Who we are

Who we are

Nā te mea he poutoko mō ngā mahi toi mataora me ngā mahi a te rēhia, e tāpae ana a Tāmaki Makaurau Mataora ki te ngangahau me te auahatanga o tō mātou tāone.

As the leader in live arts and entertainment, Auckland Live is actively contributing to the vibrancy and creativity of our city.

We present live arts performances and events at a number of prominent venues across Auckland; support the arts and creative sector; and provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the arts. 

We champion Auckland internationally to secure big-name shows and concerts for our audiences. In addition we collaborate with national and international arts companies and festivals to present the best variety of performances, and introduce young people to the excitement of the stage.

Our iconic venues and public spaces - which include the Aotea CentreAotea SquareAuckland Town HallThe CivicBruce Mason Centre and Queens Wharf - are our stages for presenting a programme of live arts and entertainment for the enjoyment and inspiration of everyone in our city. 

Through partnerships and collaborations, Auckland Live also energises the Aotea Arts Quarter with events and activities – many of them free or low cost -  year ‘round.


Visit the Auckland Live timeline from 1989 to present day

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Auckland Live Behind The Curtain

Auckland Live and Auckland Unlimited

Auckland Live is one of the creative and dynamic teams connected under the management of Auckland Unlimited

Auckland Unlimited’s portfolio also includes: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TāmakiAuckland Conventions, Venues and EventsAuckland StadiumsAuckland Zoo; and New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa.  

An Auckland Council organisation (CCO), Auckland Unlimited enriches life in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland by engaging people in the arts, environment, sports, and events.

Introducing Auckland Live

Our history

Auckland Live is New Zealand’s largest performing arts platform. It began in 1997 as THE EDGE, when it managed the Aotea Centre, and took over management of the Auckland Town Hall, followed by  The Civic and Aotea Square, from the Auckland Council.

THE EDGE became part of Auckland Unlimited in 2010 when the Auckland ‘Supercity’ Council was formed.

In 2014 THE EDGE changed its name to Auckland Live.

Today, Auckland Live continues to manage the Aotea Centre, home to the distinctive Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre - the country’s largest tiered auditorium with seats for more than 2200 theatregoers -  and the more intimate Herald Theatre. In addition our venue portfolio has expanded to include Queens Wharf on the Auckland waterfront, and the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna.

It is a privilege to manage these iconic Auckland landmarks and spaces and to programme, support, and nurture the performing arts companies and artists who entertain, delight, educate, and inspire all who visit our venues.

We are also proud to be neighbours with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, who in 2016 relocated their operations to the Auckland Town Hall, where the Great Hall is their performance home.

Our future

Currently undergoing a major interior and exterior refurbishment, the Aotea Centre is preparing for the most exciting development yet in its 30-year history: Aotea Studios, a new, multi-story space directly behind the Centre dedicated to creative collaboration with artists and arts companies from around New Zealand.

Aotea Studios will be a purpose-built facility and creative hub designed to  inspire, nurture and develop our talented artists and performers.

Housing state-of-the-art specialised music, drama and dance studios, rehearsal and public performance spaces, convention and exhibition spaces, first-class digital recording facilities, office accommodation, and retail, food, and beverage outlets, Aotea Studios will be a game changer for the NZ performing arts.

Inspired by international best-practice, our goal is for Aotea Studios to be the permanent home for some of Auckland’s most significant arts organisations.

It will also be a place where talented young New Zealand performers can be grown and mentored, right in the centre of the city’s creative heart.

We look forward to sharing concept designs for this thrilling new development in the coming months.