Who is part of the project team? Ko wai mā ngā pou arahi o te hinonga nei?


AECOM are the project managers for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, led by Kerry Newell and Sean Johnstone. They have a proud history of creating, sustaining and enhancing the built, natural and social environments within New Zealand and beyond.

Hear from Kerry Newell


Shand Shelton specialise in the design, documentation and construction of live performance and creative spaces throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Principals, Roger Shand and Phil Conroy, bring a unique blend of skills and experience to their ‘live performance’ projects. Having managed venues themselves, they also understand how these facilities operate and are built.


The team at First Light combine internationally award-winning design with leading-edge eco technology. They collaborate with commercial and residential customers looking for something truly unique to their needs, site and vision.

For this project First Light are working closely with Shand Shelton to realise the vision of a regional performing arts centre uniquely of its place here in Rotorua.


Cultural integrations into the design have been fully supported by Ngāti Whakaue with the introduction of Henriata Nicholas to the design team. Nicholas, a well-known designer artist of Ngāti Whakaue descent, brings with her a wealth of knowledge in public art design and cultural community integration on various public art projects.

Hear from Henriata Nicholas


Dunning Thornton provides structural engineering consultancy services for projects throughout New Zealand, from multi-story buildings to theatres and sculptural forms. Hands-on director Alistair Cattanach is the lead engineer for this project and is intimately involved in all aspects from conception to completion.

Hear from Alistair Cattanach


Hawkins Construction were appointed for the P&G and margins phase and have also been awarded the contract for the main construction phase.

As one of New Zealand’s leading construction businesses, their technical and construction management expertise provides proven solutions using innovative technology to sustainably deliver outcomes.

Hear from the onsite crew about construction progress so far here (Dec 2020)







This family owned business has been a leader in commercial construction in and around Rotorua for over 20 years. They provide construction services for both new-build and refurbishments for a wide range of commercial building projects including government, cultural, educational, industrial, hospitality, offices and retail premises to name a few.


Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services. Projects in their portfolio include the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and City Center in Las Vegas.


Marshall Day has a proud history as an innovative, creative and specialist acoustic consultancy.

Their experience, both internationally and locally, encompasses performing arts design, building acoustics, sound system design, planning & resource consents, environmental noise, industrial noise control, underwater acoustics and structural dynamics & vibration analysis.


Cove Kinloch New Zealand is a long established leading consulting and services company delivering professional and technical expertise to the built environment sector. On this project they are providing expertise in the areas of fire engineering and fire evacuation.


Cosgroves provide comprehensive electrical design solutions ranging from complex and large scale projects through to small and medium sized projects, for a variety of organisations from education institutions to healthcare, retail developments to airports.

Working closely with the architects they provide specialist lighting solutions that integrate seamlessly with the building to realise the architectural vision.


Panton Consulting offers design and project management in the fields of mechanical, electrical and building services engineering, with extensive experience in commercial, institutional and industrial projects.


Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is a Crown Entity and is the leading national historic heritage agency. They operate in an environment marked by a growing interest in heritage, recognition of its social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to Aotearoa New Zealand, and awareness of its importance to national identity.


Ian Bowman is heritage architect on the Sir Howard Morrison Centre project and is an historian, architect and architectural conservator who specialises in all aspects of built heritage conservation.

Ian’s role in the project is to provide advice and peer review the architectural designs to ensure the designs are in line with the requirements for Heritage New Zealand.