Who is part of the project team?


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

Formed in 1996 they were the first ‘design driven’ project management company in New Zealand.

Performance venues are arguably one of the most complex buildings to design. 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.


Dunning Thornton provides structural engineering consultancy services for projects in Wellington and throughout New Zealand, ranging from high-end residential work through to multi-storey buildings, theatres and sculptural forms. They were the structural engineers for the strengthening and restoration of the category 1 St Mary of the Angels church in Wellington.

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


With a network that covers the globe and a heritage spanning over two centuries, Rider Levett Bucknall is a leading independent organisation in cost management and quantity surveying, project management and advisory services.

Their achievements are renowned: from the early days of pioneering quantity surveying, to landmark projects such as the Sydney Opera House, HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong, the 2012 London Olympic Games and City Center in Las Vegas.


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.

AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that positively impact lives, transform communities and make the world a better place. As a truly global consultancy, they draw on an international portfolio of comprehensive engineering and technical expertise, and our design solutions bring the best of the world to New Zealand.

Hear from Kerry Newell



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

Their strength in acoustic design comes from the diversity of their team, drawn from engineering, architectural, musical and academic backgrounds.

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.

Their work includes projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and the USA.


BCM is a family owned business that has been a leader in commercial construction in and around Rotorua for over 20 years. They provided 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.


The team at First Light believe in the enduring power of great architecture to enhance wellbeing, and in its ability to work with nature, not against it.

They combine internationally award-winning design with leading-edge eco technology, working closely with clients to reshape how we live, work and interact. As a design house, they collaborate with commercial and residential customers looking for something truly unique to their needs, site and personal 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.


Cove Kinloch New Zealand is a long established leading consulting and services company delivering professional and technical expertise to the built environment sector.

Their teams provide a range of building services, and 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.

Their range of services include reticulation systems, switchboards, emergency power systems, lighting and power layouts, intelligent buildings, electric heating, structured cabling solutions, security and MATV systems.

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


Panton Consulting was established in 2000 and offers design and project management in the fields of mechanical, electrical and building services engineering. They have extensive experience in design and provision of services for 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 has been appointed as heritage architect to 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.