Construction of the Aotea Centre began in 1985 with the official opening by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa on 9 September 1990.
The Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre comfortably seats over 2,000 across three tiers. It is the premium lyric theatre in NZ, and has been used for a wide range of events including the APEC summit in 1999, the NZ International Comedy Festival Comedy Galas, rock concerts and international comedians.
It also acts as the Auckland home for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and The NBR New Zealand Opera.
The theatre is also able to be booked for conferences, ceremonies and coporate events.
The Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre is a Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) venue.