About the Meteor

The Meteor is the Waikato’s most versatile space.

We are Hamilton’s home of New Zealand theatre. The Waikato’s most exciting, accessible and affordable Performing Arts venue!

Our Vision is to enhance the performing arts in Hamilton and New Zealand by providing a vibrant and thriving venue for theatre, music, dance, poetry, exhibitions, workshops, comedy, improv…and much, much more. The diversity is awe-inspiring!

The Meteor theatre is operated by the One Victoria Trust, which exists to foster, develop, and encourage all forms of creative and performing art, in a manner that benefits the community.

In our city. By our city. For our city.

The Meteor is accessible and affordable and exists to support the new and the established, the professional and the community, and the mainstream and the experimental.

So any person or group may use this lovely building, and you’ll pay an amount designed to facilitate your endeavours AND keep us operational, via a mix of low base fees and the sharing of successful ‘door takes’.

The Meteor Story

Coming soon!


Chair: Aaron Chesham

Aaron Chesham is the owner of ACLX lighting. He has a strong background in technical production, and has been involved with the Meteor since just after its inception. He passionately wants to see the venue used to its full potential.

Charlotte Isaac

Charlotte is a commercial lawyer at Davidson Twaddle Isaac. She is also a trustee of the WEL Energy Trust and D V Bryant Trust, one of the longest-running philanthropic trusts in the Waikato, whose primary objective is “to enhance human welfare in the Waikato”.

Outside of work Charlotte is passionate about the Arts and in particular theatre in Hamilton; acting, directing and producing a range of plays, in particular locally written or devised original works. Previous governance roles have included the Hamilton Performing Arts Trust, Creative Waikato, Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Curiously Cut Productions, Waikato Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lifeline Waikato, Netball Waikato Region, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Netball, Hamilton Playbox Repertory Society and Riverlea Theatre & Arts Centre.

Ross MacLeod

Ross MacLeod has been writing, directing and producing theatre in Hamilton for the last decade. While his focus is often smaller scale original works, he has directed productions ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. He has seen The Meteor space come a long way since his first show there in 1999, but a theatre is more than just a building and he is keen to pass on any support he can offer to new writers and performers wishing to use that theatre. He is also a board member of the Hamilton Community Arts Council.

Alec Forbes

Alec likes Shakespeare, beer, football and planting trees.  He co-founded Slip of the Tongue and Hamilton Fringe Festival, and served as Chair of the Hamilton Community Arts Council.
Alec‘s connection to The Meteor goes back to the very first day the building started to transform into a theatre.

Mark Westerby

Mark is a Creative Producer based in Wellington. He runs creative production company Cuba Creative and film company Random Films, is the producer of PANNZ – the New Zealand Performing Arts Market and radio host for arts show Caffeine & Aspirin on RadioActive.fm.
He was the originating producer of award-winning interactive show APOLLO 13: Mission Control, previous director of the New Zealand Fringe Festival, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and The Shoot Out Filmmaking Festival. Mark has also worked with Tropfest Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Madame Tussauds, Storybox and London & Australian Fashion Weeks.

Adrienne Clothier

Adrienne currently works at Creative Waikato after spending seven years working for the Hamilton Community Arts Council where she built up built up a in-depth knowledge and understanding of Hamilton’s artistic community. Adrienne has been one of the drivers behind the Hamilton Fringe Festival since its re-launch in 2008. Adrienne’s own artistic practice is in the world of theatre, and she has worked both on and off-stage with a number of Hamilton’s groups.
Described as having a quiet and calm manner, Adrienne distinguishes herself from other artists by actually having an interest in numbers and finances. She is the company accountant and a shareholder in Free Lunch Street Theatre Company. Adrienne holds a Diploma in Performing Arts (where she met her lovely husband Nick), and a BA in Drama and Management.
She is happily settled in Hamilton, where her family keep themselves busy with all the various community activities they are involved with.

Dr Jeremy Mayall

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is a composer/producer/performer based in Hamilton, New Zealand. He works in music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring his fascination in the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and the human experience.
Much of his work is collaborative, and recent projects have included work with musicians, dancers, poets, aerial silks performers, theatre practitioners, scientists, perfumers, bakers, authors, sculptors, filmmakers, pyrotechnicians, lighting designers and visual artists.

He is also teaches in the Wintec Music Department and is the Research Leader for the School of Media Arts at Wintec. Read more at http://jeremymayall.com

Amanda Graham


Toni Garson


Ruth Deacon



Deborah Nudds – Theatre Manager

Deborah  started working at the theatre from February 2014, when the One Victoria Trust took over. Her role covers the operations of the venue and communications with audience and productions alike. She loves how each show and event brings its own magic and diversity to the Meteor. Always approachable, Deborah aims to find solutions to problems and is here to help all who use the theatre.
Deborah has an extensive background in the local café and food scene, having started and run some successful long-lived ventures over the years, including Metropolis Caffe (1991) and is co-owner of Scoff (2001). Deborah spent several years as a Hamilton Community Arts Councillor and has enduring interest in all the Arts but has a special love for the spoken word. Deborah has produced shows for Fuel Festival, National Poetry Day and in several Hamilton venues. She hopes to help lay some strong foundations for the Meteor to become a busy and successful Arts Institution for many years to come.

Guy Coker – Technical Manager


Hannah Mooney- Marketing and Publicity


Benny Marama – Box Office and Front of House



Our Vision

  • Provide an innovative, adaptive space for the community that encourages artistic endeavour.

Our Purpose

  • Build and support the culture and creativity of our community, artistic and audience, in all forms of creative and performing art.
  • Develop upon the legacy of the space and the various groups that have inhabited it whilst remaining forward thinking, with values and philosophy that respect the past, present and future.
  • Operate a safe, affordable but sustainable space with a culture of accessibility and innovative support.
  • Provide opportunities for development and presentation of unique and diverse performances.
  • Respect and engage with the community and adapt to any change in their needs.
  • Maintain a financial sustainability that facilitates the above purposes.
  • Endeavour to impact the wider community and culture of Hamilton both for the current and future generations.

Our Structure

The One Victoria Trust, hereinafter referred to as The Trust, comprises a board made up of a minimum 7, maximum 13 Trustees, including representatives from each of the following community groups:
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Local Community
  • Creative Representation
  • Technical
  • Marketing
  • Youth
  • Diversity
  • Sponsorship and Funding
  • Strategic
  • Hospitality
  • Institutions
  • Business Leaders
A Quorum of 5 is required for Board meetings.
Simple majority required to pass resolutions.
The Trust will:
  • Abide by the terms and conditions given in the Deed of Charitable Trust of The One Victoria Trust Board Incorporated.
  • Employ staff to fill particular roles.
  • Form sub-committees in areas agreed upon by The Trust.
  • Pay on-going operational costs include electricity, heating, insurance, telephones and internet, administration costs, cleaning, bar licences, etc.

Our Operation


  • The Theatre building will be artistically programmed.
  • While the building is open’ to all, the right to say No’ is reserved.
  • The building will not be a home for any resident group; the artist(s) vacate once a project is completed.

User Accessibility

  • Any person or group may apply’ to use the building.
  • The programming of the building to be so structured that new’ users or alternative’ projects are given opportunity alongside established artists’, and this to be actively promoted.
  • The right to decline a person or group or project is reserved.
  • The building may be used for more than one purpose or more than one performance on any one day.
  • Use of the building implies and assumes trust, informed by a responsible and professional work ethic. That trust may be abused and thereby lost, and the right to use the building removed.
  • Each project an identified person in the project is issued with an entrance code which enables people to work whenever they wish, within the agreed time frame of the project and respecting any negotiated use of the space(s) by others.

User Affordability

  • Each user will pay a small amount for the right to use the space, observing the principle that many pay little (and thereby have access) rather than a few paying a lot (excluding the many who cannot afford a higher fee).


  • User contracts will be used for each artist or group project.
  • While acknowledging the need for creative and innovative activity, the observation of safety protocols, following established guidelines for theatre spaces, will be required by all users.
  • Liability insurance cover may be required to protect the interests of both The Trust and the user(s).
  • A mechanism to enable users to register comments, complaints, or suggestions about the building and its facilities will be established.


Ticketing Policies


  • Wherever possible, we will try to transfer your booking from one performance of a event to another during the same event’s season. However, we are not able to transfer your booking to a different event.
  • Any refunds for patron-initiated cancellations will be at our discretion.
  • If a show is cancelled by The Meteor or the producer/s of an event, your payment (including credit card charges) will be refunded in full.
  • If there are any issues, The Meteor will make a good faith effort to resolve it by openly discussing the matter and attempting to reach a resolution.
  • Please note that, unless specified by the producer/s, if you arrive after the advertised start time of an event we will be unable to admit you. Tickets that are held, but not paid for, will be released for general sale 15 minutes before the advertised start time of the event.
  • The Meteor Theatre reserves the right to alter the pricing of an event that is already on sale. If tickets have been purchased prior to the change in price, then it is up to our discretion whether to refund/charge the difference.

    Online Transactions

  • All transactions are processed in New Zealand Dollars.
  • The name that will appear on your statement will be the One Victoria Trust.
  • The One Victoria Trust  is a registered charitable trust within New Zealand.
  • Tickets purchased online will be sent via email within 12 hours of your purchase.


At The Meteor Theatre, your privacy is important to us, and we want to be sure that you understand the terms and conditions relating to the way in which we collect information and the use of that information. This Privacy Policy in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993, tells you what information we collect, what we do with it and your rights to view, correct or change it.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (http://www.privacy.org.nz) provides further details of the New Zealand Privacy Act and how it protects personal information in New Zealand.

What we collect
As part of our operations, we may gather certain types of information from our users, ticket purchasers, donors, supporters and other individuals with whom we connect:

  • Personally Identifiable Information
    This is provided by you when you register for services that we may offer. Examples of these services include sale of tickets and our email communications or competitions. Providing this information will always be optional for you. However, some services may not be available to you if you chose not to provide it.
  • Aggregated Data
    This information is generated by our systems as they track traffic through our websites and ticketing system. This information does not identify you personally and is not linked to the personally identifiable information that you may have provided.

Who we share this information with
We will not share the information that we collect with any third parties apart from where you have given direct permission for such information to be passed on to specific third party organisations (typically producing companies) for their use in promoting shows and other events. In the event that we do share your information with a third party we require these organisations to agree to comply with the Privacy Act 1993 and with strict conditions governing how personal information is to be handled. In instances where event promoters require the sharing of customer’s personal information in order to qualify for special events or offers and this is clearly disclosed by event promoters prior to booking, the booking will act as an agreement to the conditions of the offer and will supersede The Meteor Theatre’s privacy settings.

The information may be hosted with a service provider. Our agreements with them protect the information that we collect from any use by them that we have not authorised. The aggregated data (not the personally identifiable information) may be shared with third parties such as venue hirers, advertisers and/or business partners. Your personally identifiable information may be shared with third parties when we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law. If we have your prior permission (which we would ask for at the time of collection), we may share the information with specified third parties.

What else we do with the personally-identifiable information
We have collected this information in order to provide the best possible service to you. To this end we may use the information that you provide for the following purposes:

  • To verify your identity if you need help with a forgotten password or you are having login problems with one of our site services.
  • To process any ticketing transactions that you might make via mail or on our website.
  • To contact you regarding your ticket purchase and/or the event that you are attending.
  • To help provide any other services that you have requested.
  • To offer the most relevant information suitable to you and your interests.
  • For any marketing, promotional, publicity, direct marketing or market research that we might undertake.
  • For any other purposes for which you have given permission.

A cookie is a small file that resides on your computer and is recognised by our server when you visit our website. A cookie does not provide us with any personally identifiable information. It does provide details of your Internet Provider (IP) address, the computer platform that you use (e.g. Apple or Windows), the browser that you use (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge) and what domain you are accessing our sites from. With this information, we can do the following:

  • Track traffic patterns to our site.
  • Ensure that the most relevant content is being shown.
  • Allow you to enter certain site member services without having to log in each time you visit.

If you would rather we did not use cookies with you, you can refuse them by turning them off in your browser and/or deleting them from your hard drive. You will still be able to visit our website but some of its functionality may be impaired.

Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Opting in and opting out
You will always have the option to opt in to certain services and to opt out of those services at any stage. This means you may change your mind at any stage about participating in any of our services.

Can we change this policy?
To reflect the fact that our business is growing constantly, we reserve the right to change this policy at any time. We will notify site users of any changes to the Privacy Policy.

Your right to access this information
The New Zealand Privacy Act of 1993 gives you the right to access and correct the information we hold about you. To find out more about how to do this, please contact us at:

The Meteor
PO Box 792
Hamilton, Waikato 3204
New Zealand

Alternatively, you can email us at info@themeteor.co.nz.