Our Supporters

Our Patrons are a vibrant group of supporters who underpin the charitable trust and help to make this Festival one of New Zealand’s premiere cultural events. Every year we stage hundreds of events, gathering together the world’s best writers and thinkers with festival goers for extraordinary experiences. Our Patrons are investors in the future of the event, and in the world of reading, writing and ideas.

We are enormously grateful for the support we receive from individuals which ensures that the Festival continues to bring exceptional writers and thinkers who extend the boundaries of the reader experience to the Auckland stage.

Find out more about becoming a Patron or gifting Patronage or Friend Membership.

Additional thanks goes to our BOLD patrons, who have shown bold, philanthropic leadership by generously making a charitable donation equivalent to or greater than their base patronage.


Frances & Bill Bell
Betsy & Michael Benjamin
Julienne Brown & David McLean
Carol & Gerard Curry
Theresa Gattung
Anna Gibbons & Brian Gaynor
Josephine & Ross Green
Dame Rosie & Michael Horton
Peter Macky & Yuri Opeshko
Pip Muir & Kit Toogood
Fiona & William Stevens
Susan & Gavin Walker
Sir James Wallace


John Barnett
Margaret Casey & Ivan Connell
Barbie & Paul Cook
Raewyn Dalziel
Michelle Deery
Dale D’Rose
Rebecca Edwards
Antonia Fisher & Stuart Grieve
Deborah & Ross George
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Jo & Terry Gould
Pip Greenwood & David Gibson
Penny & Rod Hansen
Catherine & Michael Hapgood
Anne & Peter Hinton
Wyn & Steve Hoadley
Marilyn Horne & Ross Munro
Julie & Rod Inglis
Julyan Lawry
Charlotte & Ian McLoughlin
Sarah Mitchell & Richard Scoular
Christine & Derek Nolan
Maria Renhart
Judith Shea & Keryn Smith
Anthea & Peter Springford
Lady Tait
Julie & Russell Tills
Denise & Paul Vujcich
James Walker
Prue Wallis
Shan Wilson & Gavin Scott
Linda Woolf
Fran Wyborn
Anonymous (2)


David Appleby
Brenda & Stephen Allen
Shirlie & John Bardebes
Libby & Andrew Barrett
Denese Bates
Ewa & David Bigio
Alain Bourgogne
Clare Bradley & Brian Carter
Rosie Brown & Graham Wall
Del & Rod Cameron
Lady Deborah Chambers
Sally Christie
Jo Clayton
Debbie & Greg Cook
Amber Coulter & Andrew Lewis
Diana Crombie
Maria Dew & Mark Parris
Danelle Dinsdale & Bruce Isles
Annette & Kim Ellis
Sarah Fay
Christine Fernyhough
Michael Fisher
Tana & Charles Fishman
Susan Francis & Chris Bridgeman
Annie Gascoigne
Mary & Scott Gilmour
Jane & Kevin Glover
Clare Gordon
Jo & John Gow
Victoria & John Gresson
Bridget Hackshaw & Michael Savage
Adina Halpern & David Flacks
Bridget Hanley & Mike Allen
Jessica & Isaac Hikaka
Lynda & Jason Hinton
Kate & Ant Howard
Katie Jacobs & Chris Aughton
Lauraine & Murray Jacobs
Judy Jordan & Trevor Bayly
Carol-Ann & Max Lamb
Jenny & Robert Loosley
Jillian Macdonald
Sir Chris & Lady Dayle Mace
Kris & Grant McCurrach
Shelley McMeeken
Leigh & Donald Melville
Malcolm Middleton
Sue & Julian Miles
Antonia & Stella Milsom
Anne & Michael Muir
Anna Nathan & David Williams
Ali Nelson
Helen O'Sullivan
Helen Palmer & Peter Hubbard
Jane & Norm Parlane
Matthew Patrick
Cat Pausé
Jan & Roger Payne
Karen Pedersen & David Findlow
Sarah & Sefton Powrie
John Priestley
Maree & Colin Reynolds
Fran & Geoff Ricketts
Juliet Robieson
Nadine Rubin Nathan & Paul Nathan
Meagan & Nelson Schick
Jane & David Simcock
Robyn & John Spooner
Tania Stiles & James Griffin
Chris Szekely
Cecilia Tarrant
Peter Vial
Daisy & Garry Williams
Sue Wood
Celia & Mark Wyborn
Anonymous (5)


Gretchen Albrecht & James Ross
Hilary Allison
Margaret Anderson & Sally Jackson
Gaye Andrews
Raynor Asher
Lisa Bates & Doug Hawkins
Midge Bentley
Marty Bergin & Trevor Easton
Wendy Bunting
Katherine Burson
Felicity Champion & Tom Renhart
Louise & Robert Clark
Margaret Crozier
Ainslie Dewe
Emma & Guyon Espiner
Jenny Freedman & Huw Turner
Anna Friis & Wayne Schuler
Helen Gillespie & Jack Rosen
Jan & Jim Greenwood
Sir Roger & Lady Dianne Hall
Anne Hargreaves
Lisa Haultain
Pilar & Doug Heffernan
Charlotte Hellaby & Fraser Norris
Rachel Hopkins & Nick Hodson
Helen & David Hunter
Kathy Kane & Nigel Harrison
Claire Laidlaw
Prudence Lane
Jean & Paul Lochore
Dennis Lunken
Cathy & Alice McKay
Beth McKay & Cameron Greig
Natasha Markham & Glen Barnes
Paula Middleton
Ruth & Neil Middleton
Bronwyn Monopoli
Amanda Parker & Richard Williams
Barby Pensabene
Ian and Nadine Perera
Richard Prevett
Julie Raddon & Michael Fitzpatrick
Anna & Troy Rawhiti-Connell
Catherine Renouf
Caroline & Paul Restall
Kathryn Roberts
Nicky Ryan & John Dixon
Sarah Sherratt
Michael Stiassny
Dellwyn Stuart & Frank Janssen
Philippa & Barrie Tait
Stephanie & Allan Tattersfield
Margaret & Mike Tomlinson
Robyne Walker & Brett O'Riley
Christine Wechsler
Anonymous (5)

Founding Donors

Erika & Robin Congreve