Vision for the Centre

The Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre has, through the Civic Theatre and Concert Chamber spaces, been a key hub for performing arts in Rotorua. It has provided our Rotorua community, and surrounding regions, with a wide range of education and performance opportunities. It is also a Category 1 heritage building.

This strengthening, restoration and redevelopment project has been driven by the aspiration to restore this significant heritage facility in a way that will deliver a broad range of positive outcomes for our community.

Investment in the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre links strongly to three of the four key pillars in Rotorua’s Vision 2030: strong culture, easy lifestyle and diverse opportunities.

The vision for the redevelopment of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is for:

  • a high quality, fit for purpose venue
  • a destination venue known for its high quality, relevant shows and major events
  • a venue with high audience and community participation, supported by strong, focused leadership and operational excellence, both within and beyond the doors
Artists impression of the Concert Chamber at concept design stage. Courtesy Shand Shelton