about us

Our History

The Lyric Theatre Society was incorporated on the 19th September 1986, changing its name to the Northern Buller Communities Society on the 12th November 1992. The Society supports communities in the Northern Buller area, the boundaries of which are more particularly described as the area from the Whareatea to the Mokihinui River. Since its formation the Society has evolved as an organisation and has various subcommittees, organisation members and a network of volunteers, all aimed at providing community support and assistance  through activities which enhance, promote and provide lifelong learning opportunities, community spaces, community development and personal development. Our activities now include a staffed Resource and Information Centre, production of a free community newsletter and a variety of beautification projects and activities.  We also act as an umbrella organisation for the Granity Fundraising Centre (Op Shop) and the Hector Swimming Pool - both of which are managed and operated by volunteers.

Society ownership and its historical link to the Lyric Theatre in Granity was maintained until November 2023 when the theatre was transferred to a new organisation dedicated to the building and its place in the community.  Prior to this, we spent eight years restoring the theatre and information on this massive project can be found here.