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. They help us to deliver transformational moments and unforgettable experiences to the region.

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.

Thank you to our 2019 supporters!


Benefactor Plus

Penny Deans & Andrew Gawith
Kate & Ant Howard
George & Kay Horsburgh
Alison & Peter O’Brien
Ted Lloyd & Alyson Nelson
Longview Environmental Trust
Peter & Fay Robertson
Judith & Ian Shawe
Kate & Michael Sidey
Graeme & Barbara Thompson
Mark & Sally Verbiest
Sir Tim and Prue Wallis


Carol Angland & Ross Carrick
Lizzie Craddock
Karen Eberwein & Steve Lorack
Sir Eion & Jan, Lady Edgar
John and Laurel Gilks
Jack Lethbridge Trust
Rob & Jean Johnstone
Eunice & Graeme Marsh
Trevor Scott & Diana McLachlan
Max & Laraine Shepherd
Richard & Di Somerville
Dame Adrienne Stewart
Peter & Jane Wardell

Patron Plus

Clare Allison
Sally Angus
Judith Bateman & Philip Toomer
Michael & Kristin Bowman
Tony & Shirley Clarry
Marilyn & Peter Duncan
Peter & Kirsty Hazledine
Brian Cooke & Devon Hotop
Suzanne Ellison
Lynne & Ralph Fegan
Tim & Cilla Glasson
Scott & Mary Gilmour
Dee & Peter Gordon
Ket & Sandy Hazledine
John Hogg & Jennifer Connolly
Bryan & Penny Hutchins
Errol & Jan Kelly
Andrew & Karen McLeod
Viv Milsom & Evan Cummins
John & Marion Murphy
Penny & John Nelson
Leigh & Nicky Overton
Philip & Josie Sanford
Adam & Annabel Spiers
Jane & Mark Taylor
Meg Taylor
Kay Thomson & Nigel Zega
Hetty Van Hale & John Hare


Cheryl Baer
Jan Baird & Pamela Yeomans
David & Sue Baker
Nick Brown & Mary Smit
Marian Carroll
Jan Caunter & Denis Nugent
Wyn & Dorothy Chirnside
Greta Connell
Linda Constable
David & Philippa Crawford
Sara & Trevor Crawford
Mayford Dawson & Dame Alison Roxburgh
Mandy Deans & Paul Maynard
Caroline & Peter Degerholm
Norma Dutton & Peter Gregg
Annabel Elworthy & Prue Wilson
Rosemary & Tom Everitt
Lloyd & Julie Ferguson
Prof Roger & Carolyn Field
Norman & Barbara Fitzgerald
Anna Findlay
Sally & Patrick Frengley
Grant Fyfe & Caroline Harker
John & Marelda Gallaher
Roger & Mary Gardiner
Pip & Alistair Gillespie
Dee and Peter Gordon
Alan & Kay Gray
John & Carolyn Grey
TN & A Gudsell
Sandy Guy & Brendan Jarvie
Chris Hadfield & Paul Tregea
Alison Hazledine & Ian Howie
Gavan & Gerarda Herlihy
Tim Herrick
Kirsty Hewitt & Gin Bush
Anna Hiatt & Jono Robertson
Marieke Hilhorst
Lyn Hill & John Carter
Hugh & Mary Holmes
Allen & Joyce Hogan
John & Annabel Holland
Wayne & Jane Hudson
Derek Kirke & Lorraine Scott
Peter King & Lauren Sleeman
Annabel Langbein & Ted Hewetson
Anne Lankovsky
Geoff Logan
Marie Lewis & Bryan Lloyd
Doug & Kate Lovell
Rod & Heather Macleod
Janet Malloch & Brian Anderson
Maungatua Contracting
Fred and Margaret McElrea
Jo & Hamish McGregor
Sandy McKay
Fiona & Matt McPhee
Julian & Susanne Miles
Robynanne Milford and the late John Boyd
Rosa & William Miller
Stephanie Pursley & Denis Costello
Ron & Sue Pynenburg
Barney Rivers & Ruth Siems
Cheryl Robert
Frank Rowe-Dean
Anna Rowe-Dean
Jerry & Shirl Rowley
Grant & Karen Ruddenklau
Anne Salmond & John Beattie
Mike & Jane Saunders
Ann & John Scandrett
Steve & Diana Schikker
Gill & Ted Simpson
Neill & Barbara Simpson
Acton & Dinah Smith
Ann-Louise Stokes & Shaun Gilbertson
Anne & Jamie Sutherland
Janet Sutton
Helen Tait
Nev & Bonny Teat
Simon Telfer & Joanne Shearer
Theresa & Graeme Tingey
Marg & Ross Turner
Jill & Allen Voss
Jimmy & Eve Wallace
George & Jo Wallis
David & Kate Walton
Ken & Lyn Warburton
Sue Webb
Trevor Williams & Rosemary Ahern
Annabel Wilson
Dawn & Terry Wilson
John & Penny Wilson
Owen & Averil Wright

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


Will you please join us in bringing the best in arts and ideas to our region?

Become a Patron of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust and support the 2020 Aspiring Conversations and the 2021 Festival of Colour


Your $600 Patron donation will help us bring more wonderful festivals to the Wanaka community.

To thank you, our Festival team are excited to make sure you:

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

This membership expires 31 December 2021.


Become a Benefactor of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust and support the 2020 Aspiring Conversations and the 2021 Festival of Colour


Your $2500 Benefactor donation will help us bring more wonderful festivals to the Wanaka community.

To thank you, our Festival team are excited to make sure you receive all of the Patron benefits (listed above), plus:

  • a personalised booking service, including selection of reserved seating in the Crystal Palace
  • the opportunity for exclusive ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with Festival performers.

You can choose to either:

  1. Make a $2500 donation and receive a tax receipt so you can claim back the tax on the donation OR
  2. If you prefer we can give you six complimentary tickets to a show/s of your choice. We will still provide a receipt, but this donation option does not quality for a tax rebate.

This membership expires 31 December 2021.


Be one of those who gets behind us and helps sustain us! If you would like to join us as a Patron or Benefactor now please click here.

Become a Patron or Benefactor >>


You can also pay online by direct deposit to the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust at 03 1739 0063151 00.

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