography.

The most amazing discovery for me was the Futuna Chapel in Wellington, “one of the most spiritual interiors in all New Zealand”, as Ron describes it. It was designed by John Scott, with windows by Jim Allen that cast shimmering patterns of coloured light on the walls, which in the course of the day move across a large scale, magnificent mahogany Christ figure, also Allen’s work. This “very emotional, very passionate work”, to use Ron’s words, was missing for 12 years, stolen, but happily it was recovered and reinstated in the chapel.


Ron has initiated many exhibition and publication projects including John Kinder Photographs, Rita Angus, 1950s Auckland Photographers, Ioane Ioane Fale Sa, Ross T. Smith, John Pule, Marti Friedlander Photographs, Pat Hanly – Pure Painting, L. Budd et al, Eric Le Johnson  – Opo the Hokianga Dolphin, Gretchen Albrecht, Fiona Pardington, Le Fauluga – Pacific artists from New Zealand, Self and Other: The Expressionist Spirit in New Zealand Art, Tribute: Visual artists celebrated by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, Fiona Pardington Proud Flesh, Open Skies Divided Horizons, Greg Semu O Le Tatau Samoa, Colin McCahon’s Titirangi, Fatu Feu’u, Golden – Celebrating 50 Years of the Friends of the Gallery (with Jane Davidson Ladd) Michael Smither The Wonder Years, Through the Eyes of Shirin Neshat, In Shifting Light, John Kinder’s New Zealand, Local Revolutionaries: Art & Change 1965–1986 (with Mary Kisler), Partner Dance: Gifts from the Patrons of the Gallery (with Natasha Conland), Choi Jeong Hwa Flower Chandelier, Te Wā Tōiri: Fluid Horizons, Home AKL – artists of Pacific Heritage at Auckland (with Kolokesa Mahina Tuai, Nina Tonga and Ema Tavola), Kinder’s Presence: John Kinder, Mark Adams, Chis Corson Scott, Haruhiko Sameshima, Robert Ellis – Turangawaewae: A Place to Stand, Ralph Hotere’s Godwit Kuaka, The Extra Ordinary Everyday in New Zealand Art, Len Casbolt – From Soft Focus to Sharp Vision, A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland.

Ron Brownson edited ART TOI – New Zealand art in the collection of Auckland Art Gallery, a comprehensive profile of local art.