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Design solution reduces cost, time and impact on heritage features

Thursday 7, July 2022

An extensive phase of geotechnical and structural investigation of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa has concluded, delivering … Continue reading →

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New visual identity for Sir Howard Morrison Centre revealed

Thursday 7, July 2022

Te Arawa has a deep connection to the performing arts, which inspires the new brand for the redeveloped Sir Howard … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Museum project update coming soon

Wednesday 22, June 2022

Findings from additional assessments, funding discussions and project options will be outlined in an update detailing progress on the strengthening … Continue reading →

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Name and design announced for Sir Howard Morrison Centre

Friday 6, May 2022

Representatives from the Morrison whānau and Ngāti Whakaue presented the new name for the centre, the spaces within and the … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Almost $1m Of New Community Facilities Approved For Rotorua

Tuesday 23, November 2021

ROTORUA, 23 November 2021: Rotorua locals will soon benefit from almost $1m worth of new community facilities thanks to funding … Continue reading →

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Additional funding approved to achieve the vision for Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Friday 2, July 2021

The vision for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is to revitalise this iconic facility, and for culture, community … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Rotorua Museum granted $4.1million funding support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council towards exhibition development

Monday 28, June 2021

Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is to receive a $4.1million grant from the Bay of Plenty Regional … Continue reading →

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Additional investigations required for Rotorua Museum

Tuesday 20, April 2021

Complex geotechnical and structural challenges requiring additional investigations mean the opening of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, … Continue reading →

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Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre construction contract awarded

Thursday 1, October 2020

The project to transform the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre has reached another key milestone with Council’s approval to … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Key progress on Sir Howard Morrison Centre project

Thursday 10, September 2020

Significant progress has been made on the project to strengthen and redevelop the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, with … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Lizzie Marvelly appointed as Director, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

Friday 3, July 2020

Lizzie Marvelly is returning to her hometown as the Director for Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. See … Continue reading →

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Additional Government funding a welcome boost for key Council projects

Saturday 27, June 2020

Additional funding towards re-opening of Rotorua’s museum and construction of a new forest visitor centre is a welcome boost as … Continue reading →

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Meet Anthony Tahana, Hawkins project manager for the Rotorua Museum Project

Wednesday 11, March 2020

Anthony Tahana is the Hawkins project manager for the Rotorua Museum Strengthening and Redevelopment Project. He has worked for Hawkins … Continue reading →

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Ben Manley talks about the site history of the Sir Howard Morrison Centre

Thursday 30, January 2020

Local researcher and historian Ben Manley talks about the history of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, and the … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Andrew Burton explains the work being done at the Rotorua Museum

Tuesday 28, January 2020

Andrew Burton, Director of Burton Construction and Maintenance Ltd., talks about the work being done within the Rotorua Museum. Burton … Continue reading →

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Cian Elyse White video blog #1

Monday 13, January 2020

RLC Performing Arts Director Cian Elyse White talks about performing arts in Rotorua, and the exciting developments planned for the … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

RLC Performing Arts Director, Cian Elyse White talks about her role and the project to transform the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Thursday 9, January 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOQsnfTFHP4 Rotorua Lakes Council Performing Arts Director, Cian Elyse White, talks about what to expect when the strengthened and redeveloped … Continue reading →

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Special Bösendorfer Grand Piano Gifted to John Paul College

Tuesday 24, December 2019

A 1930s Bösendorfer grand piano, one of four grand pianos housed at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, has been gifted to John Paul College.

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Contractor announced for Rotorua Museum

Wednesday 18, December 2019

Project Lead, Stewart Brown, thanks everyone for their support of this unique project and announces the contractor chosen for pre-construction … Continue reading →

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Contractor announced for Rotorua Museum and Sir Howard Morrison Centre projects

Wednesday 18, December 2019

With construction beginning next year on Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, leading New Zealand firm, … Continue reading →

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Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre project entering next stage

Thursday 31, October 2019

With funding now secured for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, the project is moving into the next phase with deconstruction work starting next week (early November 2019).

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Museum Café and Historic Corridor

Monday 30, September 2019

As part of the strengthening and restoration project for Rotorua Museum, the opportunity will be taken to upgrade key amenities … Continue reading →

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Vacancy for Rotorua Museum Director – Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa

Wednesday 18, September 2019

Are you a visionary? Are you an enthusiastic and talented leader? We are looking for a Director for Rotorua Museum … Continue reading →

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Hear more about the Rotorua Museum Project now that the building and strengthening work is fully funded

Tuesday 3, September 2019

Stewart Brown, Rotorua Lakes Council Arts & Culture Manger, will be giving an community update about the Rotorua Museum project … Continue reading →

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Mayor Chadwick says PGF funding for Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance

Tuesday 13, August 2019

Government funding of $20m towards re-opening Rotorua Museum recognises its national significance and reinforces Rotorua’s direction and progress, Mayor Steve … Continue reading →

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Announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Tuesday 13, August 2019

Did you miss the news? The Rotorua Museum strengthening and restoration project is now fully funded! Hear from Prime Minister … Continue reading →

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Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre project fully funded

Thursday 4, July 2019

The Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre project is now fully funded and work is set to start later this … Continue reading →

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SHMPAC fully funded and work to start in November

Thursday 4, July 2019

The Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre project is now fully funded and work is set to start later this … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Work begins on new Kuirau Park market space

Friday 21, June 2019

The new look Saturday Rotary market is in sight. A karakia by Rotorua Lakes Council Kaitiaki Ahurea Māori Monty Morrison … Continue reading →

Kuirau Park

$10 million for Rotorua Museum and SHMPAC

Friday 14, June 2019

A total $10 million in combined grants from Lottery’s significant projects fund has provided a huge boost for the projects to restore and strengthen Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.

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Museum funding talks progressing

Sunday 5, May 2019

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says discussions with senior ministers to secure Central Government funding for the strengthening and restoration of the city’s iconic museum are progressing well.

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It’s official – Rotorua is going batty!

Saturday 13, April 2019

Long-tailed bats have been found at two sites in Rotorua’s Sanatorium Reserve. This is a significant find, being only the … Continue reading →

Sanatorium Reserve

Resource consent issued for Rotorua Museum project

Tuesday 5, March 2019

Another milestone was achieved as resource consent was issued for the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa last week (1 March 2019), marking a significant step forward in the restoration and strengthening of this iconic building.

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Rotorua Museum Update December 2018

Monday 17, December 2018

Click here to view the livestream footage from today’s announcement(If you are having trouble viewing this link via Internet Explorer … Continue reading →

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Project managers appointed for Museum and SHMPAC

Friday 2, November 2018

Project managers appointed for Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre With the construction phase due to get … Continue reading →

Rotorua Museum, Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

New Performing Arts Director appointed

Thursday 25, October 2018

After more than a decade on stage and screen, actor, writer and director Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Progress update at Sanatorium Reserve

Wednesday 24, October 2018

Work is underway at Sanatorium Reserve where contractors have been busy removing bamboo and other pest plants from the area. … Continue reading →

Sanatorium Reserve

Rotorua Museum prepares for construction phase with removal of taonga into safe storage

Thursday 18, October 2018

In readiness for the construction phase of Rotorua Museum, due to get underway mid next year, the remaining 25 taonga … Continue reading →

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Rotorua Museum architect appointed

Thursday 27, September 2018

DPA Architects, with previous experience refurbishing Rotorua Museum, has been appointed to carry out the design work for the restoration … Continue reading →

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Geothermal wonder to be restored

Wednesday 19, September 2018

It is New Zealand Conservation Week and a perfect time for work to begin on the restoration of Rotorua’s Sanatorium … Continue reading →

Sanatorium Reserve

Architect appointed for strengthening and upgrade of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Friday 3, August 2018

The Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is a step closer to opening its doors now Rotorua Lakes Council has … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Ceremony marks SHMPAC donation

Tuesday 30, January 2018

A ceremony marking a generous donation of $3 million from philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn toward the proposed upgrade of the … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Museum offering thriving one year on

Saturday 18, November 2017

Rotorua’s history and stories are alive and well beyond the walls of Rotorua Museum a year after its unexpected closure. … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Museum offering thriving one year on

Saturday 18, November 2017

Rotorua’s history and stories are alive and well beyond the walls of Rotorua Museum a year after its unexpected closure. … Continue reading →

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Work to do at Sir Howard Morrison performing arts centre

Friday 3, November 2017

An engineers’ report on the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre has highlighted issues relating to seismic strengthening which require … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

Rotorua Museum update October 2017

Friday 6, October 2017

A preferred option to repair Rotorua’s iconic museum will be progressed during the next few months following scoping and assessment … Continue reading →

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Summers’ Sculptures safely tucked away

Saturday 12, August 2017

As the Bath House building celebrates its 109th birthday some of its most precious inhabitants have moved out. The iconic … Continue reading →

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Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre Updates – June 2017

Thursday 8, June 2017

26 June 2017 The Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre has re-opened following completion of work to strengthen a wall … Continue reading →

Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

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