The annual Wellington Jazz Festival is the highlight of Aotearoa’s mid-winter music calendar, featuring some of the finest musicians from across New Zealand and around the globe.

Jazz aficionados and intrepid newcomers can explore more than 100 gigs across the city, with five days of serious play bringing the sounds and spirit of jazz to the capital’s streets, cafes, bars and live music venues.

Our People

Festival Team

Marnie Karmelita
Creative Director

Meg Williams
Executive Director

Eva Prowse
Senior Producer

Suzy Cain
Team Experience and Executive Coordinator

Leanne Greenwood
Head of Business Services

Sol Crawford
Head of Marketing and Story

Brianne Kerr
Marketing and Communications Manager (acting)

Ben Emerson
Marketing Coordinator

Amy Dewes
Head of Audience and Partnerships

Angela Green
Head of Programming

Jillian Davey
Audience Services Manager

Sasha Gibb

Margie Beattie
Philanthropy Advisor

Nigel Macintyre
Assistant Accountant

Paul O'Brien
Head of Technical and Production

Lia Forrest
Operations Coordinator

Tānemahuta Gray
Kairautaki Māori

Festival Board

Geoff Dangerfield
Executive Chair

Matt Bale

Les Foy

Charles Royal Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi

Arthur Grimes

Elizabeth Kerr MNZM

Justin Lester

Anna Kominik

Susan Freeman-Greene

Wayne Mulligan Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Maniapoto

Our Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution of our 2019 Festival Partners and Funders. Find out more about how to Become a Partner.