Momentum Waikato is incredibly grateful to Trust Waikato for committing to a $15 million grant for the Waikato Regional Theatre this month. Trust Waikato’s leadership and commitment to our region means this game-changing project is another step closer to becoming reality.

Trust Waikato supports projects that strengthen communities, encourage participation and inclusion, and support volunteers. It donates to not-for-profit community groups and projects across the greater Waikato region, with a goal to ‘supporting the things that make our corner of the world a better place’.

Trust Waikato Chair, Niwa Nuri is pleased to be supporting the Waikato Regional Theatre which will be at the cutting-edge of many new and exciting developments.

“We are supporting this project at an early stage as the benefits will be so wide-ranging and positive for our communities. The new theatre will add to the cultural, economic and creative opportunities across the region for many years to come,” says Niwa.

Trust Waikato believes their vision for resilient and vibrant communities will be realised in the Waikato Regional Theatre project. This grant recognises that the Waikato Regional Theatre is a project that will contribute to transformational change for the Waikato region, becoming a significant draw-card for international and national performances, providing an opportunity for our local performers and artists and creating a much-needed central venue within the Hamilton CBD’s growing cultural precinct.

Trust Waikato’s grant will support inspiration and development for the Waikato region’s creative talent through the learning and teaching opportunities that will be able to be offered through the new facility.

The Trust Waikato trustees also recognised the opportunities for community engagement through multi-use public areas for gatherings, meetings and in-formal performances. Physically the building will connect with the Waikato River, with open access and connection to promenades, allowing for activation of the space, and access to the river, revitalising the river paths.

The proposed design reflects the site’s pre-European cultural heritage and patterns of iwi settlement, as well as its unique setting adjacent to the river, leading to a vibrant, vital facility.

Due to prudent investment and fiscal management means, this grant from Trust Waikato is being made separately from the Trust Waikato donations budget and it will not impact on the annual donations budget.