Arts centres, theatres and galleries

Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku opened in October 2010.

This purpose-built complex nurtures and presents the diversity of arts, crafts and cultural activities that underpin the unique character of Māngere, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific visual and performing arts. The galleries have become known for their cutting-edge visual exhibitions of regional and national importance, while the theatre is a multi-purpose space used for a wide range of performances and events.


The facility

The arts centre includes:

  • 390 m² of performing arts space
  • 217 m² of gallery space
  • 56 m² studio space
  • and many foyers, offices, dressing rooms, community kitchen, space for a future café and an outdoor courtyard.

One of the aims of the centre is to showcase artists in the community by providing a professional, high quality venue with knowledgeable and skilled staff that are passionate about Mangere.

The arts centre is for people of all backgrounds and ages, and will offer a wide range of arts experiences from visual arts, crafts, heritage arts and multimedia to performing arts, theatre, dance and music.

The centre has a particular focus on Maori and Pacific visual arts and performing arts - with the vision of developing a profile of national and international significance.

Mangere Arts Centre south elevation



Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 will feature a rotating schedule of exhibitions, with a mix of work by local and national artists. With a range of public programmes, including exhibition opening events, artist floor talks and demonstrations the visual arts area will offer a space to reflect on the artworks as well as learn from the concepts and ideas portrayed within each exhibition.

Find out the details of our current and upcoming exhibitions on the OurAuckland site.

Make sure you visit the new shop, located at the entrance of the arts centre – where local artists and craft makers can display and sell their works. If you’re looking for a special gift or artwork for home or office, come and take a look at the works for sale and support an artist!



An exciting programme of performances and events is planned for the theatre. With an extensive lighting and audio set-up, we will be offering performance seasons of dance, New Zealand theatre and music, featuring traditional performance groups, choirs, bands, youth events and more!

The theatre is a multi-purpose space that can be used for a wide range of performances and events or as a workshop and/or large rehearsal space, if required.

The Studio / Green Room has an adjacent community kitchen so that groups can self-cater during rehearsal and performance sessions. The Studio / Green Room is ideal for small groups to hire for rehearsals, workshops and meetings.


Get involved

 We are looking for artists and performers to be part of Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku! Whether you have works to sell in our shop, a new CD to launch, or a theatre production waiting to be premiered, we really want to hear from you!


Contact us


Corner Orly Ave and Bader Drive, Mangere Town Centre

Postal address

Private Bag 92300, Auckland 1142

Contact details

Phone: (09) 262 5789
Fax: (09) 275 5919

Opening hours:

Art galleries and general business hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sundays and Public holidays, closed

Performing Arts Theatre
Monday to Sunday, 9am -11pm (depending on performances)
Public holidays, closed
(Note: Art galleries are also open during theatre performances)

Christmas and New Year period:

Closed from 24 December to 11 January


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