Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Are there any restrictions regarding music and noise?

A. The Kuaotunu Hall is situated in a residential area, and therefore noise and music must be kept at a reasonable level, especially in the evening.

The storeroom door which opens to the back garden, and all the windows on the south side of the building (i.e. closest to the hillside) must be closed after 10pm to minimise the noise being carried up to the hall's neighbours.

Amplified music must cease after 12am (midnight).

Q: I want to hang lights etc around the ceiling, is this allowed?

A: There are hooks in the four corners of the ceiling which have been placed there for this purpose.

Q: Where do we pick up the key at the beginning of our hire period, and where do we return it to?

A: If you are booking a frequently repeating event, we will issue you your own key (note that there is a $10 charge to cover the cost of this). Otherwise we will give you instructions for obtaining the key from the lockbox which is attached to the hall building.

Q: Can I use candles if they are shielded by a glass surround?

A: No, naked flames are not permitted in the hall under any circumstances due to the risk of fire. LED candles may be used instead.

Q: Are there local cleaners who I could engage to clean the hall after my event?

A: The best way of getting in touch with a local cleaner is to advertise your requirement on Kuaotunu's local Facebook page, Kuaotunu Katchup. If you are not a member of this group we can arrange to post the details of your requirements on your behalf.

Q: Do I need a license to serve alcohol at my event?

A: Only if you wish to sell it. Otherwise you can supply the alcohol and give it to your guests for free, or you can ask guests to bring their own for their own consumption.

Q: Can I put up a sign outside the hall to advertise my event?

A: You may display a sign outside the hall only while your event is in progress (special community-wide events may put signs up 2-3 days beforehand).

Note that event flyers and posters can be displayed on the community noticeboard across the road, simply place your notice into the red dropbox attached to this noticeboard a few days before you want it displayed.

Banners can be attached to the hall railings, as long as no screws are used or any other method that results in damage to the railings.

Q: Are dogs allowed in the hall?

A: Unfortunately not, due to the associated health and safety issues that could arise. A well-behaved dog could however be present at an event held in the outside space at the back of the hall.

Q: Can we use thumb tacks in the outside door frame to put up lights etc to frame the door?

A: Yes this is OK, provided that you insert them carefully and remove them later.

Q: Where can I dispose of the rubbish?

A: The closest Refuse Transfer Station is in Matarangi. You can see their opening hours and location here.

Q: Are crockery and cutlery provided?

A: Yes, there is some crockery and cutlery, but it is a mismatched selection and may not meet your needs. See the Kitchen Inventory on the Facilities page.

Q: I am planning a wedding but wouldn't need the full time period. Is it possible to negotiate a cheaper rate for a reduced time period?

A: No, there is only one rate for weddings and this is not discounted.

Q: Is smoking allowed in the hall?

A: No. As Kuaotunu Hall is an historic hall with wooden floors and walls, smoking is not permitted in the hall building. As mentioned above naked flames of any kind, including candles, are also not permitted.

Q: If the hall is not booked on a particular date will my booking be automatically accepted?

A: No. As our hall is in a residential area, the Kuaotunu Hall Committee has a policy of not accepting more than two wedding or party bookings a month.

Please also note that the Hall Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any booking, and to be the final arbiter in all matters relating to the hireage of the hall and its furniture.



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