About us


The Forum North Trust is a group of passionate civic-minded people committed to provide Whangārei a Community Performing Arts and Events Centre at Forum North including a new large lyric theatre, inclusive programming, educational opportunities and productions and events of the highest standard.


The group presented the rationale for a new lyric theatre including data comparing Capitaine Bougainville to other regional towns and cities’ theatres. The presentation highlighted Whangarei’s limited facilities, disparate audience levels and argued that Whangarei’s access to artistic and cultural events was far lower than every other regional town and city in NZ.

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Our presentation to council on July 7th 2020 went very well and we are now recharged for the next step. There was considerable enthusiasm for our project which aligned very well with councils own report. The presentation includes commentary from Kawiti Waetford, Rick Kennaway QSM, Ian […]
Northland does not have the kind of large theatre that most communities in New Zealand take for granted. It has been without this kind of facility for many years. Successive generations have missed out on the larger scale performances and shows that audiences elsewhere in the […]
Article by Mike Dinsdale of the Northern Advocate Plans are afoot for an 850-seat lyric theatre at Whangārei’s Forum North with the group behind the idea wanting public feedback on what they’d like to see on the site. On Saturday about 60 leaders and key members […]