A report on how New Zealand's orchestras are funded may see small towns miss out on performances.
The review commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage recommends a new model for defining the size and locality of an orchestra to avoid timetable and programme clashes.
It recommends that the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform in towns with populations over 50,000 people.
The director of the Oamaru Opera Theatre says it is important to have performances in the regions to promote New Zealand culture.
Megan Peacock-Coyle says the theatre already hosts plenty of international acts.