Central Leader : February 23rd 2011
4 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 NEWS www.metlifecare.co.nz REV4896 OPEN TO VIEW Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February, 10am to 4pm 38 Golf Road, Titirangi Reward yourself with a relaxed retirement lifestyle. Visit an Open Day at Metlifecare Crestwood to see it for yourself. Spacious, safe and set on 6 hectares of beautiful native bush, this wonderful village offers a fantastic retirement lifestyle in Green Bay. Why you will love Metlifecare Crestwood: A friendly village community where everyone is welcome Picturesque bush setting creates a relaxed atmosphere Safe environment for peace-of-mind living Village transport to shopping and services at LynnMall Facilities, such as heated indoor swimming pool, spa pool, bar and library Need more info? Talk to one of our friendly team on 09 817 0464. Campaign to revive grand old dame By HANNAH SPYKSMA Singing its praises: Mercury Rising campaign organiser Richard Howard is looking for philanthropists to invest in this inner- city gem. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' This building is a jewel in the city. ' Richard Howard Mercury Rising The grand old dame of Auckland s art scene is up for sale and a cru- sade is under way to see her reinstated as the first lady of theatre. Mercury Rising is the grass roots campaign behind the move to reclaim Newton s Mercury Theatre as a leading performing arts venue. This building is a jewel in the city, perhaps not a shiny jewel at the moment, but still -- it s about realising the true opportunity for the Mercury, campaign leader Richard Howard says. Valued in the millions, the iconic building has several parties interested in its imminent pur- chase. Mr Howard and his troupe of campaigners are hoping to raise $3 million by the end of the month to secure a stake in its future. He would like to see the theatre become a multi-functioning performing arts facility, which is accessible to a wide genre in terms of audience, style and economy. The regeneration possibilities for Karangahape Rd businesses and community are numerous and the reformation of a sense of performing arts community as was in the days of the old Mercury and Theatre Cor- porate companies is a distinct possi- bility. Re-establishment of the theatre will open broad public access to the building once again and enhance the living heritage environment of the area, he says. Of English baroque architecture, the 100-year-old building was sold out of the arts sector after Mercury Theatre Company, which owned the premises since 1968, went bust. It was put on the market six months ago after being in the hands of Equippers Church for the past 16 years. The venue has been occasion- ally contracted out for shows, such as the upcoming Carnival of Souls -- an Auckland Arts Festival feature. Mr Howard believes investing in the theatre is by far the cheapest option in terms of filling the needs for performance space in Auckland. Comfortably seating 600 patrons, the theatre boasts a two-tiered sit- ting area and a stage which accord- ing to Mr Howard, is in remarkably good condition . There are several options being floated as potential locations to develop performing arts venues in the city. Q-Theatre, a mid-size flexi-form theatre, is in mid-construction and aiming for a September opening. More than $21 million has been invested in this building, but it still doesn t provide the city with per- formance space catering for large scale shows for 600 patrons and above. Angling for that larger audience, the Auckland Theatre Company has also put forward plans to establish a grand theatre in Wynyard Quarter, boasting a total of 800 seats. The company is seeking Auckland Council support in the form of $10 million for the long term project, with total establishment costs estimated around $41 million. And the future of St James is another waiting game. The Edge has put forward a bid to revamp the fire-damaged building as part of its Auckland convention centre plans. Council and government input is being sought for renovating the building, which is going to cost $11 million to buy and $50 million to restore. The council is undertaking a study into the capacity for develop- ing performing arts venues in Auck- land and will not comment on which projects it supports until the report is released in April.
February 18th 2011
February 25th 2011