When Dame Malvina established the Foundation in 1991, she reached out to her many friends and contacts throughout New Zealand to set up regional committees. The focus of these committees is on fostering local talent and supporting the development of young emerging artists in their communities. The committees organise local events to showcase young artists and raise funds to assist them to achieve their dreams.

Auckland and Waikato Committee

Formed in Auckland in 2005 with the aim of building the Foundation’s profile and raising funds, in 2018, the Committee expanded to become the Auckland and Waikato Committee.

The Committee awards the annual Alice Cole Piano Scholarship and Arts Excellence Awards for the Auckland/Waikato region.

  • James Harrison (Chair)
  • Ian Gardiner (Treasurer)
  • Susan Gaddis ONZM JP
  • Katherine Cornish
  • Peter Lord Cowell
  • David Jackson
  • Rachel Sutherland

Taranaki Committee

The Taranaki Committee actively supports the growth in the artistic development of young Taranaki performers. Alongside support and involvement from Dame Malvina, generous sponsorship from the TSB Community Trust has enabled the Committee to award more than 1,000 grants amounting to more than $1,000,000 since 2006. The support from the TSB Community Trust has been complemented by other community donations over time.

The Committee awards Arts Excellence Awards twice a year for the Taranaki region.

  • Robin Brockie (Chair)
  • Jocelyn Beath
  • Anne Bovett 
  • Steak Goodin
  • Anthony Joines
  • Kevin Murphy

Phone 021 0881 3185

PO Box 3
New Plymouth 4340

Wellington Committee

Since the Wellington Committee started in 2000 it has held several fundraising events at Government House, private homes and vineyards. Dame Malvina and her emerging artists are a great drawcard and have also featured at Ryman Healthcare Retirement Villages around the region at afternoon concerts.

The Committee gives Arts Excellence Awards for the Wellington region. Since 2010 the Committee has been able to assist some highly talented applicants across the breadth of the performing arts.

  • George Troup (Chair)
  • Jane Wright (Secretary)
  • David Brown Douglas (Treasurer)
  • Jane Aim
  • Lyn Crutchley
  • Wilbur Dovey
  • Patricia Hurley
  • Lauren Nottingham
  • Jillian Wellings
  • Samuel Williamson


PO Box 9976
Wellington 6141

Christchurch Committee

The Christchurch Committee has undertaken many projects and events since it began in 1997 and in excess of $350,000 has been distributed.

Performance showcases for young artists with Dame Malvina have included concerts at wineries, Ryman Healthcare Ngaio Marsh, Anthony Wilding and Diana Isaac Retirement Villages in Christchurch and the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village in Nelson, the International Inner Wheel Conference and the Akaroa Summer Festivals.

Major fundraising has been achieved through a variety of concerts and recitals, with a “Catch the Rising Stars” concert raising $10,000 for the Isaac Theatre Royal Trust towards restoration of the historic theatre.

The Christchurch committee acknowledges its sponsors Christchurch West Rotary Club and Ryman Healthcare.

The Committee awards annual Arts Excellence Awards and the Cecily Maccoll High Achiever Award.

  • Anna Midgley (Chair)
  • Deborah Davids (Secretary)
  • Rob Clarke (Treasurer)
  • Judy Clarke
  • Nancy Grant
  • Raemon Greenwood
  • Elizabeth Jenkins
  • Jill Kelk
  • Warwick Shillito


PO Box 2324
Christchurch 8140


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