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.

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.

Become a Patron of the 2019 Festival of Colour

  • Receive two invitations to the launch of the Festival 2019 programme in February 2019
  • 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.  A receipt will be sent to you once the donation is paid.

Become a Benefactor of the 2019 Festival of Colour

Should you wish to upgrade to Benefactor status, this donation of $2,000 entitles you to all the above as well as 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.

Also you can choose to either

  1. Make a $2000 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 eight complimentary tickets to a show/s of your choice. We can provide a receipt but because you will be receiving direct benefits ie the free tickets, this donation option does not quality for a tax rebate.

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 Laura 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 Laura Williamson on or phone her on 03 443 4172.

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


Carol Angland & Ross Carrick
Fiona Campbell
John Charrington & Pamela McBride
John & Laurel Gilks
Kate & Ant Howard
George & Kay Horsburgh
Jack Lethbridge Trust
Graeme & Eunice Marsh
Alison & Peter O’Brien
Trevor Scott & Diana McLachlan
Judith & Ian Shawe
Max & Laraine Shepherd
Richard & Di Somerville
Dame Adrienne Stewart
Graeme & Barbara Thompson
Peter & Jane Wardell

Patron Plus
Sally Angus
John Beattie & Anne Salmond
Michael & Kristin Bowman
Tony & Shirley Clarry
Bill & Karen Day
Marilyn & Peter Duncan
Robert & Lynette Duncan
Brian Cooke & Devon Hotop
Annabel Elworthy
Suzanne Ellison
Lynne & Ralph Fegan
Anna Findlay
Roger & Mary Gardiner
Scott & Mary Gilmour
Tim & Cilla Glasson
Dee & Peter Gordon
John Hare & Hetty Van Hale
Ket & Sandy Hazledine
Peter & Kirsty Hazledine
Tim Herrick
Lyn Hill
Jonette Hodge
John Hogg & Jennifer Connolly
Wayne & Jane Hudson
Bryan & Penny Hutchins
Errol & Jan Kelly
Andrew & Karen McLeod
Bob & Pam McRae
John & Marion Murphy
Penny & John Nelson
Alison & Peter O’Brien
Leigh & Nicky Overton
Philip & Josie Sanford
Adam & Annabel Spiers
Jane & Mark Taylor
Meg Taylor
Kay Thomson & Nigel Zega
Peter & Jane Wardell

Margaret Ackley
Mike & Clare Allison
Jan Baird & Pamela Yeomans
Andrew Bartholomew
Iona Bentley
John & Jill Blennerhassett
Nick Brown & Mary Smit
Rob & Jill Cameron
Bruce Cathie
Pip & Karen Chapman
Wyn & Dorothy Chirnside
Marjorie Cook
Greta Connell
Martin Connell
David & Philippa Crawford
Mayford Dawson & Dame Alison Roxburgh
Mandy Deans & Paul Maynard
Duke & Linette Dixon
Norma Dutton & Peter Gregg
Jo Eckhoff
Rosemary & Tom Everitt
Prof Roger & Carolyn Field
Wayne & Sandra Findlay
Norman & Barbara Fitzgerald
Grant Fyfe & Caroline Harker
Pip & Alistair Gillespie
John & Jo Gow
Alan & Kay Gray
John & Carolyn Grey
Thomas & Adi Gudsell
Sandy Guy & Brendan Jarvie
Chris Hadfield & Paul Tregea
Alison Hazledine & Ian Howie
Gavan & Gerarda Herlihy
Kirsty Hewitt & Gin Bush
Anna Hiatt & Jono Robertson
Allen & Joyce Hogan
Mary Holmes
Dick & Diana Hubbard
Margot Hutchison
Elizabeth & Balfour Irvine
Jillian & Dick Jardine
Peter King & Lauren Sleeman
Derek Kirke
Annabel Langbein & Ted Hewetson
Marie Lewis & Bryan Lloyd
Freddie and Rosemary Linterman
Geoff & Jean Logan
Jim & Gill Loughnan
Doug & Kate Lovell
Pippa MacKay
Rod Macleod
Alistair Madill
Janet Malloch & Brian Anderson
Peter Marshall & Claire Sullivan
Matt & Jo McCaughan
Jo and Hamish McGregor
Sandy McKay
Fiona & Matt McPhee
Sally Middleton
Robynanne Milford and the late John Boyd
Rosa & William Miller
Elaine Mowery
Philip & Jennifer Munns
Jean & Michael Nelson
Bridgit & Paul Parker
David & Nicola Peart
Stephanie Pursley & Denis Costello
Ron & Sue Pynenburg
Jackie & Simon Redai
Bridget Rennie
Sonia & Mark Richter
Barney Rivers & Ruth Siems
Jerry & Shirl Rowley
Tom & Adrienne Rowley
Grant & Karen Ruddenklau
Mike & Jane Saunders
Gill & Ted Simpson
Neill & Barbara Simpson
Acton & Dinah Smith
Don & Jan Spary
Ann-Louise Stokes & Shaun Gilbertson
Anne & Jamie Sutherland
Janet Sutton
Andrew & Annie Swan
Helen Tait
Nev & Bonny Teat
David Tripp
Marg & Ross Turner
Lesley & Alex Twaddle
Jill & Allen Voss
Jimmy & Eve Wallace
George & Jo Wallis
David & Kate Walton
Ken & Lyn Warburton
Sue Webb
Tony & Mark Williams
Trevor Williams & Rosemary Ahern
Annabel Wilson
Dawn & Terry Wilson
John & Penny Wilson
Prue & Robert Wilson
Owen & Averil Wright
Donald Young

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