THE AOTEA CENTRE
50 Mayoral Drive
Opened in 1990 by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the Aotea Centre is a multi-purpose venue of world-class design featuring optimal flexibility across the centre, the latest technology, contemporary furnishings, and a large collection of New Zealand artwork.
Comprising the ASB Theatre, the Herald Theatre and a range of foyers, bars and function rooms, the Aotea Centre is a world-class performing arts centre in the Auckland CBD, showcasing significant New Zealand artwork and a drawing international artists and events.
The Maori name "Aotea" has several meanings in English, the most common one being "White Cloud" or "beyond the mist, a new beginning".
In 1988, as part of the building of the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE commissioned a significant body of work from prominent New Zealand artists. The pieces, which take pride of place throughout the Aotea Centre, comprise some of New Zealand's most highly regarded artworks.
Since its opening, the Aotea Centre has been widely used by New Zealand performing artists and companies. The venue has also hosted countless international artists and events.