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National Contemporary Art Award Exhibition7 September, 2017

The winner of Waikato Museum’s National Contemporary Art Award is a work that is both visually stunning and emotionally evocative.

The Meaning of Ethics by Dunedin’s Kim Pieters was selected as the major winner from the 50 finalists by award judge Elizabeth Caldwell, Director of City Gallery Wellington.

Merit prizes also went to Jo Torr’s Korro Korro by Thomas Tooi 1818, Te Whare Tapa Whā by Anthony Cribb, and Fame in Oats: A Manifesto- Manuscript Preparation by Mia Stefano.

Caldwell says Pieters’ work displays a deft command of the abstract painting tradition.

“The Meaning of Ethics has stylistic, technical and conceptual… Read more

Feasibility Plan for Waikato Regional Theatre Unveiled7 September, 2017

A comprehensive feasibility report for a new Waikato Regional Theatre has been presented to the Hamilton City Council, recommending a river-facing performing arts centre with flexible functionality.

The design proposes a 1,100-seat theatre, shared public spaces and a public art gallery, to be located at the old Hamilton Hotel site on Victoria Street. The new theatre is intended to replace Founders Theatre - closed for safety reasons in March 2016 - and provide an opportunity to utilise the best approaches in modern, multi-functional spaces.

The feasibility report, compiled by international theatre consultants Charcoalblue, was presented to Hamilton City Council’s Mayor and… Read more

Waikato theatre site choice prompts donations, bouquets and parking questions14 July, 2017

It's central, it's unexpected, it has river views - but where will we park?

Wednesday's announcement of the former Hamilton Hotel as the suggested site for a new Waikato theatre has got the region talking.

The project to replace the mothballed Founders Theatre is a partnership between philanthropic organisation Momentum Waikato and the Hamilton City Council.


The next update on the theatre is due to Hamilton City councillors on August 24.

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New Waikato Regional Theatre Preferred Site Announced12 July, 2017

The recommended location for the new Waikato Regional Theatre has been announced as the Hamilton Hotel site on Victoria St, Hamilton, and the community’s feedback on this is being sought.

The privately-owned site currently has a range of restaurants and bars and is bordered by Embassy Park (with the Riff Raff statue) on one side and Sapper Moore-Jones Place (formerly Marlborough Pl) on the other, and runs down to the river. A new theatre development would look to restore the facade of the old Hamilton Hotel, which is recognised as a heritage building. 

Momentum Waikato Community Foundation Chair Leonard Gardner and… Read more

Waikato Conservatorium of Music supporters create human chain to protest staff cuts30 June, 2017

The song could be coming to an end for three staffers of the University of Waikato's Conservatorium of Music.

But those protesting the Conservatorium's job cuts say it will be the beginning of the end for the University's reputation as a world-class arts provider.

On Tuesday morning, over 100 supporters of the Conservatorium formed a human chain and used song to fill the campus with harmony.


Local Labour Party candidate Jamie Strange presented to the Waikato University council.


Actors combine politics with comedy which becomes Out of Order20 June, 2017

Review: The latest show at the Gaslight Theatre is the comedy Out of Order written by Ray Cooney which takes place in a suite on the sixth floor of the Westminster Hotel, London.

The script was outstanding and the characters were superbly cast and this was enhanced by the excellent guidance of Steve McMurray in his first role as director.

Choosing the outstanding cast member was impossible as all did an amazing performance.

Mike Williams was the politician who could twist the truth to suit the occasion, and his private secretary who was used to following orders, was played superbly by Phil Dalziel.… Read more