ONEONESIX is an accessible performance, art and community space in the centre of Whangārei. It is used by hundreds of people in the community every week and visited by a growing number of artists, theatre companies and groups from around the country. It is widely known as a place that incubates original ideas, celebrates, presents and assists in the development of diverse contemporary performing arts, supports valuable community activity and provides a framework for young people to participate and gain skills in a range of areas.
ONEONESIX is WDC owned building. The lease for the management of the building is currently held by Company of Giants. Company of Giants pay a peppercorn rental to WDC for the building in return for running it as a community space. ONEONESIX is run entirely on volunteer time and energy.
ONEONESIX Trust, formed at the end of 2017, will takeover the lease from Company of Giants in 2019. ONEONESIX receives no operational funding, however, the trust is in the process of applying for operational funding in order to pay for staff to run the building, develop audience, run education programmes with local schools, mentor young theatre practitioners, incubate new community focused projects, provide a space for people to meet and talk, host a community radio station and develop original, contemporary NZ theatre.
The trustees are a mix of experienced NFP trustees and theatre professionals who are committed to the sustainable growth of ONEONESIX . One of the objectives ONEONESIX Trust is to develop pathways for young people into professional employment in theatre. This objective extends to the development of governance capacity in our (mostly) young trustees. The current chair of the trust is Matt Keene.