Support Your Festival - Become a Festival Patron

As we all emerge from a tremendously difficult few years, we believe our arts and culture sector will play a vital role in reinvigorating social connection and community well-being. The Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is more important than ever to helping drive this communal re-emergence.

 The Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival has ambitious plans for the future. Join us on the journey as a Patron.

The following levels of support are available:

  • Pounamu Patron - $10,000+
  • Platinum Patron - $5,000+
  • Gold Patron - $2,500+
  • Silver Patron - $1,000+
  • Bronze Patron - $500+

Patron Programme Manager – Annabel Mason |


A special thank you to our Patron Convenors for their help with securing supporters for the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival - Anna Jepson, Lenise Lendrum, Cristina von Bargen McHardy, Maree Sorenson Wallace and Katherine Halliday.

Formed in 2015, our Patrons are a group of generous donors who are committed to supporting the Arts in Hawke’s Bay. They recognise the Festival as a cornerstone of the creative ecosystem in our region and understand that ticket sales only cover a portion of the Festival budget. 

 Festival Patrons provide crucial support, enabling us to deliver a programme that reflects the unique qualities of Hawke’s Bay and celebrates visual and performing arts and artists from across Aotearoa, as well as bringing international productions to our local stages.  We are also committed to removing barriers for all members of our community to attend Festival experiences and Patron donations also support affordable ticket prices and tailored packages for youth and families on low incomes.

As a Patron of this year’s Festival, we look forward to making you feel both acknowledged and included. You will be:

  • Acknowledged in our printed Festival Programme, on the website and signage at Festival venues.
  • Invited as our guest to the official Festival Programme Launch in July and to the opening night production on 14 October.
  • Provided with a priority booking period ahead of tickets going on sale to the public.
  • Included in events especially for Patrons.
    • Behind the Scenes: The first of these is planned for Tuesday 21 June at Toi Toi to meet your fellow 2022 Patrons. We will also have a designated ‘Patrons’ Performance’ during the run of the Festival that includes a reception following the performance with cast and crew.
    • ‘Wrap Gathering’: Following the run of the Festival, our Patron Convenors will host an informal get together for Patrons in November with our Festival Director and key team members to share feedback on our Festival experiences and hear what the Festival has achieved.
    • Patrons’ Reception: Planned for early March 2023, a special festive occasion in a particularly special venue.

 Gold Patrons and above are provided with preferred seating reserved at all Festival venues, a dedicated personalised booking service and the opportunity for an Artist Meet and Greet during the Festival (subject to availability). At the Pounamu level or above, you have the option to direct your funds to a specific area or project.

 All donations are tax-deductible and a formal receipt will be issued on receipt of payment.


For Gold Patrons and Above:

Preferred seating reserved at all Festival venues
A dedicated personalised booking service
Invitation to selected behind the scenes events
Artist Meet and Greet during the Festival (subject to availability) 

At the Pounamu $10,000 level or above, you have the option to direct your funds to a specific area or project you feel passionate about.

For all Patrons you will receive: 

Receive two invitations to the programme launch
Enjoy a priority booking period for ticket purchases
Be acknowledged on the Festival website, in the programme and on the sponsor board
Receive two invitations to Festival functions
Receive regular newsletters updating you on the Festival progress
Priority notification and booking to off-year touring performances

This donation is for the year up to 31 December 2022

Make a contribution to the festival in 2022

Become a Festival Patron

2022 Patrons 

Pounamu Patron

Platinum Patrons
Jonathan McHardy & Cristina von Bargen
Mills Family Trust
Helen Wilding
Kathryn Young

Gold Patrons
Sarah & James Hall
Katherine Halliday
John & Juliette Lockie
Matangi Angus Beef
Brigid & Gary Plowman
Souness Stone Law Partnership

 Silver Patrons
Barbara Bruce
Brigit & Ian Christie
Clearview Estate
Wyn & Judith Drabble
Mark &Julie Eagle
Kate & Robin Fergusson
Ben & Rae Gaddum
Clare Gordon
Kate Holden
Hygge at Clifton
John Johnston & Judy MacDonald Johnston
Jock & Bridget Mackintosh 
The Mason Family
Hamish & Audrey McHardy
Stewart Financial Group
Jacqueline Taylor
Chris & Angela Tremain
Washpool Station

Bronze Patrons
Richard & Nichola Dallas
Anna Jepson & Phil Williams
Ed & Jenn Kight
Lenise & Tony Lendrum
Maggie Lewis & Graeme Walker
Michal McKay (Mrs)
Cam & Kate McLeay
Lisa & Marco Pascucci
Sarah & Rob Pearce
Tony & Cass Mossman
Kathy Rittson-Thomas & Gerald Wilson
THE WORKS Wellness Centre
Ani Tylee
Rae & Chris Walker
Teresa Woodham & Ross McLean

 A special thank you goes to the following people for their incredible help with securing Patrons for the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival.

Cristina von Bargen, Katherine Halliday, Anna Jepson, Lenise Lendrum, and Maree Sorenson-Wallace.

 If you would like to find out more about how you can support the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, please click here

A Special Thanks To

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