Forum North - Capitaine Bougainville Theatre
The Capitaine Bougainville Theatre is named after the Noumea-registered 3614-tonne cargo vessel Capitaine Bougainville, carrying a crew of twenty nine and eight passengers, that sank during a voyage from Auckland to Sydney. She encountered stormy weather less than a day into the voyage, and at about 2.00am on September 3, 1975, fire broke out in the engine room.
The burning vessel was caught in high winds, heavy rain and mountainous waves. Sixteen lives were lost. The Capitaine Bougainville Theatre at Forum North is named after and partly built of materials salvaged from the ship.
There are two public entrances into Forum North. The front access is via Rust Avenue, where the Whangarei District Council Customer Service Centre is located and near the Library and the other off the Water Street car park. There are also three alternative access points available to hirers of the facilities via the kitchen, theatre and hall for ease of pack in and pack out.
Disabled seating is available in the theatre with access via the lift by the Forum North Box Office. Please ensure you book your disabled seating ticket through the Forum North Box office rather than the website to ensure you receive the best service.
Access to the facilities for the public is generally available one hour prior to event start times.