After two years’ of construction, Haere-roa officially opened on Friday 2 August!
It was an major milestone as the organisation’s been without a permanent home since the ‘quake. It also marked the official return of the legendary Ngaio Marsh Theatre, a space named after kiwi novelist, playwright and director Dame Ngaio Marsh.
The opening ceremony was MC’d by our CEO Dave Hawkey, while the ribbon was cut by a selection of past student presidents. Speakers on the night included Hon. David Caygill, UC Chancellor Susan McCormack, Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Sam Brosnahan. During the performance section of the night, guests were invited into the theatre for plays, dancing, cheer-leading and a set by the Raddlers.
UCSA President Sam Brosnahan says Haere-roa will be a great thing for Christchurch. “We’re really stoked to welcome people inside, and to see the building full of life. While we were obviously sad to see the old UCSA building go, the earthquake has given us an opportunity to build something amazing in its place for future generations. This new building is a fantastic investment in UC students, but it’s also a great space for the community and for theatre-lovers”.