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.

Our BOLD patrons have shown bold, philanthropic leadership by generously making a charitable donation equivalent to or greater than their base patronage.

Founding Donors

Erika & Robin Congreve


Frances & Bill Bell
Betsy & Michael Benjamin
Mary Biggs & Peter Biggs CNZM
Julienne Brown & David McLean
Adrian Burr
Carol & Gerard Curry
Theresa Gattung
Josephine & Ross Green
Dame Rosie & Michael Horton
Peter Macky & Yuri Opeshko
Pip Muir & Kit Toogood
Susan & Gavin Walker
The Wallace Foundation


John Barnett
Margaret Casey & Ivan Connell
Barbie & Paul Cook
Dale D’Rose
Antonia Fisher & Stuart Grieve
Deborah & Ross George
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Jo & Terry Gould
Pip Greenwood & David Gibson
Bridget Hanley & Mike Allen
Penny & Rod Hansen
Cathy & Michael Hapgood
Jessica & Isaac Hikaka
Julyan Lawry
Charlotte & Ian McLoughlin
Sarah Mitchell & Richard Scoular
Christine & Derek Nolan
Maria Renhart
Judith Shea & Keryn Smith
Jenny & Andrew Smith
Fiona & William Stevens
Lady Tait
Tiare Tolks & Michael Robinson
Prue Wallis
Shan Wilson & Gavin Scott
Linda Woolf
Fran Wyborn
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David Appleby
Libby & Andrew Barrett
Ewa & David Bigio
Clare Bradley & Brian Carter
Rosie Brown & Graham Wall
Lady Deborah Chambers
Sally Christie
Jo Clayton
Diana Crombie
Danelle Dinsdale & Bruce Isles
Annette & Kim Ellis
Michelle Deery
Sarah Fay
Christine Fernyhough
Michael Fisher
Tana & Charles Fishman
Nan & John Fogarty
Annie Gascoigne
Jo & John Gow
Bridget Hackshaw & Michael Savage
Adina Halpern & David Flacks
Anne & Peter Hinton
Lynda & Jason Hinton
Kate & Ant Howard
Katie Jacobs
Lauraine & Murray Jacobs
Judy Jordan & Trevor Bayly
Carol-Ann & Max Lamb
Jillian Macdonald
Sir Chris & Lady Dayle Mace
Kris & Grant McCurrach
Shelley McMeeken
Deirdre McOnie
Malcolm Middleton
Sue & Julian Miles
Antonia & Stella Milsom
Anne & Michael Muir
Anna Nathan & David Williams
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 Reynolds
Fran & Geoff Ricketts
Nadine Rubin Nathan & Paul Nathan
Robyn & John Spooner
Anthea & Peter Springford
Tania Stiles & James Griffin
Cecilia Tarrant
Stephanie & Allan Tattersfield
Julie & Russell Tills
Peter Vial
Denise & Paul Vujcich
Daisy & Garry Williams
Sue Wood
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Gretchen Albrecht & James Ross
Brenda & Stephen Allen
Hilary Allison
Margaret Anderson
Gaye Andrews
Raynor Asher
Shirlie Bardebes
Katherine Burson
Del & Rod Cameron
Angela & Kim Campbell
Felicity Champion & Tom Renhart
Louise & Robert Clark
Anna Rawhiti-Connell & Troy Rawhiti-Forbes
Debbie & Greg Cook
Amber Coulter & Andrew Lewis
Margaret Crozier
Susan Francis & Chris Bridgeman
Jenny Freedman & Huw Turner
Anna Friis & Wayne Schuler
Helen Gillespie & Jack Rosen
Jane & Kevin Glover
Clare Gordon
Jan & Jim Greenwood
Victoria Gresson
Anne Hargreaves
Pilar & Doug Heffernan
Charlotte Hellaby & Fraser Norris
Rachel Hopkins & Nick Hodson
Diane Howe
Helen & David Hunter
Sally Jackson
Deborah & Allen Jowitt
Kathy Kane & Nigel Harrison
Claire Laidlaw
Prudence Lane
Jean & Paul Lochore
Elaine & Dennis Lunken
Cathy & Alice McKay
Rosemarie Margan
Leigh & Donald Melville
Paula Middleton
Ruth & Neil Middleton
Bronwyn Monopoli
Debby Murphy
Amanda Parker & Richard Williams
Barby Pensabene
Julie Raddon & Michael Fitzpatrick
Caroline & Paul Restall
Juliet Robieson
Nicky Ryan & John Dixon
Meagan & Nelson Schick
Michael Stiassny
Philippa & Barrie Tait
Margaret & Mike Tomlinson
Stephne Vaughan & Frank Olsson
Robyne Walker & Brett O'Riley
Lenore West
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