Support the Lilburn Residence

The generosity of our donors and funders helps the Lilburn Residence Trust ensure this historic house in Thorndon is maintained and continues to make a valuable contribution to New Zealand’s cultural life.

There are two ways you can support the Trust: 1) become a Friend of the Lilburn Residence by making an annual donation; OR 2) make a one-off donation using the link below.

Become a Friend of the Lilburn Residence (credit card or direct credit)

For an annual donation, you can become a Friend of the Lilburn Residence. Friends are given priority invitations to House events, and have their names recorded on a Donors List lodged at the House.

There are three tiers of donation:

  • DONOR — $100 annually, allows the Trust to update furniture, make small maintenance fixes and keep the house clean and dry.
  • SUPPORTER — $250 annually, allows the Trust to undertake regular work on the garden, and ensure regular inspections and remediation maintain the integrity of the property.
  • PATRON — $1,000 annually, allows the Trust to undertake substantial items of maintenance and important heritage protection work.

Pay by credit card (automatic payment)

You can begin your annual donation today, using the button below, to pay by credit card. The amount will be automatically deducted annually.

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Pay by direct bank transfer (manual payment)

Alternatively, you can send a direct bank transfer to become a Friend of the Lilburn Residence, using the details below. This can be a lump-sum payment made annually, or it could be done as a fortnightly automatic payment, using the following pro rata amounts:

Donor: $3.85 fortnightly
Supporter: $9.65 fortnightly
Patron: $38.50 fortnightly
Bank: Kiwibank
Account name: Lilburn Residence Trust
Account number: 38 9012 0839832 00

Please email your name and address so we can send a receipt.

One-off donations (credit card and direct credit)

Donate by credit card:

We gratefully receive one-off credit card payments using the following link:

Donate by direct credit:

Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation directly to the Lilburn Residence Trust bank account using the following details:

Bank: Kiwibank
Account name: Lilburn Residence Trust
Account number: 38 9012 0839832 00

Please email your name and address so we can send a receipt.

The Nikau Foundation's Lilburn Residence Support Fund

In 2022, the Nikau Foundation established the Lilburn Residence Support Fund with the aim of providing long-term support for the composer residency at the Lilburn House. This is an endowment fund particularly suitable for major gifts and bequests that have the sustainability of the residency at the Lilburn House in mind. Each year, the Nikau Foundation makes income from the Lilburn Residence Support Fund available to the Trust to assist with projects such as improvements to the property, rent reductions for the composer-in-residence, musical performances associated with the residency. (The capital remains untouched and it is our hope that, over the years, it will grow to the point where the income can provide substantial support for the work of the Trust.)

Acknowledging your donation

The Lilburn Residence Trust is a charitable trust registered under the Charitites Act 2005 (CC11020) and has been granted donee status by Inland Revenue. All donations of $5 or more are tax deductible. We will send you a receipt for your donation.

Events at the house include garden parties and concerts.

From time to time we also acknowledge our donors by inviting them to our events.

Other ways to support us

Buy and listen to music by Douglas Lilburn and other New Zealand composers. The SOUNZ website is a great place to explore music by New Zealand composers.

From time to time, we undertake special projects to assist our fundraising. You could buy the book we have published of Lilburn's two talks, A Search for Tradition & A Search for a Language. This makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in art, music or New Zealand culture. Find out more and order.

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Our funders

Wellington City Council logoThe Lilburn Residence Trust is extremely grateful to receive annual funding from Wellington City Council which contributes towards the cost of rates and insurance. We have also received special project funding from: New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Environment and Heritage Fund, the New Zealand Community Trust, Wellington City Council Built Heritage Incentive Fund, the Lilburn Trust and the Stout Trust. In 2014 we received a grant from the Lottery Grants Board to develop a conservation plan for the house.