Maintaining the PumpHouse Theatre building and ensuring it is safe for people to use is an ongoing responsibility. Some of this work requires major project funding with fundraising efforts, grant applications and Auckland Council support all needed to achieve our goals.

Courtyard Canopy

An artist's impression of the canopy

Artist’s Impression

We are excited to be moving forward with our project to install a canopy over the courtyard at The PumpHouse Theatre.

The canopy will provide weather protection for patrons using the bathroom facilities, somewhere sheltered for children to eat their lunch after a show, and a space to host gala functions which overlooks the beautiful Lake Pupuke.

We have partnered with Shade Systems to design and build the canopy, along with Dave Pearson Architects who have ensured the design compliments the existing building’s heritage architecture.

We wanted a solution that was affordable, easy to maintain and with a construction timeline that minimised disruption to the theatre. The Trust Board have considered several options before settling on our preferred concept designed by Shade Systems.

We were impressed with the Shade Systems proposal and their enthusiasm for The PumpHouse and for designing a custom solution that worked within the existing structures.

We have the support of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Auckland Council and Heritage New Zealand, and have obtained the necessary consents to begin construction.


Our goal is to raise a modest $60,000 to complete construction and associated improvements to landscaping and lighting.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Becroft Foundation, we have already funded approximately $12,000 for Heritage Impact assessments, Heritage Architects, and resources consents.


Make a donation We’re about 13% of the way there.

As we are a registered charity, your donation may be tax deductible.

To discuss a larger donation or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Business Manager James Bell on 09 486 2386.


 We are grateful for the support of our partners in this project to date, who include:

  • Shade Systems
  • DPA Architects
  • Auckland Council
  • Devonport-Takapuna Local Board,
  • Heritage New Zealand
  • The Becroft Foundation