Introducing Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts Access Aotearoa | Whakahauhau Katoa o Hanga advocates for people in New Zealand who experience barriers to participation in the arts, as both creators and audience members.
Key stakeholders are people with physical, sensory or intellectual impairments; individuals and organisations in the community and professional arts sectors; and people with lived experience of mental ill-health. We are also the key organisation in New Zealand facilitating the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitative process of prisoners.
Arts Access Aotearoa's office is situated in Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Centre, Level 3, 61–63 Abel Smith Street. We welcome your interest and feedback.
All people in New Zealand are able to participate in the arts.
Arts Access Aotearoa advocates for all people in New Zealand to have access to the arts by supporting people who experience barriers to participation or whose access is limited.
Arts Access Aotearoa provides its service believing in these values:
- Accessibility and inclusion in the arts, respect and kindness in our undertakings for and with all people
- Arts Access Aotearoa recognises the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to our kaupapa, with due regard for its articles and principles.
This recognition is reflected in the following values that will underpin our work:
- Mōhiotanga - seeking understanding and awareness
- Rangatiratanga – respecting the mana of others
- Whanaungatanga – appreciating the value of relationships and partnerships
- Kotahitanga – working in harmony to achieve common purpose and shared vision
- Kaitiakitanga – service to others and nurturing leadership within others.
At Arts Access Aotearoa, all of our activities and events are undertaken through our five programmes:
- Access and Participation
- Community Development
- Advocacy and Profile
- Information Centre
- Arts in Corrections
Arts Access Aotearoa works in partnership with individuals and organisations to achieve its objectives. We acknowledge and value the support of all our partners and supporters. If you would like to support our work, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us (E:firstname.lastname@example.org T: 04 802 4349).
Read about Arts Access Aotearoa's funders and supporters.
Staff and trustees
Arts Access Aotearoa is governed by a board of trustees. Richard Benge is the Executive Director.
Read about our staff and trustees.
We welcome your interest in our work. Please contact us for more information.
If you want to find out about Arts Access Aotearoa's activities or how we may be able to work with you, our FAQs may answer your questions. If you have any queries, please send us your question.