Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Speech: Hasler - Opening Auckland Hall

5.30PM, FRIDAY 30 JULY 1999

Mr Don Turkington, Chairman Board of Advisors, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; members of the Board, members of the orchestra and distinguished guests, good evening.

Thank you Victor Double for those words of welcome and thank you to the members of the orchestra and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya for the breath-taking performance of the third movement of Tchaikovsky's fifth symphony.

I am delighted to be here at one of the first functions in my new role as Minister for Culture and Heritage, and also because I have the pleasurable task of formally opening the refurbished Philharmonia Hall.

As many of you will be aware, on Wednesday I announced the details of the new Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The Ministry will ensure a more coordinated approach to cultural and heritage objectives and see greater promotion and protection os our distinctive national identity. Culture is not a secondary matter.

Ultimately culture is the way we understand ourselves. A society that fails to understand itself will be unable to act coherently on any problems facing it. The future of New Zealand society depends on how we will understand ourselves, and our cultural agenda will underpin that self-understanding.

If culture is the way we understand ourselves, art is the way we articulate that understanding in the form of drama and television, film and poetry, literature and music.

How fortunate we are in Auckland to have our music bought to us by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, one of only two fully professional orchestras in New Zealand.

The Auckland Philharmonia has developed a reputation for innovative programming and activities presenting a staggering 50 to 60 of its own concerts each year as well as special events such as the Last Night of the Proms and Live Cinema.

I know many Aucklanders appreciate the spectacular outdoor concerts performed each summer in the Auckland Domain and the many concerts featuring visiting artists such as our own Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, as well as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Nigel Kennedy.

I am pleased to note the orchestra receives funding from Creative New Zealand, Auckland City and other local bodies, as well as sponsorship from companies and private individuals.

The orchestra is going from strength to strength and this is reflected by the appointment of its first musical director in its 18 and-a-half year history. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, will take up a four-year tenure as musical director from 1 January next year.

I understand Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently with the Eugene Symphony and was recently promoted to Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic after being artistic director with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima and the New Opera Company of Peru.

Tonight is a celebration and an acknowledgment of all the hard work that has gone into refurbishing this building over the past four months.

I understand the renovation of Philharmonia Hall was made possible through substantial grants from the ASB Charitable Trust and the Lotteries Grants Board; sponsors and friends of the orchestra, in particular Haydn & Rollett Construction; and the dozens of other companies and individuals who have all given generously of their time and support.

Philharmonia Hall began life in the mid-1930s as the Princess Cinema. In 1975 the Symphonia Trust purchased the building as a rehearsal venue for the Symphonia of Auckland.

In 1980 the Auckland Orchestral Trust (the governing body of the newly formed Auckland Regional Orchestra) took it over. Since then it has remained in the Trust's possession as the rehearsal hall for the orchestra; in June 1987 the orchestra was renamed the Auckland Philharmonia.

This rehearsal hall is one of Auckland's historic landmarks. What a delightful and invigorating place to make music.

I understand orchestra members were elated when, for the first time they saw inside the renovated hall. The orchestra has just begun rehearsing here and are rightly enthusiastic about the hall's new features including improved lighting, extra space and air conditioning.

I now officially declare these refurbished rooms. Congratulations to you all.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>


"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>


Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>




InfoPages News Channels