Whakatuheratanga Nui Grand Opening Gala
Tuesday 29 November 2022
The time has arrived. Sir Howard Morrison Centre presents a star-studded Grand Opening Gala celebration.
A huge line-up of performers and musicians, both mana whenua and from across the motu, will lift the roof of the newly renovated venue in a dazzling multi-disciplinary show.
The line-up includes Aotearoa soul legend Whirimako Black, powerhouse musicians Ria Hall and Anika Moa, Howie Morrison Junior, Te Mauri Kapa Haka, opera singer Christian Thurston, reggae band Origin Roots, Okareka Dance Company, circus sensations The Dust Palace, Thoroughly Modern Māori’s Rutene Spooner, Rotorua Musical Theatre, John Paul College choir, local performers Nikau Grace, Jasmine Hulton, Ellis Carrington and Krissy Knapp, Taiko Drumming, Rotorua Girls’ High School and Western Heights High School Hip Hop crews.
Rotorua-born celebrated choreographer and artistic director Taiaroa Royal (Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngati Raukawa) will direct the Gala event.