News & Events

News & Events

The Royal New Zealand Ballet Foundation holds events around New Zealand. Please sign up to our eNewsletter to be the first to hear of our upcoming activity, and to receive news about our grants and other projects we are working on.

Inaugural Wellington En Pointe Patron Cocktail Party

Event 31 March 2022 – A very generous $23,700 was raised at the inaugural Wellington En Pointe Patrons’ Cocktail Party to support the refurbishment of the dancers’ changing rooms, showers and well-being area at the St James Theatre.

Auckland En Pointe Patron Cocktail Party

Event 2 March 2022 – A very generous $42,000 was raised for 2022 RNZB projects including Musical Moves dance workshops with live musicians and Ballet in a Box performances.

The Firebird, Schools’ Performance

News August 2021 – Thanks to the generosity of Auckland En Pointe Patron Andy Coster, hundreds of students from a diverse range of schools attended a dedicated schools’ performance of The Firebird.

Wanaka Dinner

Event 11 April 2021 -The Foundation were thrilled to recently hold a private dinner in Wanaka to celebrate the Royal New Zealand Ballet being in town.

Royal name for the Foundation

News March 2021 – “What’s in a name? That which we call a Royal by any other name would smell as sweet;”

Connect event photo


Event 1 November 2020 – an exhibition of photos by Ballet Foundation Trustee Louise Binns raises over $60,000.

New Scholarship

News December 2020 – the Foundation is thrilled to announce that it will fund a new Scholarship at the RNZB.

South Island Ballet Awards

News December 2020 – Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, the Foundation gave the Christchurch Ballet Society a $4,000 donation.

En Pointe Patrons launch

News November 2019 – A dedicated group of ballet supporters have banded together in Auckland.

Wellington on a Plate

Event 2 August 2019 – the Foundation and Logan Brown collaborate for Visa Wellington On a Plate Festival.

Welcoming Dame Trelise Cooper

News March 2019 – Dame Trelise Cooper announced as Ballet Foundation Ambassador at an event in Nelson.

Madam Woo fundraiser - guests enjoy a drink before supper

Madam Woo

Event 15 November 2018 – Trustee Victoria Muir hosted a fundraising dinner at Madam Woo in Dunedin.

A Celebration of Ballet

Event 12 May 2018 – the Governor General hosted the Ballet Foundation at a reception at Government House in Wellington.

Ballet in the Garden

Event 28 February 2018 – Rosie and Mark Dunphy host a performance and auction at their Auckland home, raising $120,000 for ballet in New Zealand.

St Matthews in the City

Event 7 March 2017 – Prime Minister Bill English encourages guests to support the future of ballet in New Zealand.

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Principal Sara Garbowski (centre) as the Lilac Fairy, with fellow RNZB dancers, in The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Sleeping Beauty, 2020. Photo: Stephen A’Court.