Opened in March 2019, the newest Wellington venue operated by Black & Gold venues and events is a blue-chip function centre designed and positioned for the corporate market.
Kumutoto comes complete with a 22-person boardroom, two modern seminar rooms and a foyer in the heart of CBD, and its premium waterfront location offers stunning views of Wellington harbour out to Oriental Bay.
Kumutoto’s three rooms are encased in floor-to-ceiling windows, with individually controllable blinds and sunshades that enable the scenic aspect to be dialled up or down as desired. The rooms feature the latest integrated lighting and AV technology, and high-speed WiFi.
Completely opened up, Kumutoto can accommodate up to 140 standing, making it ideal for fundraisers, exhibitions and social events in addition to meetings and seminars.
Located at the top end of town, Kumutoto is embedded amongst the CBD, key government agencies and departments, and Wellington train station. Flamingo Joe’s – one of Wellington’s hottest new most popular new dining and drinks venues – sits directly underneath.
The building boasts an NBS (earthquake safety) rating of 180%, making it arguably Wellington’s safest function centre, and offers full disabled access.
The Runanga boardroom
Taking its name from the literal translation for ‘meeting’ or ‘meeting place’ in Te Reo Maori, the Runanga boardroom is a stunning space encased in glass, with breath-taking harbour views and a huge boardroom table that can accommodate up to 22.
Runanga features the latest lighting and audio visual technology integrated into the room, and individually controllable blinds and shades for when attention needs to turn to business.
The combination of architecture, amenities and natural light make Runanga arguably the best boardroom of its size in Wellington.
The Whataitai room
Whataitai is the larger of the two seminar rooms at Kumutoto, and enjoys the same dazzling views as the Runanga boardroom courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides.
It’s 80 m2 floor area is almost a perfect square in dimension making it a versatile space for standing or seated arrangements – accommodating up to 60 theatre style, 40 banquet, or 30 cabaret. Smaller meetings can be worked for up to 25 in U-shape configuration or 20 boardroom style.
Whataitai features the latest lighting and audio visual technology integrated into the room, and individually controllable blinds and sunshades.
The Ngake room
At 60 m2, Ngake is a scaled down version of the Whataitai room and perfect for smaller meetings and seminars, workshops, or as a breakout space when used together with Whataitai.
A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows along its longest edge provides a stunning waterfront backdrop for delegates and fills the room with natural light.
Ngake can comfortably sit up to 40 theatre style, 24 cabaret, or 15 U-shape, and features the latest lighting and audio visual technology integrated into the room.
The Dual Taniwha room
Incorporating the origins of Wellington harbour from Maori legend, combining the Whataitai and Ngake room creates the configuration known as the ‘Dual Taniwha’, and the seminar room available at Kumutoto.
Rectangular and 140 m2 in size, the Dual Taniwha setup can accommodate 120 theatre style, 80 banquet and 60 cabaret.
The Dual Taniwha features the latest lighting and audio visual technology integrated into the room, and dual screen projection ensures there’s no such thing as a bad seat.
Blinds and sunshades are individually controllable for when attention needs to turn to business or the message at hand.
Combining the Dual Taniwha with the Kumutoto foyer area opens it up to accommodate up to 140 standing.