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 upper north island.

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

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 Toi Foundation (formerly 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
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Lisa Rangi

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 young artists supported by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation are a great drawcard and have also featured at Ryman Healthcare Retirement Villages around the region at afternoon concerts.

The Committee awards Arts Excellence Awards for the lower north island, assisting some highly talented applicants across the performing arts.

  • Karyn Andreassend (Chair)
  • Jane Wright (Secretary)
  • David Brown Douglas (Treasurer)
  • Jane Aim
  • Patricia Hurley
  • Niels Jonker
  • Wade Kernot
  • Lauren Nottingham
  • Jillian Wellings


PO Box 9976
Wellington 6141

Christchurch Committee

The Christchurch Committee has undertaken many projects and events since it began in 1997 and raised and distributed many hundreds of thousands of dollars to young artists.

Performance showcases have included concerts at wineries, Ryman Healthcare Retirement Villages throughout the South Island, the Akaroa Summer Festival, the International Inner Wheel Conference at the Town Hall and showcases at the long running DMMF Golf Tournament at Terrace Downs Resort. The committee has also funded the Christchurch DMMF Aria Competition.

Following the 2011 earthquake the committee hosted the Pacific Opera Programme in Christchurch. They also raised $10,000 with their concert ‘Catch the Rising Stars’ towards the restoration of The Isaac Theatre Royal.

We thank the many sponsors who have supported our work in the past 25 years.

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

  • Warwick Shillito (Chair)
  • Lorraine Macdonald (Treasurer)
  • Deborah Davids (Secretary)
  • Raemon Greenwood
  • Elizabeth Jenkins
  • Anna Maksymova
  • Alexandra [Anna] Midgley QSM
  • Amanda Winfield Atlas


PO Box 2324
Christchurch 8140


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