About Us

Our Patrons are a vibrant group of supporters who underpin the charitable trust and help to make this Festival one of New Zealand’s premier 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.

Download a Patron Brochure or find out more about becoming a Patron, making a donation 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.

Thank you to our 2023 Patrons for their generous support of the festival.


Betsy & Michael Benjamin
Theresa Gattung
Anna Gibbons
Joséphine & Ross Green
Michael Horton
Pip Muir & Kit Toogood
Susan & Gavin Walker


John Barnett
Frances Bell
Lady Deborah Chambers
Sally Christie
Barbie & Paul Cook
Candis Craven & John Daly-Peoples
Raewyn Dalziel
Michelle Deery
Anni Docking
Antonia Fisher & Stuart Grieve
Kent Gardner
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Jo & Terry Gould
Pip Greenwood & David Gibson
Catherine & Michael Hapgood
Wyn & Steve Hoadley
Karen Holdom
Kate & Ant Howard
Julyan Lawry
Charlotte & Ian McLoughlin
Christine & Derek Nolan
Georgina & Jolyon Ralston
Judith Shea & Keryn Smith
Jenny & Andrew Smith
Anthea & Peter Springford
Lady Tait
Julie & Russell Tills
Mark Russell & Rachel Henderson
Denise & Paul Vujcich
James Walker
Shan Wilson & Gavin Scott
Fran Wyborn
Anonymous (3)


Ema Aitken & David Galler
Brenda & Stephen Allen
Margaret Anderson & Sally Jackson
Gaye Andrews
Libby & Andrew Barrett
Caroline & Jeremy Barron
Louise & Mark Binns
Clare Bradley & Brian Carter
Jo Clayton
Debbie & Greg Cook
Christine & Richard Didsbury
Maria Dew & Mark Parris
Danelle Dinsdale & Bruce Isles
Annette & Kim Ellis
Sally & Charles Fairbairn
Christine Fernyhough
Tana & Charles Fishman
Susan Francis & Chris Bridgeman
Mary & Scott Gilmour
Clare Gordon
Jo & John Gow
Victoria & John Gresson
Adina Halpern & David Flacks
Bridget Hanley & Mike Allen
Anne Hargreaves
Julie & Rod Inglis
Katie Jacobs & Chris Aughton
Lauraine & Murray Jacobs
Jo Johnson & Jarvie Tunnicliffe
Judy Jordan & Trevor Bayly
Kathy Kane & Nigel Harrison
Jenny & Robert Loosley
Jillian Macdonald
Sir Chris & Lady Dayle Mace
Pip McKay
Leigh & Donald Melville
Sue & Julian Miles
Anne & Michael Muir
Anna Nathan & David Williams
Ali Nelson
Patti O’Neill & Trevor Richards
Helen O'Sullivan
Helen Palmer & Peter Hubbard
Rachel & Jason Paris
Jane & Norman Parlane
Matthew Patrick
Karen Pedersen & David Findlow
Nadine & Ian Perera
Helen Pollock
Sarah & Sefton Powrie
John Priestley
Maree & Colin Reynolds
Fran Ricketts
Juliet Robieson
Nadine Rubin Nathan & Paul Nathan
Jane & David Simcock
Robyn & John Spooner
Tania Stiles & James Griffin
Stephanie Urlich & Marty Forsman
Nancy van der Laan
Peter Vial
Katrina Walter
Sue Waymouth
Anonymous (5)


Gretchen Albrecht & James Ross
Midge Bentley
Anne Blackburn
Claire & Peter Bruell
Katherine Burson
Jacinta & Richard Calverley
Angela & Kim Campbell
Tracey & Doug Campbell
Jill & Tim Caughley
Louise & Robert Clark
Amber Coulter & Andrew Lewis
Ainslie Dewe
Jane Fox
Jenny Freedman & Huw Turner
Helen Gillespie & Jack Rosen
Jane & Kevin Glover
S. K. Grout
Penny & Rod Hansen
Lisa Haultain
Pilar & Doug Heffernan
Charlotte Hellaby & Fraser Norris
Frances Ann Hollis
Helen & David Hunter
Leonie Hynds
Belinda Kitchin & Rick Gekoski
Claire Laidlaw
Carol-Ann & Max Lamb
Prudence Lane
Hilary & Maureen Lewis
Julie Loranger & Lindsay Niemann
Peter Macky & Yuri Opeshko
Ruth & Neil Middleton
Bronwyn Monopoli
Barby Pensabene
Richard Prevett
Julie Raddon & Michael Fitzpatrick
Jill Rawnsley & Rob Coltman
Catherine Renouf
Kathryn Roberts
Lauren Roche
Stephanie Tattersfield
Kathryn Todd & Tony Nicholson
Margaret & Mike Tomlinson
Fiona Turner & Arend Merrie
Michael Webb
Christine Wechsler
Tessa Yeoman
Anonymous (4)

Founding Donors

Erika & Robin Congreve

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