We are extremely proud of and grateful to our wonderful Patrons, who are some of the most respected leaders and practitioners in the New Zealand arts community. They were a great source of advice and inspiration for us at our inaugural festival in 2015 and we couldn’t be happier that they are with us again this year.

Penny Hulse

Councillor, Auckland City. / Former Deputy Mayor

Sam Neill

Actor and Wine Maker

Clare de Lore, Lady McKinnon

Honorary Consul, Republic of Rwanda

Wanjiku Kiarie Sanderson

Kenyan – New Zealand playwright, actor

Professor Michael Neill

Shakespearean scholar and actor

Dame Jenny Gibbs

New Zealand arts patron

Professor Annie Goldson

University of Auckland, documentary film maker

Oscar Vaito’elau Kightley

MNZM, New Zealand actor and playwright

Witi Ihimaera


Joe Moodabe

ONZM, Former Executive Chairman of SKYCITY Cinemas

Ian Mune

NZ actor and director

Gregory Fortuin

Former Race Relations Concilliator


Celia Wade-Brown

Former Mayor, Wellington City