Te Atamira is a multi-purpose creative and cultural space in the heart of the Whakatipu region. Ignite has designed a hub that enriches people’s quality of life and contributes to the district’s cultural, social, and economic vitality.
Te Atamira, meaning a performance stage or platform in Māori, caters to more than 40 groups and organisations. Encompassing two dance studios, two theatre spaces, a recording studio, a pottery workshop, multiple artist studios and music spaces, a workshop classroom, curated art gallery and a flexible youth-focused space, the new hub creates opportunities for locals to foster creativity and experience performing and visual arts.
The inception of the facility provides a unique opportunity to ensure the physical infrastructure of the district was developed in a way that enabled residents to access high-calibre visual and performing arts, as well as pathways for their own creative endeavours.
Since the opening of Te Atamira, the local community have been exposed to international artists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany.Te Atamira will continue to house artists from all around the world.
NZIA Local Architecture Award, Southern - Public