As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of patrons, benefactors sponsors, trusts and grants to deliver our annual high quality programme.

With about 14% of our income dependent on private donations, these are vital to ensure the continuing success of the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. Your support will allow us to continue to deliver high quality arts and cultural experiences that are transformational and unforgettable.

As a Festival Patron or Benefactor  we will keep in regular contact with you around our programmes and bring you closer to the performers, artists and our achievements. All gifts over $500 will be acknowledged online and in Festival publications.

The benefits of being a patron of the 2017 Festival of Colour

  • Receive two invitations to the launch of the Festival 2017 programme
  • Enjoy a priority booking period for ticket purchases
  • Be acknowledged on the Festival website, in the programme and on the sponsor board during the Festival of Colour
  • Receive two invitations to Festival functions
  • Receive regular newsletters updating you on the Festival progress
  • Priority notification and booking to off-year touring performances

The donation of $500 is tax-deductible and can be made in one payment of $500, two annual payments of $250 or regular instalments via automatic payment. You can pay online at 03 1739 0063151 00 or simply pay by credit card – click here.

Should you wish to upgrade to Benefactor status, this donation of $2,000 entitles you to all the above as well as six complimentary tickets to a performance of your choice and a dedicated personalised booking service including selection of preferred seating to reserve in the Crystal Palace and Lake Wanaka Centre. Plus the opportunity for exclusive ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with Festival performers.

And our Patron Plus and Benefactor Plus options are for those who wish to support both the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. The donation is an additional $250 as a patron and $1000 as a benefactor to enjoy the same privileges as for the Festival of Colour. Contact Lindsey for more information

Be one of those who gets behind us and helps sustain us! If you would like to make an online donation now please click here

If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact General Manager Lindsey Schofield on or phone her on 03 443 4172.

Patrons and benefactors sponsored by Final Logo

Benefactor Plus
Penny Deans & Andrew Gawith
Sir Eion and Jan, Lady Edgar
Ted Lloyd & Alyson Nelson
Mike & Kate Sidey
Mark & Sally Verbiest
Sir Tim and Prue Wallis


John Charrington & Pamela McBride
Kate & Ant Howard
Jack Lethbridge Trust
Trevor Scott & Diana McLachlan
Judith & Ian Shawe
Max & Laraine Shepherd
Richard & Di Somerville
Dame Adrienne Stewart
Graeme & Barbara Thompson

Patron Plus
Sally Angus
Michael & Kristin Bowman
Marilyn & Peter Duncan
Robert & Lynette Duncan
Annabel Elworthy
Lynne & Ralph Fegan
Tim & Cilla Glasson
John Hare & Hetty Van Hale
Ket & Sandy Hazledine
Tim Herrick
John Hogg & Jennifer Connolly
Bryan & Penny Hutchins
Errol & Jan Kelly
Andrew & Karen McLeod
Leigh & Nicky Overton
Philip & Josie Sanford
Jane & Mark Taylor
Kay Thomson & Nigel Zega

Mike & Clare Allison
John & Jill Blennerhassett
Nick Brown & Mary Smit
David & Philippa Crawford
Mayford Dawson & Dame Alison Roxburgh
Mandy Deans & Paul Maynard
Sandy Guy & Brendan Jarvie
Pip & Alistair Gillespie
John & Jo Gow
Lyn Hill
Allen & Joyce Hogan
Mary Holmes
Margot Hutchison
Derek Kirke
Marie Lewis and Bryan Lloyd
Pippa MacKay
Alistair Madill
Sandy McKay
Sally Middleton
Robynanne Milford and the late John Boyd
Philip & Jennifer Munns
Jean & Michael Nelson
Bridgit & Paul Parker
David & Nicola Peart
Jerry & Shirl Rowley
Mike & Jane Saunders
Anne Sutherland
Janet Sutton
Andrew & Annie Swan
Jimmy & Eve Wallace
George & Jo Wallis
David & Kate Walton
Sue Webb
Trevor Williams and Rosemary Ahern
Dawn & Terry Wilson
John & Penny Wilson

We would like to acknowledge the vision and support of our original founding partners

John and Ngaire Alldred – Bass Drum
John Beattie and Anne Salmond – Baton and Triangle
Bellbird Cottage – French Horn
Ray Blake – Trumpet
Janet and Nick Brown – Double Bass
Tricia and John Carr – Piccolo
Cinema Paradiso – French Horn
Pip and Karen Chapman – Violin
John and Kate Coe – Timpani
Dave and Philippa Crawford – Cymbals
Sara and Trevor Crawford – Cello
Jerry and Mandy Bell – Oboe
Jim and Lesley Faulks – Tenor Drum
Lloyd and Julie Ferguson – Clarinet
Anna Findlay – Flute
Roger and Mary Gardiner – Cannon
Ann-Louise Stokes and Shaun Gilbertson – Harp
Glendhu Station Limited – Cello
Peter and De Gordon – Double Bass
Pete and Linda Gowing – Trombone
Aaron Heath – Double Bass
Derek and Pauline Hope – Flute
Tony Horder and Belinda Innes -Trombone
Infinity Investment Group – Saxophone
Tim and Jan Johnston – Xylophone
Allan and Barbara Kane – Piccolo
Jill and Peter King – Violin
Derek and Claire Kirke – Flute
Janet Malloch – Flute
Sandy McKay – Snare Drum
Bob and Pam McRae – Violin
Barbara and Phillip Melchior – Bassoon
Lois Mills – Double Bass
Missy’s Kitchen – Trumpet
Mount Maude Wines – Saxophone
John and Marion Murphy – Violin
Richard Peacocke – Oboe
Dennis and Olwyn Pezaro – Piano
Norman and Dorothy Pittaway – Grand Piano
Rippon Vineyard Winery – Cello
Jerry and Shirl Rowley – Tuba
James Russell and Jackie van der Voort – Violin
Rebecca Sharpe – Violin
Richard and Di Somerville – Percussion
Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World – Cello
Gwenyth Taylor – Harp
John Pawson and Meg Taylor – Viola
Neville and Bonny Teat – Violin
Kieran Turnbull – Finchy’s – Piccolo
Calum and Christy Urquart – Clarinet
Sir Tim and Prue Wallis – Flute
Wanaka ConneXions – Double Bass
Wanaka Hotel – French Horn
Wanaka Mitre 10 – Trumpet
Wanaka New World Supermarket – Cello – Cymbals
Noel Williams – Violin
Belinda Wilson – Maracas
Robert and Prue Wilson – Bongo Drums