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 2024 Patrons for their generous support of the festival.


Betsy & Michael Benjamin
Philip Carter
Antonia Fisher & Stuart Grieve
Theresa Gattung
Anna Gibbons

Joséphine and Ross Green
Lizanne & Julian Knights
Pip Muir & Kit Toogood
Kevin Ramsbottom-Isherwood
Susan & Gavin Walker
Anonymous (2)


John Barnett
Frances Bell
Neil Brown
Sally Christie
Barbie & Paul Cook
Candis Craven & John Daly-Peoples

Raewyn Dalziel
Michelle Deery
Anni Docking
Kent Gardner
Dame Jenny Gibbs
Catherine & Michael Hapgood
Wyn & Steve Hoadley
Michael Horton
Julyan Lawry
Sir Chris & Lady Dayle Mace
Leigh & Donald Melville
Charlotte & Ian McLoughlin
Christine & Derek Nolan
Helen Pollock

Georgina & Jolyon Ralston
Judith Shea & Keryn Smith
Anthea & Peter Springford
Tania Stiles & James Griffin
Mark Russell & Rachel Henderson
Denise & Paul Vujcich
Michael Webb
Shan Wilson & Gavin Scott
Fran Wyborn
Anonymous (4)


Brenda & Stephen Allen
Margaret Anderson & Sally Jackson
Gaye & Michael Andrews
Caroline & Jeremy Barron
Louise & Mark Binns
Ruth Bonita & Robert Beaglehole
Jo Clayton
Debbie & Greg Cook
Christine Fernyhough
Susan Francis & Chris Bridgeman
Pip Greenwood & David Gibson
Jane & Kevin Glover
Jo & John Gow
Victoria & John Gresson
Adina Halpern & David Flacks
Bridget Hanley & Mike Allen
Doug Hawkins & Lisa Bates
Jo Johnson & Jarvie Tunnicliffe
Judy Jordan & Trevor Bayly
Claire Laidlaw
Pip & John McKay
Bronwyn Monopoli

Ali Nelson
Rachel & Jason Paris

Jane & Norman Parlane
Matthew Patrick
Nadine & Ian Perera

Sarah & Sefton Powrie
John Priestley
Anna & Troy Rawhiti-Connell
Maree & Colin Reynolds
Fran Ricketts
Jane & David Simcock
Jenny & Andrew Smith
Robyn & John Spooner

Liz Tucker
Nancy van der Laan
Anonymous (6)


Gretchen Albrecht & James Ross
Midge Bentley
Carole Beu
Claire & Peter Bruell
Katherine Burson
Angela & Kim Campbell
Jill & Tim Caughley
Christine Chilwell
Louise & Robert Clark
Fran & Phil Connell
Amber Coulter & Andrew Lewis
Danelle Dinsdale & Bruce Isles
Ainslie Dewe
Lisa Dorushkin
Anne Hargreaves
Lisa Haultain
Patricia Holden
Leonie Hynds
Kathy Kane & Nigel Harrison
Deborah Kelland
Isabel & Jean-Maurice King-Gaillard
Carol-Ann & Max Lamb
Prudence Lane
Hilary & Maureen Lewis
Julie Loranger & Lindsay Niemann
Peter Macky
Ruth & Neil Middleton
Richard Prevett
Kathryn Roberts
Juliet Robieson
Nadine Rubin Nathan & Paul Nathan
Nicky Ryan & John Dixon
Amanda & Craig Styris
Penny Thomson
Kathryn Todd & Tony Nicholson
Margaret & Mike Tomlinson
Fiona Turner and Arend Merrie
Stephanie Ulrich & Marty Forsman
Peter Vial
Christine Wechsler
Anonymous (5)

With thanks to our 2024 Donors

Libby & Andrew Barrett

Founding Donors

Erika & Robin Congreve

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