Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Official Civic Theatre Opening

An official opening and ceremonial handover to the people Auckland of the restored Civic Theatre will be held early next year upon final completion of the project.

Auckland City Council last night voted $30,000 for the official opening to mark the occasion and completion of the two-year restoration project. A working party of Councillors has been formed to plan the event.

Chris Fletcher, Mayor of Auckland City says the Civic is the city’s most distinguished building, which is due an appropriate opening following its magnificent restoration. “The Civic Theatre is our most famous heritage building, and a very special part of Auckland’s history. The opening should reflect it’s unique character and acknowledge the wonderful work that has gone into its revival.”

Two Open Days will be held on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th December, providing the public with their first opportunity of experiencing the magic of the Civic since it was closed over two years ago. The Open Days mark the theatres 70th Anniversary since it was opened on 20 December 1929 billed as the ‘Palace of Dreams’.

Chris Fletcher says there is huge interest in the Civics restoration and the public Open Days. “Aucklanders will again fall in love with the restored grandeur and enchantment that has been achieved,” she said.

Council previously budgeted $50,000 for the Open Days and last night approved an additional $15,000 to meet the costs of opening the theatre and conducting tours with entertainment over the two days.

The Open Days hours are 12 noon until 6pm on Sunday 19 December, and 10am to 5pm on Monday 20th December, with 45-minute tours leaving every five minutes. Shorter tours of 20 minutes will also be conducted.

Ongoing tours of the Civic will be conducted early next year, for which Council also approved an extra $6,000.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news