Mayfair Community Arts and Culture



  • Property Council NZ Award of Excellence (Civic, Health & Arts Property Award)

  • Resene Colour Award

  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson Marlborough Award; Public Architecture



  • ‘NZ Local Architecture Awards 2021’ Architecture New Zealand, September/October, pg 94

  • “Winners of the 2021 Local Architecture awards for two more regions inside”, Architecture Now,, 17.5.2021

  • Adrienne Matthews, ‘Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Local Architecture Awards’, Nelson Magazine, July 2021, pgs 60-63

The Mayfair Cinema was built in the 1930’s, contributing as an art deco icon on Kaikoura’s seaside esplanade. In true 1930’s cinema style, a simple shed and screen were dignified by a sturdy art deco façade, focussing on ground floor entry doors.

The 2017 earthquakes caused significant damage to the masonry building rendering it unsafe and unusable; only the reinforced concrete façade could be salvaged.

This project installs two multipurpose auditoria and a public gallery behind the retained façade, transforming the former cinema into a Community Cinema and Arts Hub.

Mayfair Community Arts and Culture facility is the first Public project completed in the recovery from the earthquake. As such it represents a significant step in the journey to recovery for Kaikoura and its wider community.

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