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 Opera House in Wellington, as well as four new commissions from Aotearoa New Zealand artists thanks to Creative New Zealand.

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

Meg Williams
Executive Director

Angela Green
Head of Programming (Deputy Executive Director)

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

Sasha Gibb
Senior Producer

Lauren Day
Associate Producer

Arpita Dutta
Marketing Campaign Lead

Kate Larkindale
Audience and Partnerships Associate

Margie Beattie
Philanthropy Advisor

Alasdair Watson
Production Manager

Shannon Brosnahan Inglis
Production Manager

Elizabeth Turner
Finance Manager

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

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
Richard Stone and Dennis Roberts
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


David Goddard and Liesel Theron
Anna Kominik and David Cunliffe
Matt Whimp and Sarah Kemp
Nicola Saker and Mark O’Regan
Paul Ridley-Smith and Felicity Wong
Jane and Michael Hall
Geoff Dangerfield and Claire Douglas
Tim Brown and Gael Webster
John Allen and Janie Pack
Stephen Kos and Jocelyn Afford
Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne
Howard Greive and Gabrielle McKone
Fay Paterson and Brett Gawn
Kate and Adam Thornton
Gill Newland and Richard Abbott


Lynn and Murray King
E Professor Les Holborow and E Prof Elizabeth McLeay
Tim Stephens and Sarah Bartlett
Gordon and Marie Shroff
John and Rachel Ryan
Jill Shepherd
Peter Chemis and Jane McDiamid
Leona Wilson
Matt and Adie McClelland
David and Heather Hutton
Ruth and Peter Graham
Kate Parsonson
Susan Freeman-Greene and Craig Stevens
Jane Meares and Denis Clifford
Kathy Jones and David Long
Campbell McLachlan and Rhona Fraser
Jeremy Winter and Judy Francis
Cathy Ferguson and Michiel During
Kim Davies and Andrew Kibblewhite
Denis Clifford and Jane Meares
Rhona Fraser and Campbell McLachlan


Virginia Breen
Chris McGrath
Mary Marshall
Allison and Victor Diem
Chris and Moyra Scanlon
Bronwyn Monopoli
Susan and Nigel Isaacs
Katie Chalmers and Michael Baker
Jackie and Joe Pope
Bronte Morris and Fiona Allen
Renata Minetto
Tom and Jan Huppert
Mike and Mazz Scannell
Margaret and Roger Sainty
Barbara Blake
Hilary Patton and Shirley Gainsford
Marion and Paul Frater
Errol and Jennifer Clark
Alison Franks and John Bristed
Bernadette and Mark Leadbitter
Sharon and Tom Greally
Carole Hicks
Michael and Kristin Gibson
Jane Kominik
Mike Camp and Anne Gaskell
Dr W Stokes and Mrs Mary Jo Taylor
Justin and Liz Lester
Judy Salmond
Rachel Metson and Paul Foley
Meg Williams and Olly Bisson
Margie Beattie and John Barlow
Carolyn Hooper and Terry Friel
Susan Timmins and Kerry Hollingsworth
Dame Fran Wilde
Ann Mildenhall
Rosemary Bradford and India Korner
Jeff and Jess Staniland
Carolyn Henwood
Anne Rice and Greg Kelly
Alan Judge and Catherine Shaw
Bridgit Sissons and Matt Yarnell
Julie Elstone
Suz and Peter Hausmann
Sue Elliott and Craig Smith
Greg Thomas and Jacquie Wilson
Ruth Lavelle-Treacy
Ross Steele
Carla and John Wild
Anne Shaw
Annie and Chris May
Liz Gibbs
Jen McDonald
Jenny Morel and Alan Bollard
Chris and Kate Abbott
Verity and Rupert Mackintosh

Launchpad Patrons

Jan Morgans
Elisa Puccioni
Beth Brash

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