Support Auckland Choral

Auckland Choral:

  • Is a choir of 120-strong mixed voices from all walks of life.
  • Has been singing for Auckland since 1855 and is the oldest arts organisation in New Zealand.


What We Do

  • Continue our tradition of performing some of the great symphonic choral works.
  • Cater for diverse audiences of Aucklanders of all ages.
  • Perform with professional orchestras and soloists.
  • Support and nurture New Zealand music and composers.

Help Make This Happen

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With Auckland Choral Society’s vision to be “a world-class choral society, providing artistically excellent performances”, we are extremely grateful to all those who have generously provided donations to the choir. With your generosity, the choir will be able to maintain performances of outstanding choral music.

We have decided to embrace our unique New Zealand birds as our way of acknowledging different levels of donation.

Kōkako — $10,000 and above

Freemasons Foundation
Rhondda Garland
Pipers Intellectual Property
John Stevenson
One generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Kokako sitting on a tree branch

The North Island kōkako is a large songbird with an extraordinary haunting song. Their sonorous, organ-like notes are sung by both male and female kōkako, frequently as duet, and typically from a high perch. Did you know? Kōkako are known to sing together from the top of tall trees, producing an extraordinary chorus sound to defend their territories.

Tūī — $5,000 - $9,999

Margaret Anderson
Elaine Gurr Endowment Trust
Dame Jenny Gibbs
David Hamilton
Simon & Carmel O’Neill
Sir William & Lady Lois Manchester Trust
Sylvia Rosevear
One generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Tui perched on a branch

These attractive birds can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies before they are spotted. One can recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat. Each bird’s complex song is slightly different, a colourful mix of musical notes and offbeat sounds. Did you know? Tūī are one of the few bird species that can imitate human speech — and even accents.

Korimako | Bellbird — $1,000 - $4,999

John Boscawen
Sandy Bulmer
Keith Guyan
Kai Valley Partnership
Heath & Liz Lees
Christine Lloyd
Traude Leibbrand
Manchester Unity Trust
Two generous donors who wishes to remain anonymous.

Bellbird sitting on a trunk

The melodious bellbird is still widespread, but mammalian predators keep their numbers low. Their song has been described as sounding “like small bells exquisitely tuned”. Did you know? A study of singing in bellbirds across 10 islands in the Hauraki Gulf showed that each population has a different song dialect, just like different dialects in the human language.

Pīwakawaka | Fantail — up to $999

Kate Birch
John Blair
Rosemarie Brown
Nicola Burton
Lorraine Casey
Dan Chen
Dee Crooks
Don Currey
K & R Deeble
Angela Dorrington
Colleen Elliott
Lisa Er
Jane Gee
Neil Hawkes
Pat Henley
Nigel High
Linda Holdaway
Sylvia Hubbard
Barbara Jackson
Eric Johnstone
Rachel Karnia
Linda Kerr
Vivienne Kerr
Olive Leddy

Yvonne Lucas
Bruce & Sandi McLean
Dr Carolyn Middleton
Alison Miller
Richard Milne
John Mitchell
Isabel Morris
Sara O’Brien
Peter Raymondo
Jocelyn Rennie-Trezise
John & Judy Robertson
Alison Ross
Peter Rowe
Rebecca Sellers
Jay Smith
Sidney Smith
Richard Sorrenson
Fiona Stewart
B Turner
Ingeborg Vanloon
Jennifer Weller
Ann Whitehouse
Aria Zhang
Six generous donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Fantail perched on a thin branch


Known for its friendly “cheet cheet” call and energetic flying antics, the fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the Aotearoa New Zealand mainland. They are often seen fluttering about, catching insects on the wing in a method called “hawking”. Did you know? They feed their chicks every 10 minutes — that’s about 100 times per day!

Text: Laura Duntsch
Photography: Stuart Attwood

Each donation can be viewed on the website and in hardcopy collateral, as appropriate, under these categories. As a donor you have the option of remaining anonymous or having your name published alongside your donation. Please let us know your preference. 

Your donation is tax deductible. You can claim donation tax credits online in a myIR account. You can find more information on

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