Our Vision

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.

On the 1st February 2014, the keys to the Meteor Theatre were formally handed over to the One Victoria Trust. Over the next three years community support for the venue to operate as a fully functioning theatre flowed through the space. Key Performance Indicators set by Hamilton City Council were smashed as thousands of people came through the doors to use the theatre. As the 3-year trial period of community operation came to an end, the One Victoria Trust had achieved all the HCC conditions on the Deed of Gift and the theatre officially passed into OVT ownership.

In 2017 the building was upgraded and earthquake strengthened. In 2018 the venue won the Hamilton CBD Award for ‘Best CBD Experience’. New local production companies began to emerge, as did new festivals, and new local stories. Improved facilities, an increase to seating capacity, and superb staff saw the venue come into demand by touring NZ companies.

Then, of course 2020 hit a fatal blow to the whole world, and the creative sector was only one of those to suffer severe impacts through closure and cancellations. The One Victoria Trust is indebted to all those who stepped up to support our local creative industry. Our thanks goes out to local Council, Community Funders, Creative NZ, and all the wonderful people who continued to support the mahi of the Meteor Theatre.

One of the ongoing strengths of the Meteor has been its ability to flex and adapt its Black Box theatre space. Perhaps at no other time in history did the perfect size of the Meteor come into play when the time came to re-open the theatre doors. Gathering size, spacing restrictions, and sign-in protocols were challenges for our theatre staff there is no doubt. Fears of whether the audience would come were put aside as shows performed to sold-out nights. We have been lucky. Many countries have not fared so well.

It has been seven years, and the Meteor now steps up from the enormous learnings of childhood, into adolescence. It is time to re-focus and cement our place in not only the local landscape of performance venues, but on a national platform. We have faced, and risen to, significant challenges in the past seven years and now we turn our efforts to a new 3-year strategic plan. With three new trustees on board, we have revisited our Vision, Mission and Values. We have identified goals in four focus areas.

We are looking to the future. As this strategic plan comes to an end in 2023 we know that a new regional theatre will be opening its doors. This will bring a new focus to Kirikiriroa, and a significant boost to creative activity in the Waikato region. We are already forming our place in this journey.

As always, this is an exciting time for the Meteor as we look to nurture, host, and celebrate our relationships with creators, audiences, and external partners. Community wellbeing and social connectedness has been raised to new levels of awareness around the world. The arts continue to help us to define and express ourselves, as well as engage with each other in our communities. By continuing to provide a space where the community can engage with various art forms, both as audience and participants, we allow all our users to increase their own capacity for life.

We are but the guardians of this space. We welcome you to join the journey.

Adrienne Clothier
Chair – The One Victoria Trust Board

Our Purpose

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:
A Quorum of 5 is required for Board meetings.
Simple majority required to pass resolutions.
The Trust will:

Our Operation


User Accessibility

User Affordability