Mahara Gallery upgrade
The long-planned upgrade of the Mahara Gallery in Waikanae will begin later in 2021.
Council has voted to confirm its $2.8 million commitment to the project’s $6.5 million estimated cost, following the Mahara Gallery Trust’s recent success in securing government funding from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF) towards the project.
The project funding includes a $250,000 grant from the Waikanae Community Board.
The Mahara Gallery is housed in a Council-owned building in Mahara Place, Waikanae. The Mahara Gallery Trust is seeking to provide a permanent home for the Field Collection in Waikanae. To achieve this, the Mahara Gallery needs additional space for exhibition, storage, workshops, and administration, and needs to upgrade those spaces to museum standard to house the collection and to be able to attract and show significant touring exhibitions and collections from other galleries.
The Council and the Mahara Gallery Trustees signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together, with Mahara Gallery becoming the District Gallery for Kāpiti.
The project will involve a rebuild of the current gallery building on its existing site in Mahara Place Waikanae.
As well as enabling the Gallery to accept the gift of the Field Collection, it will also double the number of exhibition galleries and almost treble the exhibition space.
The Gallery will be a permanent home for the Field Collection, which includes 24 paintings by Frances Hodgkins, and family documents. The collection is a significant asset for Waikanae and the whole Kāpiti District.
The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund grant decision is time-limited and subject to the Trust and Council meeting certain conditions. It has two parts:
- an initial grant of $1,733,000 (GST excl)
- a further contingency sum of up to $432,000 (GST excl).
The two grants amount to a combined potential grant of $2.165 million.
The Council understands that this contingency will be held by Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage as a further safety net ‘just in case’ the project incurs unexpected construction phase costs that go beyond Council’s own undertakings for the project.
Aside from the Council contribution and the time-limited conditional grant offer from the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund, the Mahara Gallery Trust Board has raised more than $1.5 million dollars, including a grant from the NZ Lottery Board’s Environment and Heritage Fund for $450,000.
The funding from local and central government ensures that we can retain the Field Collection in Kapiti and make a start later in the year on upgrading the Gallery building.
It is hoped that by the end of 2022, Kāpiti will have a district gallery that meets accepted museum and gallery standards and houses an art collection of national significance.
- Confirmation of Council investment opens the way for Gallery upgrade (19 March 2021)
- Shovel-ready projects identified to help Kāpiti recovery (7 May 2020)
- Mahara Gallery remains firmly in the Council's sights (15 Nov 2016)
- Council confirms its commitment to Mahara Gallery Upgrade (27 June 2016)
- Council considers recommendation to put the Mahara Gallery upgrade on hold (2012)
- Waikanae library and gallery options still open (2011)