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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra  - Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa

Since being established in 1946, the orchestra has undertaken a range of activities including education programmes, accompanying opera, ballet and festival productions, commercial recording, broadcasts, international touring and film scores.

The Ministry manages the orchestra's relationship with the Crown and administers its government funding.

Organisation Details

  • Chair – Donald Best
  • Chief Executive – Christopher Blake

Contact Details

  • nzso@nzso.co.nz
  • Tel (04) 801 3890 and 0800 479 674
  • Postal Address - PO Box 6640, Wellington 6141

All members of the board are appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.  The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board must consist of not fewer than five members and not more than eight members.

Board Membership (expiry term in brackets):

  • Donald Best – Chair (Aug 2018)
  • Dame Bronwen Holdsworth (Aug 2018)
  • Peter Biggs (Aug 2018)
  • Paul McArthur (July 2019)
  • Clare Murray (July 2018)
  • Daniel Wong (July 2019)
  • Laurence Kubiak (May 2020)

Related links

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Annual Report 2016

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Statement of Performance Expectations 2017

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra website

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004

Crown Entities Amendment Act 2004 (with amendments)

70 years of music with the NZSO in 2017


Updated on 1st August 2017