Grant makes theatre a re­al­ity

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTERS

Trust Waikato has ap­proved a grant to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the new Waikato Re­gional Theatre.

The $15 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion will hope­fully en­cour­age other fun­ders, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to add their fi­nan­cial sup­port to­wards the de­vel­op­ment, trust chair Niwa Nuri said.

‘‘The trust 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,’’ Nuri said.

Af­ter a thor­ough process of site se­lec­tion, the Hamil­ton Ho­tel in the CBD has been rec­om­mended as the lo­ca­tion for the Waikato Re­gional Theatre.

This pri­vately-owned site on Vic­to­ria St is bor­dered by Em­bassy Park and Sap­per MooreJones Place and runs down to Waikato River.

The pro­posed plans in­clude an 1100-seat theatre, lobby, multi-use ar­eas and func­tional rooms for per­form­ers and tech­ni­cians.

Chair of Mo­men­tum Waikato Leonard Gardner said they were grate­ful for Trust Waikato’s fund­ing.

‘‘It means the project is a step closer to be­com­ing re­al­ity.’’

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