Teenaa koutou and welcome to the Christmas-Kirihimete edition of the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.

This one is being sent instead of a January-Kohitātea issue, as we wanted to give you a pre-shut-down wrap-up. The next Update will be on Tuesday 7 February, as the first Monday of February-Hui‑tanguru is Waitangi Day.

The site will be closed from Friday 23 December, with the first teams returning on Monday 9 January 2023 and activity then building back up again over the following weeks.

You’ll see both tower cranes are now gracing the Kirikiriroa skyline, a significant milestone that sets the project up well for progress in 2023.

Progress on site

Highlights from December to date 2022 include the following.

The completion of:

  • erection of the two tower cranes

  • installation of the transformer in Sapper Moore-Jones Place

  • installation of the wastewater and stormwater connections in Sapper Moore-Jones Place.

The commencement or continuation of:

  • ground improvements below heritage basement facade

  • excavation activities - Stage 2

  • construction of the raft slab foundations

  • façade column strengthening.

Significant events coming up

The following progress is expected to occur in early 2023:

  • concrete pour to the raft slab foundations

  • underslab drainage to existing heritage façade

  • completion of excavation - Stage 2.


Overall Programme

The project is currently tracking as per dates below, note some amendments to previous editions.

  • Site set-up          August – October 2021

  • Demolition          November 2021 – September 2022

  • Earthworks         June – October 2022

  • Foundations       October 2022 – January 2023

  • Structure             November 2022 – March 2023

  • Envelope             January – April 2023

  • Fit-out                  March 2023 – May 2024

  • Completion        June 2024.



Foster Construction team email for any queries relating to this project - queries.wrt@fosters.co.nz.


About this Update…

These Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Updates are produced by Graeme Ward from RDT Pacific, the Theatre’s Overall Project Manager, assisted by Mark Servian from Momentum Waikato, their Communications and Marketing Manager.

These newsletter issues are posted at the website waikatoregionaltheatre.co.nz – the dedicated web address for construction news and contacts, separate from Momentum Waikato’s theatre community and fundraising site sharethestage.co.nz.