Council-controlled organisations

Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA)

About us

RFA provides a regional approach to running and developing Auckland’s vibrant arts, culture and heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment sectors through landmark venues, business units and strategic partnerships.

RFA manages more than $1 billion of major regional facilities and iconic venues accross the city.

Business units

Established in 1888, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is a major national cultural facility as well as an internationally recognised public gallery. It holds the country's most extensive and pre-eminent collection of national and international art, with over 15,500 works in its collections.

A heritage-listed building, the gallery's recent development has transformed its place in the city. This highly successful development has been recognised with 10 national and two international awards.

Visit the Auckland Art Gallery website.

Auckland Conventions offers New Zealand's largest portfolio of unique and versatile venues for a wide range of events from large-scale exhibitions and conventions to intimate meetings and glamorous corporate functions.

Auckland Conventions manages the function spaces for:

  • ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
  • Aotea Centre
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Auckland Town Hall
  • Auckland Zoo
  • Bruce Mason Centre
  • The Civic
  • Mt Smart Stadium
  • QBE Stadium
  • Western Springs Stadium.

Visit the Auckland Conventions website.

Auckland Zoo cares for, and exhibits, the largest collection of wildlife in New Zealand. As well as being a leading centre for wildlife conservation, the zoo provides its visitors with high-quality experiences that inspire them to care for wildlife, and to act positively for the environment.

Since the zoo opened in 1923, it has become an intrinsic part of the city. It has helped make Auckland a vibrant and exciting place in which to live and visit, while engaging Aucklanders in the protection and care of wildlife.

Visit the Auckland Zoo website.

Auckland Live is the home of performing arts and entertainment in Auckland. It manages programmes in:

  • the Aotea Centre
  • The Civic
  • the Auckland Town Hall
  • Aotea Square
  • Bruce Mason Centre
  • Mt Smart Stadium
  • Western Springs Stadium
  • QBE Stadium.

Auckland Live is committed to delivering experiences that delight, inspire, educate, entertain and inform. It presents the best of national and international performing arts and entertainment, as well as a range of community focused programmes that all contribute towards a culturally-rich Auckland.

Visit the Auckland Live website.

Auckland Stadiums is charged with developing and delivering the Stadiums Strategy for Auckland. The overarching goal is to transform Auckland’s stadium landscape to deliver sustainable, fit-for-purpose facilities that deliver improved customer experiences.

Auckland Stadiums directly manages, operates and promotes Mt Smart Stadium, Western Springs Stadium and QBE Stadium. It also works collaboratively with many of Auckland’s major facilities including The Trusts Arena, Vodafone Events Centre, North Shore Events Centre, Vector Arena, ASB Tennis Centre and Eden Park.

Visit the Auckland Stadiums website.

RFA directly manages the following venues:

  • ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
  • Aotea Centre
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Auckland Town Hall
  • Auckland Zoo
  • Bruce Mason Centre
  • The Civic
  • Mt Smart Stadium
  • QBE Stadium
  • Western Springs Stadium

RFA manages the funding and property relationships with:

RFA advises Auckland Council on the levy setting and governance for:

RFA also holds the contractual interest of Auckland Council in Vector Arena and has the management rights for Auckland Town Hall (south) and Aotea Square.


  • To offer experiences to improve the cultural, environmental and social wellbeing of residents and visitors
  • To contribute to the economic wellbeing of businesses and residents
  • To operate as a successful business utilising sound business practice and commercial acumen to make sure Aucklanders receive value for investment in regional facilities.

Working for Auckland, RFA:

  • Acts as a regional voice for arts, culture, heritage, leisure, sports and entertainment issues
  • Advocates, co-ordinates and leads strategic thinking for investing in new collections and arts, cultural, heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment facilities for Auckland
  • Develops, with a regional perspective, a range of fit-for-purpose arts, cultural, heritage, leisure, sport, entertainment and events venues that are attractive to the residents and businesses of the region, and to its visitors
  • Plans for and implements regionally identified projects
  • Nurtures region-wide arts, cultural and heritage activities and organisations
  • Secures Auckland-exclusive international musicals, rock concerts, sporting events and art exhibitions to drive out of town visitation and investment in Auckland’s economy.

Statements of intent

Statement of Intent 2015-2018 (PDF 291KB)
Statement of Intent 2014-2017 (PDF 3.1MB)
Statement of Intent 2013-2016 (PDF 4MB)
Statement of Intent 2012-2015 (PDF 4.2MB)

Annual reports

Regional Facilities Auckland Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2016 (PDF 5.4MB) 
Regional Facilities Auckland Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2015 (PDF 10.3MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2015 (PDF 17.3MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2014 (PDF 12.3MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2014 (PDF 3.1MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2013 (PDF 6.8MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2013 (PDF 805KB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2012 (PDF 6.1MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report Year ended 30 June 2012 (PDF 898KB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Annual Report - 1 November 2010-30 June 2011 (PDF 5.2MB)
Regional Facilities Auckland Limited Annual Report - 1 November 2010-30 June 2011 (PDF 256KB)

Contact details

Phone: 09 309 2677
Address: Level 4, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland 1010
Mail: Private Bag 92340, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142

Leadership team

Executive leadership team

  • Chief Executive Officer: Chris Brooks
  • Chief Finance Officer: Simon Tran
  • Director, External Relations: Paul Brewer
  • Director, Marketing and Communications: Vicki Johnson
  • Director, Auckland Art Gallery: Rhana Devenport
  • Director, Auckland Conventions: Mohamed Mansour
  • Director, Auckland Zoo: Jonathan Wilcken
  • Director, Auckland Live: Robbie Macrae
  • Director, Stadium Management: Paul Nisbet
  • Director, Strategic Partnerships: Doug Cole
  • Director, Cultural Partnerships: Maree Laurent
  • Director, Customer Experience: Penn Trevella
  • Director, People and Culture: Kirsty Dent

Board of directors

  • Chairperson: Rt. Hon Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO
    A former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Don spent eight years as the Commonwealth Secretary-General. He was recently appointed Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust in New Zealand and foundation Chair of The New Zealand China Council. Sir Don is also a trustee of a number of not-for-profit organisations.
  • Deputy Chair: Dame Jenny Gibbs DNZM
    Dame Jenny is well known as a patron of the arts, having served as a trustee on the Arts Foundation New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation and the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, and on the boards of the Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand and NBR New Zealand Opera. In addition to her work in the arts, Dame Jenny served on The University of Auckland Council almost continuously from 1975 to 2009, including two terms as Pro Chancellor. She continues her involvement through the University of Auckland Foundation.
  • John Avery LLB
    John is a full-time director. Current directorships include Spider Tracks Limited, Fund Managers Auckland Limited, the New Zealand School of Dance, the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited, Strategic Pay Limited and Office Product Depot Limited. John was previously a commercial lawyer for 35 years and a long-standing partner in law firm Hesketh Henry.
  • Lisa Bates
    Lisa has worked in the New Zealand arts sector for over 25 years, including in senior roles such as producing Shortland Street for South Pacific Pictures. She supports the not-for-profit sector and has contributed to fundraising strategies for most major arts organisations. Lisa achieved Fundraiser of the Year award for her Q theatre work in 2010. She is an independent company director and a member of the Institute of Directors. Lisa has been appointed by the Crown to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board and is also a trustee of the NZSO Foundation. Lisa works in the field of marketing and communications as executive director of the design and brand agency Hawkins&Co.
  • Geoff Clews
    Geoff has a long involvement in the planning, establishment and governance of public arts facilities in Auckland. He was a principal proponent of the Rose Centre Community Theatre in Belmont, then led the campaign to establish the Bruce Mason Centre in central Takapuna, which he chaired for the first 12 years of its operation. He later joined the Board of Q Theatre for 6 years, seeing that project to successful completion and commissioning. Outside arts governance, Geoff holds degrees in law and jurisprudence and is a senior barrister specializing in contentious tax issues and trust law. He is a Board member of the Auckland Communities Foundation and the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust and an adjunct member of the Commercial Law Faculty at Auckland University. He also sits as a member of the statutory tribunal which deals with complaints against financial advisers.
  • John Robertson
    John is an accredited company director and chartered accountant. He is the Chairman of Commissioners, Kaipara District Council and independent chairman of the Waitemata District Health Board Model of Palliative Care Governance Group. His public service has included Member of Parliament for Papakura, Chairman of Infrastructure Auckland and Mayor of Papakura. He is a former Chairman of Counties Manukau Sports Foundation and Great Potentials Foundation. John is Chairman of the RFA Audit Committee.
  • Rukumoana Schaafhausen LLB
    Rukumoana has practised as a lawyer for a number of years, specialising in the area of governance. She previously worked for a large-scale property development company. Rukumoana serves as a director/trustee on a number of boards including Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated and Genesis Energy.
  • Andrew Collow
    Project Director at Beca, Andrew is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand. With over 40 years’ experience, Andrew is a leader in community-based projects and is regarded as a trusted advisor to a number of local authorities throughout New Zealand. He has extensive experience in the planning, consenting, and development of cultural and recreational community facilities and has taken a lead role in the strategic planning, design, and delivery of a large number of sports, recreation, and cultural buildings. Andrew is on the Board of Home of Cycling and leads the trust’s facility subcommittee responsible for maintenance and building operations.
  • Gary Troup
    Gary brings not only a business and sporting backgrounds but strong community and local government involvement. He was previously Deputy Mayor of Manukau City Council and prior to that spent 12 years on the Papatoetoe Community Board, six as Chairman. Actively involved with many local community groups, Gary, a former New Zealand cricketer, has continued his involvement in cricket and is now President of Auckland Cricket. Gary is a trustee on the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and Chairman of Camp Quality New Zealand (for children living with cancer).

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