On 31 October 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered the good news that the Government's Provincial Growth Fund is granting $12 million towards the Waikato Regional Theatre project driven by Momentum Waikato.

This marked the point where the project went 'live', so a huge thank you to all the funders and everyone who has donated and supported the theatre to date.

Photos by Mark Hamilton, video by Peter Drury.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Mayor Paula Soutgate lead the manuhiri into Embassy Park.

Sonny Karena of Ngati Haua, Chair of Te Haa o Whenua o Kirikiriroa (THaWK), leads the welcome by the mana whenua.

Jacinda Ardern announces the Provincial Growth Fund will grant $12 million to the Waikato Regional Theatre.

The appreciative crowd gathered in Embassy Park listens to the PM.

Jacinda grew up in Morrinsville and has fond memories of the Founders Theatre.

Mayor of Hamilton Paula Southgate, just a few days after being elected, welcomes the news.

Jacinda Ardern with Momentum Waikato trustees and staff.