Chair of Kapiti Performing Arts Group Cas Carter says seeing the new Kapiti Performing Arts Centre take shape is incredibly exciting.
The centre is a $10million project designed to fill a gap in facilities available for community use, as well as meet the needs of Kapiti College’s burgeoning performing arts talent.
When completed, the 2000 square-metre venue will include Coastlands 330-seat theatre, the black box theatre, classrooms and rehearsal spaces.
Ms Carter told Beach Fm that it has been a lengthy project, however, seeing the crane arrive on site saw plenty of applause.
She says now that the external structure is complete, it helps to understand the size, capacity and the impact it has on the landscape.
Ms Carter says the group expect the centre to be completed by the end of this year and hope to see performers on stage early next year.
She says that the centre is going to make a significant difference for the Kapiti community to showcase local arts.
Ms Carter says the region has had nowhere to showcase arts, but now a has place.
She says having the centre means the community will no longer have to travel to other places to see shows, instead it will bring artists to Kapiti.