Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Work Commences on Auckland Theatre

Work Commences on Auckland Theatre
December 15, 2009

The ground breaking ceremony for Auckland's new Q Theatre has been held.

The new theatre, being built on the site of a car park next to the Auckland Town Hall, will provide a new multi-purpose theatre for the performing arts.

Auckland Mayor John Banks officially launched the building phase for the theatre, which is set to be completed in less than two years.

The new theatre has been designed by Auckland based Cheshire Architects who will work alongside Williams Ross, a Melbourne firm with specialist theatre design experience.

In launching the building phase of the project Mayor Banks compared its significance to that of the building of the Art Gallery, the Museum and the Aotea Centre.

Mayor Banks also spoke of the efforts of the Q Theatre management and supporters over more than a decade to realise the project.

It is planned that Q Theatre will create a home for the performing arts in Auckland by providing access to a variety of production companies and attracting a wide range of audiences. It will bring together theatre, dance, musicals, comedy, cabaret, opera and concerts.

Mayor Banks explained "this project has been more than 10 years in the making ... it is really very rewarding to see it come to fruition. The new theatre will complement the other facilities in the area that contribute so much to enlivening the cultural life of our wonderful city."

The project cost will be a just over $21 million with Auckland City Council, the foundation partner of Q Theatre committing land and buildings to the project, as well as a capital contribution of $9.6 million along with ongoing operational support. The Lotteries Board contributed $6 million, the ASB Community Trust $4.5 million with the remainder being raised from private funders and donations.

Jennifer Gill, Chief Executive of ASB Community Trust spoke about the need for the new theatre to cope with Auckland burgeoning theatre scene. She noted that "the Trust supports projects that foster access, engagement and experience in the arts and cultural opportunities for all of our regionâs citizens. This new modern facility will be a creative hub which will fill a long-term gap in Aucklandâs arts infrastructure, enhancing opportunities to experience national and international performing arts."

Q Theatre is one of ASB Community Trustâs largest funded projects, and in November 2008, the Lottery Grants Board became Q Theatreâs third major funder, through the Significant Projects Fund which is aimed at developing and preserving New Zealandâs culture and national identity through community participation.

Susanne Ritzenhoff, General Manager of Q Theatre commented on the progress, "the arts community canât wait to stage its first productions in Q Theatre. Q will create a much awaited space where creative minds can come together and spark off one another. It will be a facility that is an exciting destination for Aucklanders and its visitors, bringing more life and energy to Queen Street, and substantially enhancing the cityâs cultural landscape.

"Today we mark a truly significant milestone for this project."

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



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology


Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation



Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation



Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology


The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play


Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…

read more

Parks / Play / Surfaces


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