Kia Ora,
My name is Monique Drake, Venue Coordinator at Forum North in Whangarei.


Name: Whangarei District Council

My Role: Venue Co-Ordinator

The Forum North Entertainment Centre is located in the heart of the Whangārei Central Business District (CBD) and has been the heart of Whangārei's entertainment precinct for more than 40 years.

It is home to the District’s main theatre and exhibition hall hosting many local and touring performances and events.

Forum North has a range of spaces available for hire or you can hire the whole facility.

Our team are keen to work with you to ensure your next event runs smoothly and is a success.


I grew up in a small town outside of Auckland called Kaukapakapa and moved to Whangarei when I was 10. After going back to Auckland for study I decided to move back home to settle down.

How I got where I am today

I grew up in dance school, theatre class etc and have always loved the arts industry.
I studied Makeup Artistry for two years at college and am still a working Makeup Artist on the side.
After working at the council for a while, the job in our Venues and Events Department popped up and it seemed like a natural and perfect fit to move into.


I grew up as the youngest of 6 kids and the only girl.
My husband and I got married in 2020 the day before lockdown. This brings me the most amazing in laws with 3 extra younger siblings.
Can't forget the cat!

The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market is New Zealand's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector.

Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
Mar 04 2024 To Mar 06 2024