Support WORD


We Need Your Support

WORD Christchurch is a charitable trust and relies on a huge amount of support to bring outstanding events to the community and to keep ticket prices affordable. We love what we do, and we’d love to give you the opportunity to help.

By supporting WORD you are part of the WORD Christchurch team and can enjoy the buzz of helping to stage events that make Christchurch a dynamic place to live.

Make a Donation

Every little bit helps! We welcome one-off or ongoing donations. All of our contributors get to have a say in the festival, and receive special newsletters that go deep into what the world of literature has to offer.

To make a tax-deductible one-off or monthly donation, please fill in the donation box.

Become a Patron or Supporter

If you would like to deepen your relationship with WORD Christchurch, please consider becoming a patron or supporter. 

Patrons and supporters help us to:

* Support and nurture writers, local communities and local businesses

* Bring free and affordable family events to the city

* Offer free events for schools across Canterbury that foster a love of books, ideas and performance in young people

* Provide a platform to discuss urgent global issues, and help create a kinder, more well-informed community

In addition, those who sign up as patrons also enjoy a range of benefits including invitations to exclusive launches and discounted tickets to events with different levels to suit a range of wallets.

Payment Options

To become a patron or supporter:

Credit Card: Click on the donation box and enter the Membership Level amount on the Custom Amount field and proceed with checkout.

Internet Banking: Click on the sign up as a supporter button, fill in the form and pay by internet banking (WORD Christchurch bank details are on the form).


For more information, please email Paula Granger on 

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Corporate Patrons 2021

Pene Whitty, UBS Canterbury

Madeleine Hawkesby, Hawkesby & Co

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

Gold Patrons 2021

Jane Higgins & Paul Dalziel

Joanna Orwin

Ulli Schwertheim

Kate & Richard Burtt

Camille Hemlock

Rachel Donaldson

Murray & Sue Jones

Ros Burdon

Patrons 2021

Susan Henson & Thomas Young

Dame Adrienne Stewart

Bill Luff & Monica Hunter

Krissy & Mark Christensen

Catherine & David Boyer

Anna Rogers

Vicki & Bob Blyth

Margie & Tony Sewell

Philip Matthews

Jarrod Gilbert

Pam Sharpe

Naomi van den Broek

Jan Wright

Christine Fitzgerald

Supporters 2021

Fiona Farrell

Charlotte Gray

Jill Rawnsley

Moata Tamaira

Marianne Elliott

Tim & Gillie Deans

Carol Bartle

Brian Phillips

David Elworthy & Ros Henry

Olivia Egerton

Annabel Holland

Jenny May

Renee Rowlands, Twizel Bookstore

Quentin Wilson Publishing

Vic Tutton

Geoff Connell

Matthew Turner

Lyn McKinnon

Chloe Sutherland

Mandy Nelson

Erik Kennedy

Bill Blair

Anna Scaife

Stacey Naish

Kaila Colbin

Francesca Davies

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