Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Multi-purpose venue nestled in the very heart of the Whanganui CBD
The Whanganui War Memorial Centre is the perfect place to host a dinner, dance, event conference, expo, while the Pioneer Room is the ideal venue for an intimate romantic wedding. Imagine the fun you could have preparing for your occasion in this iconic building.
Whether it’s a dinner for 600 in The Main Hall, dancing the night away on the sprung dance floor – a seminar for 30 employees in the Pioneer Room – or a show with the Steinway Grand Piano in the Concert Chamber, we are able to cater to all your needs in our fully equipped, multi-functional Centre.
Ensuring that your event is memorable for all the right reasons.
The team at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre (WWMC), provides support and expertise to ensure visitors and users of the WWMC are delighted with their experience. The team has worked tirelessly, with consideration and skill, to revitalise the venue into a centre Whanganui can be really proud of.
The WWMC, which opened in 1960, free of debt thanks to the support of the local community through fundraising and donations, is among the top 1000 architectural ‘modernistic’ buildings in the world and the top 50 in the southern hemisphere, it is both beautiful and practical and has served the community well ever since.
This personal service is included in your rental fee, and you are always welcome to contact us for a no obligation quote. From ‘how much and how many’ right down to what suits your individual requirements, the team will ensure your event at the Whanganui War Memorial Centre is memorable for all the right reasons.
Holding an exclusive high profile event with multiple functions? Then the Whanganui War Memorial Centre is the answer.
A complete Centre rental package is available.
Used for nationally significant events such as Tech-Ex, Youth of the Nation and many more, our venue is the ideal place to hold an event requiring space, flexibility, and the highest quality facilities.
You feel a sense of elegance and spaciousness as you enter the foyer onto the beautiful marble effect floor.
The Lower Foyer boasts a fantastic stained glass window which lights up the Book of Remembrance. The staircase winds up to the Upper Foyer which has a New Zealand native Matai polished floor and excellent use of natural light, again through our specially commissioned stained glass windows. The Upper Foyer then leads you to the Centre’s three main spaces.
Whanganui War Memorial Centre
Constructed between 1955 & 1960 as a living memorial to the 375 men and women from Whanganui who lost their lives in the Second World War.
The design of the WWMC resulted from a national competition, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects in liaison with the Council, which attracted 42 entrants.
In 1961 the building design was awarded a Gold Medal from the New Zealand Institute of Architects and received a 25 year award from the Institute in 1997.
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