At the heart of our mission lies the incredible support we receive from generous grants, sponsors, and individual donors. As a not-for-profit organisation, these contributions form the lifeline of our Festivals, enabling us to create truly transformational moments and unforgettable experiences for our community and beyond.

Why become a Festival Sponsor or Donor?

Sponsorship and philanthropy is now a tried and tested method of profile raising and publicity that enables companies and individuals to give something back to the community in which they operate and live.

Your sponsorship or donation will not only contribute to the success of both the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations, but also leave a lasting impact on our community, nurturing creativity, and inspiring innovation for years to come.

Festival Donor
As a not-for-profit charitable trust, we rely on the generous support of philanthropic donations from our Patrons and Benefactors. As a valued supporter, you'll enjoy an array of highlights specially curated to enhance your festival journey. Tax receipts are issued for eligible 33% tax credits.

Festival Sponsor
As a Wānaka Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations Sponsor, you'll relish an array of benefits:
Define what you stand for: encourage emotional connections to your brand  through a positive association with our celebrated festivals.
Brand  Exposure: Elevate your brand through our extensive profile and excellent hospitality opportunities.
Connect and establish new relationships with other key Festival stakeholders to benefit your business.  
Year-Round Impact: Year-round awareness as a sponsor for Aspiring Conversations 2024 and Festival of Colour 2025.

How much is it going to cost?

Our Patron and Benefactor structure has set amounts for 2 year cycles including both the Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations. Click here for all Festival Donor info.

Donations of any amount can be made at any time.

Sponsorship isn’t a set amount, and the Festival team can work with you to best leverage your support. Contact us at

What’s involved?

Contact us at and we can arrange to send you a proposal, or even better sit down and chat face to face about how we can best leverage your support.

We extend our gratitude to the businesses and organisations that generously support our Festivals. We encourage you to reciprocate their support, as they play a crucial role in bringing the finest of the arts and ideas world to Wānaka.

Benefactors & Patrons

Our heartfelt thanks to our generous benefactors and patrons whose contributions make the Wānaka Festival of Colour and Aspiring Conversations possible. Their support ensures the festivals we all love can thrive and continue to bring joy and inspiration to our community.


Carol Angland & Ross Carrick
Penny Deans & Andrew Gawith 
John & Laurel Gilks
George & Kay Horsburgh
Kate & Ant Howard
Matt Kenealy & Louise Kane 
Jack Lethbridge Trust
Alison & Peter O’Brien
Rob & Jean Johnstone
Trevor Scott & Diana McLachlan
Judith & Ian Shawe
Kate & Michael Sidey
Annis Somerville & Peter Rollo
Richard & Di Somerville
Dame Adrienne Stewart
Ann-Louise Stokes & Shaun Gilbertson
Mark & Sally Verbiest
Sir Tim & Prue Wallis
Peter & Jane Wardell

Clare Allison
Sally Angus
Jan Baird & Pamela Yeomans
David & Sue Baker
Judith Bateman & Philip Toomer
Jackie Boyd & Richard Woodward 
Nick Brown & Mary Smit
Phillipa Crawford
Sara & Trevor Crawford
Sylvia Duff & Lynn Donaldson
Marilyn & Peter Duncan
Annabel Elworthy & Prue Wilson
Charlotte Farrell
Lynne & Ralph Fegan
Anna Findlay
John & Marelda Gallaher
Ros Gellatly
Pip & Alistair Gillespie
Mary & Scott Gilmour
Alison Hazledine & Ian Howie
Ket & Sandy Hazledine
Peter & Kirsty Hazledine
Anna Hiatt
Dr Ruth Highet
Marieke Hilhorst & John Ombler
Allen & Joyce Hogan
John & Annabel Holland
Hugh & Mary Holmes
Wayne & Jane Hudson
Robert Kaplan & Dorothy Fennell
Errol & Jan Kelly
Peter King & Lauren Sleeman
Marie Lewis & Bryan Lloyd
Doug & Kate Lovell
Rod & Heather Macleod
Fred & Margaret McElrea
Jo & Hamish McGregor
Sandy McKay
Tess & Grant McLauchlan
Andrew & Karen McLeod
Fi & Matt McPhee
Julian & Susanne Miles
Al Monro
Leigh and Nicky Overton
Olwyn Pezaro
Ron & Sue Pynenburg
Barney Rivers & Ruth Siems
Cheryl Robert
Jerry & Shirl Rowley
Philip & Josie Sanford
Mike & Jane Saunders
Ann & John Scandrett
Gill & Ted Simpson
Linda Simpson
Annabel & Adam Spiers
Susan Stark
Janet Sutton
Helen Tait
Ben & Debra Taylor
Meg Taylor
Kay Thomson
Graeme Thompson
Kay Thomson & Nigel Zega
Simon Telfer & Joanne Shearer
Jill & Allen Voss
Jimmy & Eve Wallace
Sue Webb
Matt Whimp & Sarah Kemp
Trevor Williams & Rosemary Ahern
Judith Williamson

John & Penny Wilson
Owen & Averil Wright

Sponsors & Funders

We extend our gratitude to the businesses and organisations that generously support our Festivals. We encourage you to reciprocate their support, as they play a crucial role in bringing the finest of the arts and ideas world to Wānaka.

Festival Supporters

CDL Building
Gallery 33
Urban Grind
Custom Digital

Supporting Funders

Lion Foundation
Te Hau Toka - Connecting Communities
Ministry for Ethnic Communities
NZ Community Trust