The Cornerstone Programme

The Arts Centre Cornerstone Programme has been established to recognise those donors who have made major gifts and notified legacies to Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, whose generosity and financial leadership sets a standard among supporters of the arts, culture and education. Their investment ensures the future of arts and culture in the heart of the city.

This programme provides long-term recognition for major supporters and expresses gratitude for their loyalty and commitment through a range of unique benefits.

A valued group of generous donors has been making significant and regular gifts to The Arts Centre over the past few years. The Arts Centre has also been named as a notified beneficiary in several future bequests. This group is considered the founding members of the Cornerstone Programme, and see and understand the vital difference that they are making.

You are encouraged to join this visionary group in ensuring that The Arts Centre restoration is fully funded, guaranteeing that it returns to being a vibrant hub by 2022.

“In building terms, a cornerstone is the first stone set in place in a foundation.
All other stones are set in reference to and supported by this stone.”

Membership Benefits

Members of the Cornerstone Programme receive the following benefits, based upon the level of support gifted, including:

  • Recognition on the Cornerstone Members board prominently displayed at The Arts Centre
  • Sponsorship of a specific decorative stone carving feature in one of The Arts Centre buildings, which is uniquely affiliated to you
  • Opportunity for recognition at fundraising activities/events
  • Individual thanks in the Annual Report and on The Arts Centre web site
  • Special invitations to events, public and private dinner with the Trust Board Chair and CEO
  • Private tours of The Arts Centre for members plus your family and friends
  • A unique piece of decorative limestone carving for your home or office

Support Levels

Membership of the Cornerstone Programme is automatic to those who gift $5,000 or more to The Arts Centre or leave a legacy in their will to The Arts Centre. Levels of membership vary and are incremental over time, based upon the level of support received:

Diamond Supporter In excess of $100,000
Platinum Supporter $50,001 to $100,000
Gold Supporter $25,001 to $50,000
Silver Supporter $10,001 to $25,000
Bronze Supporter $5,001 to $10,000
Supporter $5,000

Support is welcomed from both individual and corporate supporters.  Payments can be made by installment if preferred.


Platinum Supporters

The late Dorothy Maclean

Robert and Barbara Stewart Charitable Trust

Gold Supporters The late Boris, Wira and Wasyl Bereza
Kathy Brown and Mark Wilson
Jen Crawford and Andy Mathers
Silver Supporters Charles Fleischmann and Carol Caldwell
Peter and Deirdre Cottrell
Drummond Inheritance Trust
In honour of Bill and Debbie Lipner
Robin and Annette Mann
Sally Page
Bronze Supporters Margaret Austin
Paddy and Gayle Cotter
Susan Doig
Virginia Nelson
Dr Sue Nightingale and Dr Stuart Wise
James Stringer
Supporters Martin Hadlee
Henshaw Developments Trust
Monica Ryan
Dr Ian and Dr Lynne Lochhead

Become part of the Cornerstone Programme

The Arts Centre is seeking your support as one of the members of our Cornerstone Programme. Your gift or legacy will ensure generations of New Zealanders and visitors to our city can enjoy everything The Arts Centre has to offer – now and into the future.

You can help make a difference today

Join a like-minded group of patrons of the arts, culture and heritage, and enjoy the very special benefits of the Cornerstone Programme.

Click here to make a donation to the Cornerstone Programme 

For more information on the Cornerstone Programme, or to discuss how you can support The Arts Centre, please contact our Fundraising Manager:

03 366 0989

Fundraising Manager

Fundraising Manager
PO Box 845
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand