Welcome to The Plaza

Welcome to The Plaza, South Waikato's premium performing arts centre. We are available to hire for small and large events.

Our newly renovated proscenium arch theatre features a 9-bar fly tower, ample parking, full wheelchair access, excellent dressing rooms/studio with kitchen and showering facilities, gas heating, retractable seats to reveal large floor, and the best acoustics you’ve heard in years!

We boast very reasonable rates. Call us – you'll be surprised at what we can offer!

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Featured Events

Sunday Movie - Wonder
Sun 22 Apr

2pm Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The South Waikato Arts Trust is delighted to announce a new bus service to transport patrons from Tokoroa to The Plaza, Putaruru to view our monthly Sunday movies. The bus will collect patrons along the Urban Connector route from 12noon on Sunday the 22nd of April and will do so for our monthly movies throughout autumn and winter 2018. Due to a generous grant from the Len Reynolds Trust this is a free service for residents to attend our movies at The Plaza.
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Scottish Fiddle Orchestra
Sun 29 Apr

2:30pm $20 Adult $15 Child/Senior $35 Family Three of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians are coming to New Zealand and you can catch them at the Plaza in Putaruru on 29 April 2018. Gordon Gunn has been described as “one of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players of the times.” He is a founding member of Scottish super-group Session A9, who were voted best live act at the 2012 Trad Awards, as well as being a respected fiddle tutor, composer, session musician and producer. He is an tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Trad Music in Plockton and is also in demand teaching fiddle and group work classes all over the world. His playing has featured on more than 50 albums. Angus Lyon is a member of both Blazin’ Fiddles & The Halton Quartet who has also recorded & performed alongside Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Blue Rose Code, Eliza Carthy, Matt Costa, Bella Hardy & many more! Gregor Borland has also toured and recorded with many great bands and artists - Kathryn Tickell, Davy Steele, Jim Malcolm and Burach, to name just a few. He now has his own teaching studio in Edinburgh, runs annual fiddle weeks in stunning locations, teaches at clubs all around Scotland and is in demand as a guest instructor at fiddle schools as far afield as the USA and New Zealand. Together these three superb musicians will be teaching fiddle and accompaniment classes at a fiddle week in west Auckland (www.scotstring.nz) and will then present concerts in Auckland and Putaruru. They will be accompanied by some of their students, and members of the Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club The Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club was set up 10 years ago to teach the techniques of Scottish Fiddle. Many of the members are classical musicians, who also love Scottish music. The group includes pianists, cellists and guitarists who provide accompaniment. Several members of the Auckland Scottish Fiddle Club have played at the
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South Waikato Music Society Present: Saxophone and Marimba Duo
Sun 10 Jun

2.30pm Michael Jamieson (saxophone) and Yoshiko Tsuruta (marimba) The New Zealand leading saxophonist and marimbist joined together for duo concerts. By playing not only classical music, but also other genres, Michael and Yoshiko will provide entertainment that appeals to a diverse audience. Michael is in demand as an orchestral and chamber saxophonist, working regularly with groups such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra (NL) and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Yoshiko has performed in several concertos on marimba with different orchestras, including Christchurch Symphony Orchestra(Christchurch), St Matthew’s Chamber orchestra (Auckland), NZSM Orchestra (Wellington) and Waikato University Orchestra (Hamilton). o Adults $25, Members $20, Students Free, Door Sales Only, No Eftpos.
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Regular events

Sunday Movie
Sun 27 May
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Sunday Movie
Sun 24 Jun
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Sunday Movie
Sun 29 Jul
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Sunday Movie
Sun 26 Aug
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Aspire Arts Junior Production
Sat 22 Sep
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Sunday Movie
Sun 23 Sep
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