More than just a theatre
"Kapunipuni. As a verb, it means 'to come together.' As a noun, it is 'the place where we gather.' Every city needs both a tangible sense of place and a purpose, where we gather to celebrate, tell our stories and find a sense of identity and community."
Leonard Gardner, Chair, Momentum Waikato
We have an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant, creative precinct for the city and region with Hamilton’s new Waikato Regional Theatre.
The Waikato Regional Theatre will be of a world-class standard but will be a community asset. The success of the theatre will not only be in the quality of the performances held but also in the community it creates.
Co-location of creative industries will activate properties and spark development around the theatre, creating a new cultural hub in the city.
There are opportunities for educational institutions in the Waikato to utilise space, skills and expertise as part of their programme deliveries. We want every child in the Waikato to have a chance to stand on the stage as part of their curriculum.
Integration of open courtyards and public performance spaces, with linkages between the city and river, will create a sense of place where people will come to gather. There will be hospitality to encourage activation during the day, and not just when performances are being held.
The Waikato Regional Theatre will positively impact the urban fabric of Hamilton and community connectivity with the Waikato River will be encouraged with links between the river and the theatre.
By working together on this project, we have created the opportunity for a creative precinct we can be proud of - something that brings our communities together and celebrates our vibrancy and cultural diversity.