City Shaper

Formerly Wellington Waterfront Limited, City Shaper has been a strong partner and supporter of the work of the Trust in particular partnering us with the permanent works along the waterfront: Water WhirlerNga Kina, and also providing ongoing support for our temporary installation: The Four Plinths Project.

City Shaper have not only supported us with assistance during planning and consent phases, access to utilities during the construction phase with the permanent works, but also been a financial supporter for the Four Plinths Project

For the past two years we are very grateful for the office space they have provided us at minimal cost.  

Wellington City Council

We have particularly special relationship with the Wellington City Council that has been built up over years through mutual trust and the palpable difference the Trust has made to the city.

The Mayors have taken a particular interest in our activities and we are enormously grateful for the support we have received from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Kerry Prendergast the previous Mayor.  We have a close working relationship with Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer the Chair of the Council Arts Committee as well as council officers in the Urban Design Unit and the Public Arts area. These officers work closely with us during the commissioning phase and are signatories to the contracts that we sign with our artists.

In more recent years we have received a grant from the Public Arts Panel ($35,000 - $5000 contribution to our administration costs and $30,000 to go towards public works of art).

We have a self-imposed ceiling of keeping public funding of each of our sculptures to 20% of the value, unless we are specifically partnering with the Council as we have with Woman of Words and Walk the Line.

On final completion of our works and following a set defects liability period, the ownership of all our sculptures are handed over to Council and it assumes responsibility for the ongoing repairs and maintenance. In this regard we work closely with the Parks, Sport and Recreation unit. 

Arts Advisors

The Trust has a panel of arts professionals who assist in our selection processes. The panel currently comprises arts practitioners, the director of the City Gallery, curators and an architect. Urban design and public safety advice is provided by the Wellington City Council’s liaison officer.

Our current Arts Advisors are:

Gerald Parsonson (Architect, Parsonson Architects)

Elizabeth Thomson (Artist)

Reuben Friend (Director, Pātaka)

Charlotte Davy (Senior Curator, Te Papa Tongarewa)


The Trust also has honorary advisers separate from its arts advisers to broaden its resources. These people have expertise in fields such as engineering, financial management and law. All our advisers are listed in the Directory.


We have also been assisted along the way and for various projects by sponsors including: Meridian Energy for the Meridian Energy Wind Sculptures along Cobham Drive, TOWER Group Ltd with assistance in the funding for the Lambton Quay sculptures, Creative New Zealand, the Wellington Community Trust, and many other sponsors, donors and members who have helped us deliver the sculptures that now make up our walks. 


Our current Business partners are:

Kendons Chartered Accountants






Vice Regal Patron
Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor General of New Zealand

Distinguished Life Member
Margaret, Lady Trotter

Honorary Financial Advisor 
Pat Sheehan (Director, Kendons Chartered Accountants)

Honorary Auditor 
John D. Cook
(Young & Associates Ltd)

Honorary Engineering Advisor 
Ray Patton 
(Director, Clendon Burns and Park Ltd)

Honorary Legal Advisor 
The Hon Justice Helen Cull

Wellington City Council Liaison 
Natasa Petkoviç-Jeremiç
(Manager City Arts)

Trudy Whitlow, Emily Alleyway
(Urban Design)