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Waikato Regional Theatre Sod Turning Ceremony with Special Guest Jacinda Ardern


Construction has kicked off on the Waikato Regional Theatre with the official sod turning, including a visit from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who captured the excitement of the day most eloquently.

“If Covid has shown us anything, it is how crucial it is for that sense of wellbeing for us to be together, for us to experience the arts, to have an outlet for creativity. And here we will have that.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern in Green Jacket at Waikato Regional Theatre sod turning event


Community leaders gather for update on New Zealand's Waikato Regional Theatre

Community leaders gather for update on New Zealand's Waikato Regional Theatre

New theatre would put Hamilton and Waikato back on the touring circuit.


The new "world-class" Waikato regional theatre will transform and regenerate the heart of Hamilton.


Listen: Erin Shepherd makes theatrical dreams come true – Erin talks about the Dunedin feasibility study and Waikato Regional Theatre on RNZ's Standing Room Only

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Charcoalblue's vision was revealed at a Hamilton City Council meeting on Thursday, and councillors unanimously backed more investigation of the concept.


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