Sir Howard Morrison Centre


The Sir Howard Morrison Centre offers several flexible spaces that can be adapted for use in various configurations. We have an experienced in-house technical team that will work with you to design and deliver your event.

Te Haumihi | Foyer
The spacious foyer offers a warm welcoming area, 11m high ceilings and is awash with natural light, perfect for exhibitions, performances and plenary breaks.
Sir Owen Glenn Theatre | Matangi Rau
The Sir Owen Glenn Theatre is an outstanding regional theatre offering modern tiered seating, high quality lighting and audio technology and adjustable stage to highlight a wide range of performances.

The redevelopment has reinstated the Civic Theatre with 950+ seats. Theatre services, acoustics and HVAC have been upgraded to the level expected of a contemporary theatre.
A small-scale orchestra pit has been designed to accommodate showbands and small orchestras to accompany stage performances. The pit can be raised to floor level to provide additional seating when an orchestra is not needed, or can be raised up to stage level to create a thrust.

Te Haumoko | Black Box Theatre
The former Concert Chamber is transformed into a flexible theatre space with a semi-sprung floor, perfect for performances on an intimate scale and enabling maximum creative innovation.
New infrastructure, a comprehensive package of theatre services and new acoustic treatments will ensure it can be set up in a range of formats, from the traditional stage-end for up to 300 people, to smaller more intimate in-the-round, short traverse and thrust stage shows. Theatre grade, retractable seating and mobile seating blocks ensures the space is able to accommodate a wide range of music, theatre and dance performances in a range of seating layouts.

Te Whakaruruhau | Banquet Room
The Banquet Room is ideal for a wide variety of business and corporate events. With its unique
architectural design it provides an elegant setting and plenty of space for a banquet dinner. This space is ideal for cabaret-style entertainment.

Kaihaukai | Cafe & Bar
The Sir Howard Morrison Centre bar and café (fondly nicknamed The Sir) is the perfect meeting place for pre-show catch-ups with friends. This cosy, fully licensed bar is open 90 minutes before the show and during interval, serving coffee, bar bites and drinks.

Café can be partitioned to create an intimate space for private functions with seating for 60 pax, seats removed for up to 85 pax or opened up and combined with the Foyer to create a larger event space.

Kapua Nui & Kapua Roa | Studio 1 & Studio 2
Kapua Nui & Kapua roa are located on the upper level of the Sir Howard Morrison Centre, these private workspaces are ideal for meetings, presentations and workshops. Both studios contain access to bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

Matatea | Large Studio
Matatea is a large studio space located on the upper level of the Sir Howard Morrison Centre. This workspace is ideal for large meetings, presentations and workshops. This area also has the option to be partitioned off or opened up and combined with the mezzanine space to provide a large open hosting space for special events, product launches and pre-show cocktail functions including access to mobile bar facilities. Access to bathrooms and kitchen facilities are available.

Te Papa Huarewa | Mezzanine

Te Papa Huarewa is located on the second floor of the Sir Howard Morrison Centre and overlooks the main foyer. This area has access to bathrooms and kitchen facilities.




1170 Fenton Street Rotorua 3010


07 351 8957