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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

The Ministry manages the Crown relationship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, administering its funding and Board appointments, monitoring its reporting and performance measures.

Contact Details

[email protected]

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)

Carmel Walsh - Deputy Chair (April 2026)

Wilma Smith (May 2025)

Edwin Read (May 2025)

Hon Chris Finlayson KC (June 2024)

Claire Szabó (June 2024)

Kaine Thompson (April 2026)

*Members are subject to a rollover of their term under section 32 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.

Related links

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 15th August 2023