Waikato Regional Theatre
Momentum Waikato’s role is to convene, connect and align generous people in the Waikato to create a better Waikato for everyone, forever. We were asked by generous donors to ensure their generosity and vision makes the greatest positive impact on the community we all love.
The Momentum Waikato board is committed to creating intergenerational change in the region.
The Waikato Regional Theatre project will deliver on the transformation the board wishes to see across the Waikato. The board members are dedicated to working with the community to realise this transformational opportunity for our region.
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.
The new Waikato Regional Theatre will be a world-class facility and a community asset. Its success will be measured by the quality of the performances it hosts and the shared experiences and identity it creates.
Co-location of creative industries will activate neighbouring properties and spark development, creating a new cultural hub in the city.
There will be opportunities to utilise space, skills and expertise for educational programmes. We want every child in the Waikato to have the chance to stand on the same stage where they can see the best performers and stories from across the Waikato, New Zealand and the planet.
Integration of open courtyards and public performance spaces, with linkages between the city and river, will create a sense of place where people will gather. Hospitality will encourage activation during the day and for evening shows.
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 region's vibrancy and cultural diversity.