The Ministry manages the Crown relationship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, administering its funding and Board appointments, monitoring its reporting and performance measures.
Tel (04) 801 3890 and 0800 479 674
Postal Address - PO Box 6640, Wellington 6141
Board Membership (expiry term in brackets*):
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board must consist of not fewer than five members and not more than eight members.
Ainsley Walter – Chair (June 2025)
Wilma Smith (May 2025)
Edwin Read (May 2025)
Carmel Walsh (July 2023)
Hon Chris Finlayson QC (June 2024)
Claire Szabó (June 2024)
*Members are subject to a rollover of their term under section 32 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra website
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004
Crown Entities Amendment Act 2004 (with amendments)
Ministry for Culture and Heritage annual reports
Ministry for Culture and Heritage agency boards and nominations
Updated on 30th March 2023