The annual Wellington Jazz Festival is the highlight of Aotearoa’s music calendar, featuring some of the finest musicians from across New Zealand and around the globe. For 2023, the Festival will be showcasing an international headline programme at the Michael Fowler Centre and Meow in Wellington, as well as two new commissions from Aotearoa New Zealand artists thanks to Creative New Zealand and Todd Corporation.

Jazz aficionados and intrepid newcomers will be able to explore an explosion of gigs across the city,  spreading the magic of jazz throughout the capital’s streets, cafes, bars and live music venues.

Join us in October, 25 - 29.

Ko te Taurima Tautito o Pōneke te kaiwhakamahana i te ao pūoro i te pū o te takurua, kei konā hoki hetehi o ngā mana nui o te puoro tautito o Aotearoa, otirā o te ao whānui tonu. Mō te tau 2023, e aro anō ana te taurima nei ki ngā pūkenga maha o Aotearoa.

Ka tāea e ngā pononga tautito, me ngā pononga hou te whai whēako i roto i te mātotorutanga o te ao waiata tautito, horapa ana ki ngā tiriti o te taone matua, i ngā pāpara, i ngā waahi kai anō hoki.

Haere mai, 25 – 29 o Ōketopa 2023

Our People

Festival Team

Marnie Karmelita
Creative Director

Mere Boynton
Director Ngā Toi Māori

Angela Green
Executive Director

Sasha Gibb
Head of Programming

Amy Dewes
Head of Audience and Partnerships

Paul O'Brien
Head of Technical and Production

Tama Ale Samoa
Pou Māori

Margot van de Water
Finance Business Partner

Lauren Day
Associate Producer

Arpita Dutta
Marketing Campaign Lead

Kate Larkindale
Audience and Partnerships Associate

Margie Beattie
Philanthropy Advisor

Carly Hayston
Technical Producer/Production Manager

Elizabeth Turner
Financial Accountant

Deanne Rutherford
Ringa Āwhina - Executive Coordinator

Festival Board

Sarah Kemp Chair
Her Worship, Tory Whanau, Mayor of Wellington Pakakohe, Ngā Ruahine
Charles Royal
Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi
Susan Freeman-Greene
Mele Wendt, MNZM
Allan Frost
Ben Ngaia
Te Āti Awa
Dr Nicola Ngawati Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine
Annabel McCallum
David Inns

Our Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution of our Festival Partners and Funders. Find out more about how to Become a Partner.

Our Patrons


Archibald Family
van der Boyes Family Trust
Helena and James Brow
Sir Roderick and Lady Gillian Deane


Paul and Sheryl Baines
Dame Kerry Prendergast and Rex Nichols
Dilys Grant and Annabel McCallum
Paul Ridley-Smith and Felicity Wong
Jane and Michael Hall
Geoff Dangerfield and Claire Douglas
Maurice and Kay Clark


Anna Kominik and David Cunliffe
Fay Paterson and Brett Gawn
Howard Greive and Gabrielle McKone
David Goddard and Liesle Theron
Adam and Kate Thornton
Stephen Kos and Jocelyn Afford
Nicky Saker and Mark O'Regan
Tim Brown and Gael Webster
Sarah Kemp and Matt Whimp
John Allen and Jane Pack
Sir David Gascoigne and Dame Patsy Reddy
Anonymous (1)


E Prof Les Holborow and E Prof Elizabeth McLeay
John and Rachel Ryan
Jill Shepherd
Susan Freeman-Greene and Craig Stevens
David and Heather Hutton
Gordon and Marie Shroff
Denis Clifford and Jane Meares
Kathryn Jones and David Long
Ruth and Peter Graham
Leona Wilson
Cathy Ferguson and Michiel During
Matt and Adie McClelland
Rhona Fraser and Campbell McLachlan
Jeremy Winter and Judy Francis
Peter Chemis and Jane McDiamid
Kate Parsonson
Ruth and Peter Graham
Kim Davies and Andrew Kibblewhite
Simon O’Connor and Robyn Pegden
Renata Minetto
Anonymous (1)


Robert and Dinah Dobson
Meg Williams and Ollie Bisson
Margie Beattie and John Barlow
Carole Hicks
Susan Timmins and Kerry Hollingsworth
Jane Kominik
Terry Friel and Carolyn Hooper
Rosemary Bradford and India Korner
Sharon and Tom Greally
Ann Mildenhall
Dr W Stokes and Mary Jo Taylor
Jeff and Jess Staniland
Virginia Breen
Ross Steele
Chris McGrath
Katie Chalmers and Michael Baker
Jan and Tomas Huppert
Bernadette and Mark Leadbitter
Shirley Gainsford
Hilary Patton
Mary Marshall
Marion and Paul Frater
Susie and Nigel Isaacs
Carla and John Wild
Barbara Blake
Allison and Victor Diem
Joe and Jackie Pope
Chris and Moyra Scanlon
Mike Camp and Anne Gaskell
Bronwyn Monopoli
Alan Judge and Catherine Shaw
Mike and Mazz Scannell
Ali Franks and John Bristed
Bridgit Sissons and Matt Yarnell
Annie and Chris May
Julie Elstone
Suz and Peter Hausmann
Greg Thomas and Jacquie Wilson
Sue Elliott and Craig Smith
Liz Gibbs
Jen McDonald
Jenny Morel and Alan Bollard
Chris and Kate Abbott
Verity and Rupert Mackintosh
Simon and Mary Urquhart-Hay
David Inns and Sally Woodfield
Kaine Thompson and Josh Bruderer
Elizabeth Kerr and Jane Gunn
Tim Stephens and Sarah Bartlett
Paora and Christine Ammunson
Andrew Stewart and Stephanie Dickens
Roger and Margaret Sainty
Tracey Bridges
Rachel Metson and Paul Foley
Jane Wrightson
Jane McCann and Peter Barker
Dame Carolyn Henwood
Sarah Catherall and Steve O’Connor
Angie and Charlie Georgiou
Miloś Perić
Errol and Jennifer Clark
Anonymous (9)

Launchpad Patrons

Jan Morgans
Eleonora Bello and Samuele Paolo De Stefani
Elisa Puccioni
Beth Brash
Hamish Johnstone and Penelope Louisson
Anonymous (3)