In mid-2019, another group of locals associated with performing arts were requested by WDC to present in order to gain a better understanding of the technical requirements of a theatre’s stage house – specifically a fly tower. This group consisted of Lachie McLean, James Franklin, Roger McClean and Ian Pritchard.
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.
This group was then introduced to FNT13, with Ian and Lachie joining shortly thereafter.
Since then, board members have identified and approached various members of our community who each have proven specialist skills and experience relevant to the trusts objectives: Cherry Hermon, Andrea Ross, Grant Stevens and Kawiti Waetford.
FNT13 board members consulted with key individuals within the performing arts industry: Hayden Tee, Lachie McLean and Jess Sayer – aligning with FNT13 and agreeing to support via roles as Creative Advisors.
Now with clearly defined aims and a generous community donation, FNT13 engaged the services of Roger Shand and Associates from Shand Shelton Architects – leaders in all aspects of NZ and Australian live performance venues.
Together with Roger’s concept drawings and detailed plans, and supported by Creative Northland, FNT13 will present to key stakeholders, representatives of local, regional and national organisations on June 6 at Capitaine Bougainville theatre.
Wider consultation is to be via Creative Northland e-newsletter, survey, public presentation, media, the FNT web site and via social media.
FNT13 will make a completed presentation to WDC on 7 July.