Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Creative New Zealand backs study into options for new Dunedin performing arts venue

Creative New Zealand backs study into options for new Dunedin performing arts venue
August 27, 2018

A plan to fund a major study into options for a performing arts venue in Dunedin is to be backed by Creative New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand will provide $120,000 towards a feasibility study that will map the current state of venues and present options for a performing arts venue in Dunedin. Their contribution adds to the Dunedin City Council’s $200,000 which was allocated for the as part of the 10 Year Plan.

As part of its support for Dunedin theatre, Creative New Zealand will also provide funding of $100,000 per annum for two years towards new works by established theatre practitioners in Dunedin.

This will be added to the $95,000 per annum of funding ringfenced by the Council. The combined fund will be allocated through the Council’s usual grants process.

Councillor Aaron Hawkins, Chair of the Council’s Community and Culture Committee, commented "during the 10 Year Plan, council made a commitment to professional theatre in Dunedin, in both the short and long term. It’s great to finally have a process signed off for theatre funding over the next three years. Beyond that, we’re now getting the larger piece of work underway to build a more sustainable performing arts sector. ”

“We’re delighted to have Creative New Zealand as a partner for this important next stage. We have the opportunity to examine not just the performance spaces our community needs but the operating models to support them.”

Creative New Zealand Senior Manager, Arts Development Services, Cath Cardiff added “we are very pleased to be working with the Dunedin City Council to support theatre in Dunedin.

“The feasibility study is an exciting opportunity to explore options for a venue that can present performing arts into the future. We are also committed to supporting local theatre projects while that work is being done.”

With Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre having closed in May, in June the Council’s Grants Subcommittee awarded two grants to theatre projects. The New Athenaeum Theatre received $25,000 to support their programme, and Prospect Park Productions received $10,000 to develop the 4x4 Playwrights Initiative (formerly hosted by the Fortune Theatre).

The DCC has issued tender documents and anticipates being able to appoint an independent company to do the feasibility work before the end of September.

This will enable the study to be completed in 2019.

Image: Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre which closed in May.

Related Articles

9th August 2018 - Forsyth Barr Stadium events contribute $55 million into the Dunedin economy

1st August 2018 - 30 days of celebration through inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month

16th July 2018 - Australasian venues strong performers in Pollstar’s Mid-Year concert rankings

11th July 2018 - Dunedin Destination Plan Adopted by Council

7th May 2018 - Dunedin’s historic Fortune Theatre announces permanent closure

29th March 2018 - Increase in professional theatre, music and dance in New Zealand communities

4th September 2017 - Finding a future for landmark Dunedin entertainment venue

23rd February 2015 - Countdown to New Zealand’s performing arts market

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Trisley's Hydraulic Services P/L (THS) are a specialised pool company dealing with all aspects of the commercial swimming pool industry, including the installation and servicing from the smallest…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks


Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation



Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues



SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues


Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology


SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail



The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business