TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre

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TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre
TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre is a multi-purpose event centre located in Manukau City, New Zealand, with an indoor arena, theatre and meeting halls hosting community, cultural and sports events, concerts and plays, exhibits, trade shows and expos, corporate functions, meetings, weddings and other special events. The event centre has cost an estimated NZ$ 48.7 million, of which somewhat less than half came from Manukau City Council. The naming sponsor is TelstraClear.

Facilities
The Sir Woolf Fisher Arena has an end theatre stage capacity of 3,000 people utilising a combination of terraced and flat floor seating. Large scale cultural, entertainment and sport events come to life in the Sir Woolf Fisher Arena with innovative seating rising into the ceiling opening an ambient banqueting hall and exhibition space. Also included with the Arena are 4 changing rooms. Sponsored by Genesis Energy, this theatre features changeable seating with a traditional end stage format. The theatre sits a maximum of 340 people when set up for banquet or convention table evets, but can hold more for standard end stage type events. It is home to the Manukau Symphony Orchestra while hosting other concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, weddings and conferences. The theatre includes 4 dressing rooms.

2009 Highlights
Mayoress Charity Gala Ball raised $300,000 for Kidz First NZ$ 544,000 given in direct community sponsorship 9,020 students attended our Schools Programme Home to the Manukau Symphony Orchestra Home to The Original Art Sale , Auckland's largest art sale event Host to Inaugural Manukau Festival of Arts Proud host to the NZ Prime Minister’s Job Summit 2009 Over 1.3 million visitors since opening 65% of events were community based Design completed for Stage 2 Matariki Scholarship Award Over 400 great indoor and outdoor events The Trust continues to exceed financial targets

Awards
The centre has won a number of awards over the years:
  • NZIA Resene, Local Award for Architecture - Category: Community & Cultural (2005)
  • Origin Timber Design Awards - Category: Commercial or Public / Architectural Excellence (Cox Creative Spaces, Sinclair Knight Merz & Mainzeal Construction) / Supreme Award Winner (2005)
  • Property Council of New Zealand / Rider Hunt Property Awards - Category: Special Purpose Property Award of Excellence (Ignite Architects), (2006)
  • AGENZ, Silver Award of Merit - Category: In recognition of an outstanding project (2006)
  • Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award - Category: Excellence in Tourism - Finalist (2006)
  • Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Award - Category: Excellence in Tourism - Winner (2006)