The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki has undergone a major restoration and expansion, transforming the building into a world-class cultural facility.
Opened in the beginning of September 2011, the building’s $121m upgrade now allows visitors to experience New Zealand's largest art collection in a gallery that has undergone heritage restoration as well as strengthening, expansion and modernisation.
The project was helped by grants worth a total of $6.5m from ASB Community Trust in 2005 and 2006. Other contributions came from the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation’s fund-raising efforts, from central government and from Auckland Council.
The refurbishment, with its dramatic atrium and soaring kauri canopies, provides the city with an international-standard gallery space. With more than 100% increase in space for the collections and exhibitions, it has improved lighting and sound, a more environmentally-friendly design and dedicated teaching areas. There are family-friendly interactive spaces and a unique Maori design dimension is visible throughout.
ASB Community Trust is proud to be part of providing our region with another legacy project, which now stands alongside the Auckland Museum, MOTAT and Eden Park projects the Trust has helped fund in recent years.
Further north, in Kaitaia, another legacy project is being celebrated, with the building of Te Ahu, the regions new community facilities project.
A grant of $3m from the Trust helped build the $14m facility, with other funding coming from Lottery Community Facilities Fund, Kaitaia Community Forest Trust, Juken NZ Ltd, Pub Charity, Te Hiku Community Board, Oxford Trust and the Far North District Council, amongst others.
When complete, Te Ahu will house a museum, library, café, public spaces, video conference and meetings rooms, a computer classroom, local council offices and iSITE in addition to the refurbishment of the existing theatre, community hall, banquet room, outdoor areas and kitchen. Te Ahu is due to open in early 2012.