Friends of Baycourt

The Friends of Baycourt is an incorporated society which was formed to assist Baycourt Community Arts Centre in its endeavour to support the cultural development of the Tauranga community.

They formed in 1984 from the community group that lobbied for the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre to be built and became an incorporated society in 1997.

Since its inception Friends of Baycourt has donated over $192,000 worth of equipment to Baycourt Community and Arts Centre.

Those lucky enough to live in Tauranga are fortunate to have a facility such as Baycourt. It’s not just a beautiful building, but an institution, bringing to the people of this area a richness of interest and activity in the arts, which those who live at a distance from main centres much appreciate. 

Benefits of Membership 

As well as assisting the Friends of Baycourt Committee in its work to foster interest and support in this wonderful community facility, your annual subscription also gives you the following benefits:

  • Newsletters: you will receive regular newsletters advising you of upcoming events. It provides you with details of programmes, events and social functions that are exclusive to members. 
  • Preferential bookings: you will receive advanced notification and early booking options to some shows.  
  • Discounted Tickets: you will be entitled to special Friends of Baycourt prices to many shows, when booked through the Baycourt Box Office. You are also entitled to discounted Rialto movie theatre tickets. 
  • Membership Functions: you will be invited to exclusive member only events.

(These benefits may be reviewed after the relaunch in 2024, please also see Membership comments below)

Annual Membership Fees 

  • Single:  $40
  • Double: $70
  • Family: $90 (family of 4 residing at the same address)


If you are wanting to join Friends of Baycourt Inc., after the relaunch in 2024, you are welcome to complete the yet to be updated, Membership Application which we will be happy to keep on file (attachment given below). However, please DO NOT make any subscription payment at this stage. This will enable us to communicate with you, keeping you updated, prior to the relaunch. Should you wish to become a Friends financial member after the 2024 relaunch, we will supply you with our membership welcome and annual subscription letter.


Our AGM, held on the 30th September, 2023, has provided our Committee with the opportunity to initiate a focus group to ‘review and reset’ our Friends programme for the benefit of our members, the community and Baycourt. However, this will take some time to set-up and we are seeking any feedback, comments and ideas which the group will consider towards the reinvention of the Friends programme. You can also volunteer to participate in the focus group meeting in February 2024 (day tba). Read the AGM minutes from 30 September 2023 (5mb pdf)

Following an extended period of inactivity, due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, the Friends of Baycourt Committee are seeking expressions of interest to join the committee so if YOU, or anyone you know, have a passion for Baycourt and the local performing arts sector and are excited by the idea of helping shape the future of the Friends programme, then we want to hear from YOU! 

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any enquires, any and all programme feedback etc., focus group participation, along with any committee nominations at

Until next time,
Friends of Baycourt Committee

To Join

Please complete the Friends of Baycourt application form (2mb pdf)

And email to:

Or post to:

Friends of Baycourt Inc.
PO Box 14070
Tauranga Central
Tauranga, 3141

Friends of Baycourt

Friends of Baycourt