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The Coming of Age campaign will hopefully help build a theatre in the Wynyard Quarter – Auckland’s exciting new business and entertainment district. The redevelopment of the quarter has breathed new life into this historic area and opened a new side of Auckland for its residents and visitors. The new theatre will add an extra dimension to the waterfront and substantially contribute to the ‘after five economy’. Aucklanders and visitors will be able to enjoy dinner, a show, a stroll along the waterfront and much more, all within easy reach of the CBD. Auckland lacks the diversity of venues needed to become a leading creative and cultural hub.

The new waterfront theatre will provide a state-of-the art 600-seat space for theatre and dance. It will complement Q on Queen Street, providing a smaller, flexible theatre space, and THE EDGE® providing a host of venues for concerts and theatre. Along with the newly-renovated Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland can truly become a city proud of its cultural infrastructure. As well as being a fantastic asset for Auckland, the benefits of the theatre will also be experienced by New Zealand as a whole. A better arts infrastructure in Auckland will attract more international talent and provide a venue for touring national companies. A 600-seat theatre has been identified the single greatest priority for Auckland’s performing arts sector. Auckland Theatre Company has launched the Coming of Age campaign to raise the money to build a theatre to meet this need. Auckland Theatre Company will be the anchor tenant, with the new waterfront theatre available for use by national and international theatre, dance and opera companies including:

Royal New Zealand Ballet
Black Grace Dance Company
Auckland Festival
NBR New Zealand Opera







 
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ASBCT contributes $5 million to new theatre project​

Auckland Theatre Company is delighted to announce ASB Community Trust will contribute $5m to the new theatre proposed for the Wynyard Quarter. The contribution takes the total pledged to the new theatre $21.7m. The total amount needed to build the new 600 seat venue is $35.1m. "We are thrilled to have ASB Community Trust's support for this visionary project, which will provide Auckland residents and visitors with a world class theatre going experience for generations to come," says Auckland Theatre Company General Manager, Lester McGrath. In announcing the $5m contribution from ASB Community Trust, Chair Ken Whitney said the Trust was inspired by what has been achieved by working in partnership with other funders. "The Trust is both proud and delighted to be able to make a substantial contribution to what will be a world class theatre for Auckland," he said. "Large scale projects such as this inevitably require a number of funding partners to work together collaboratively to realise a shared vision. In a relatively short time this approach has endowed our city with a number of iconic buildings such as the magnificently refurbished art gallery, Q Theatre, the Eden Park stadium redevelopment, the extensions to the War Memorial Museum, MOTAT and the Auckland Zoo, to name a few. The ASBCT has made a significant contribution to each of these projects and we are excited to be an early key funder for the ATC's stunning new theatre here in the Wynyard Quarter. "This is about building infrastructure," Mr Whitney said. "The building itself is going to be a huge asset for our city, but what's more important is the potential it offers to develop the region's cultural resources.

"ASB Community Trust has been a long-term supporter of ATC. We've also put a lot of resource into our emerging artists programme, in partnership with the Auckland Theatre Company. This cutting-edge facility is going to give those young artists something to aspire to." The new theatre will be located on the corner of Halsey St and Jellicoe St. alongside the new office building being built by Kiwi Income Property Trust which will house ASB Bank's head office. Designed by Moller Architects in association with Bligh Voller Nield, the new theatre will add a significant cultural dimension to Auckland's waterfront. "Not only will stimulate the 'after 5pm' economy in the Wynyard Quarter, generating additional spending of $8.59m per annum in the Quarter, it will fill a major gap in Auckland's current theatre provision," says ATC's Lester McGrath. The new theatre will share a public lane way, court yard and 200 studio theatre with ASB Bank, which is a cornerstone partner of the project. Auckland Theatre Company will be the anchor tenant of the new theatre, using the space for 30 weeks a year, with other significant New Zealand and international performing arts companies able to use it for the remainder of the year. ASB Community Trust join the new theatre's other major funder The Lion Foundation who have contributed $1m to the project. Detailed design for the new theatre is 90% complete. Construction is likely to start in early 2013 with the theatre opening in mid 2014.
 

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Where exactly will this go?

I like the design.

London has the same sort of thing on the southbank of the Thames. It's pretty popular.
 
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Creative NZ invests in Auckland's Waterfront theatre

Creative New Zealand is joining other investors to realise a new centre for the performing arts in central Auckland by agreeing to invest $3 million over two years in The Waterfront Theatre Project. The project centres on a 600-seat theatre development in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland's business and entertainment district. The venue will be adjacent to and integrate with the new ASB head office complex, owned and developed by Kiwi Income Property Trust, and become the permanent home of Auckland Theatre Company.

An exceptional opportunity
"It is very unusual for Creative New Zealand to invest in a capital project but we see this as an exceptional opportunity to help fill a large gap in Auckland's arts infrastructure," says Arts Council Chair Alastair Carruthers. "It would be considerably more expensive to create a similar integrated venue without the sizeable support being provided by ASB, Auckland Council, ASB Community Trust and other partners. Hopefully our commitment will encourage others to step forward too."

A demonstrated need
A mid-sized venue for performing arts companies has been identified by Auckland Council as the single highest priority for the performing arts in Auckland. The Waterfront Theatre Project includes a 600-seat theatre, designed specifically for drama and dance, access to a 200-seat auditorium within the ASB head office development, a shared courtyard and other facilities. "There has been significant growth in the number and quality of theatre and dance organisations in Auckland but many companies, particularly in dance, are hampered by lack of mid-sized venues in which to perform," Mr Carruthers said. The project would allow the Auckland Theatre Company to reach larger audiences and have more control over programming. It would also allow a wider range of local and touring performing arts events to be seen by Auckland audiences than is currently possible.

One off grant
Creative New Zealand's investment is made possible by one-off New Zealand Lottery Grants Board income. Funds will be released once Auckland Theatre Company has secured the remaining investment required and the start of the project is confirmed. "We appreciate there is a way to go to reach the full amount but we are confident the Auckland Theatre Company will achieve its fundraising goal," says Mr Carruthers. Gordon Moller, Chair of Auckland Theatre Company says, "Creative New Zealand's support is a tremendous boost to our fundraising campaign for this nationally significant project. We have secured over 70% of the funds needed for the new theatre in less than two years, which shows just how excited people are about the idea of a theatre on Auckland's waterfront, recognising the important role that arts and culture can play in the waterfront development." The investment will be administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage which has experience of investing in capital projects through its Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/creative-nz-invests-aucklands-waterfront-theatre/5/136194
 
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Wynyard theatre funding closes in on target

Supporters of the Wynyard Quarter theatre as part of the ASB Bank’s new headquarters have raised $25 million in commitments towards their $35 million funding target and got a far less antagonistic reception from councillors when they reported progress to the Auckland Council’s regional development & operations committee yesterday. The funding commitments have increased by $4 million in 6 months, including $3 million from Creative NZ and the Auckland Theatre Co & Waterfront Theatre Trust have discussions under way with another unnamed party for $5 million and expect to hear back from the Lottery Grants Board on $1.5 million. In addition, they believe a 10% saving in construction cost might be made after reassessing pricing. Council staff will report back to the committee in May 2013. The former Auckland City Council agreed on a $5 million grant towards capital costs in 2010. The new council extended its commitment to $10 million conditional funding in February. Since then, the construction start has been deferred and the first payment, $1 million scheduled for this financial year, has also been deferred. The bank will move into its new 18,000m² office building on Jellicoe St next year and the council move into the bank’s old building on the corner of Albert, Wellesley & Federal Sts. The theatre company’s proposal for the new bank building includes 2 theatre spaces - a 200-seat studio & a 600-seat main-bill theatre.
 
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Good to see this slowly but surely nearing a reality, will add a real vibrancy to this part of town.
I have more faith in this getting off the ground than CRL ;) It will be a an awesome addition and will help in creating a "village" feel where people would want to live, work and play.
 

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Final funding push for waterfront theatre

A final fundraising push is under way for a theatre on the Auckland waterfront with construction possibly getting underway as early as next year.

The Auckland Theatre Company turns 21 in 2013 and has so far raised about $26 million of the $35m required for a new state-of-the-art, 600-seater complex at the Wynyard Quarter.

General manager Lester McGrath said starting the 18-month build in such a significant year would be a "tremendous gift" for the city.

The money raised so far includes $10m from Auckland Council, $5m from the ASB Community Trust and $3m from Creative New Zealand.

A further $3.5m has been pledged by a principal partner for naming rights and another $2.8m from founding benefactors and patrons.

The Company has until June 2014 to raise the total amount with the council's funding commitment lapsing if the target is not met.

McGrath said fundraising was continuing and that reaching the goal was achievable. In fact, he hopes to have enough raised to be able to kick on in June.

Earlier this month the Company received notice that Lotteries New Zealand would support it to the tune of $750,000 "which is a terrific contribution", he said.

"It is two years this month since we gave our first presentation to the council and to have secured just over $26m in pledges in that time is certainly something."

The theatre will be a completely new type of structure for Auckland.

Plans show a sleek, uber-modern building incorporating open public spaces over two levels, a cafe and exterior laneways with courtyard space. A major artwork will grace the inside walls.

McGrath described its design as resembling a "vibrant jewel in a glass box".

The theatre itself will have a proscenium arch and, despite boasting 600 seats, will provide an intimate experience, he said.

A walkway will link it with the ASB head office to be built next door which will also house a complementary 200-seat studio space.

"It's very much about opening the whole thing up. We hope to redefine the theatre experience in the same way museums and galleries have - they are very cool places to hang out now, very welcoming," McGrath added.

The theatre will be built on the site currently occupied by Moana Fisheries on the corner of Halsey and Madden streets.

Detailed designs are 90 per cent complete and McGrath hopes to be ready to apply for resource consent in the next four months.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/8105306/Final-funding-push-for-waterfront-theatre
 

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Wonderful project, will be excellent for Auckland and the Wynyard Quarter.

But the madden street corner needs work. Too much blank wall & circulation space for such an important corner site.. the building should be wrapped in boutique retail & hospitality.
 

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The images are somewhat misleading now that I've seen the final ASB building, as what is shown as a laneway with a green wall is actually the driveway to ASB's carpark so will more than likely just have cars honking at pedestrians as they drive down. I already had someone from ASB in a car shout at me to get out of their way when walking through there in the weekend.
 

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New theatre for Auckland's waterfront a step closer

Auckland Theatre Company has nearly raised all of the funds it needs to build a new theatre on Auckland's waterfront. A proposal to build a 600 seat theatre in the Wynyard Quarter precinct was given the green light in June. Mayor Len Brown announced today that Auckland Theatre Company has raised $33 million of the $35.1 million it needs to build the facility. "ATC is now within a stone's throw of achieving its goal. Having made this progress, Council needs to do everything it can to back the project to succeed," Mr Brown said. "And I am confident that with the backing of my colleagues we will get this project over the line in the coming months." Auckland Council has agreed to contribute $10 million to the cost of the project, subject to a number of conditions being met. AUT University will also be investing $5 million in the project. Other major investors in the project are ASB Community Trust, The Lion Foundation, Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and the Infinity Foundation. Building of the Waterfont Theatre is set to commence at the end of the year, with an estimated opening date of mid-2015.
 

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From the Wynyard Quarter thread:

Lights, camera, action for theatre

The Auckland Theatre Company hopes to begin construction of Wynyard Quarter's Waterfront Theatre in August. It has raised the $35 million needed for the new 600-seat complex, to be located on the corner of Halsey and Jellicoe streets, and is now finalising plans with the Auckland Council before it gets the green light. Construction is expected to begin in August and it is hoped the theatre will open in 2016. The theatre will become the permanent home of the company. General manager Lester McGrath says the company received support from private and public benefactors for the project, including $10m from the Auckland Council which kick-started the fundraising campaign three years ago. "We're thrilled that this dream is now becoming a reality and look forward to giving Auckland an international-standard theatre and arts complex."
 
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