Teenaa koutou and welcome to the Hoongongoi-July 2023 edition of the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.


Progress on site

Highlights from Pipiri-June 2023.

The team continue to make terrific progress. As mentioned in previous updates, activities during this phase are substantially similar from one month to the next.

These include:

  • excavation work

  • construction of shear walls

  • erection of structural steel

  • steel reinforcing for the raft slabs

  • fixing cracks to strengthen the former Hamilton Hotel façade

  • installation of the composite floor.

June saw the installation of the first composite floor, as well as the excavation and reinforcing of the orchestra pit. Some of the larger plant, such as the chillers, are also now on site.


Significant events coming up

The following progress is expected to occur in Hoongongoi-July:

  • installation of the further composite floor levels

  • continuing installation of structural steel

  • backfill activities

  • shear wall and raft slab activities.


The view of the Theatre site from the KPMG building in late June 2023.

Overall Programme

Completion of the building is now set for the fourth quarter of 2024, which will be followed by the kitting out and set up of the venue operation, with the Theatre expected to open in early 2025.

The project’s construction timeline is otherwise currently under review and a new Programme will be issue in due course.



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 and Georgia Osman 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.