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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embraces a woman outside the mosque  in Kilbirnie, WellingtonJOINING TOGETHER; Arts Access Aotearoa joins with all people of Aotearoa and around the world who are dealing with the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack. There are many challenges to face as a nation, in local communities, in families and individually. We have always recognised the importance of diverse cultures being able to express themselves creatively in safe, inclusive ways. We commit again to working with others to ensure an inclusive society. Kia kaha, Ōtautahi. Ways to help or receive help can be found in this SpinOff article

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Duets celebrate diversity and dance

18 March 2019
.I’mPaired, a production of integrated theatre and dance duets devised and performed by integrated dance company Touch Compass, will premiere from 21 to 23 March at Takapuna’s PumpHouse Theatre in Auckland. I’mPaired uses dance, theatre, visual arts and technology to flip the perception of impairment on its head and celebrate our diverse society. Read more

On Display at Dunedin Fringe Festival

8 March 2019
On Display posterDunedin’s GASP! Dance Collective will perform On Display from 29 to 31 March during the 2019 Dunedin Fringe Festival. Choreographer Miriam Marler says GASP! is aiming to attract 15-20 participants for each performance and hopes the audience will get involved too. On Display was first choreographed by Heidi Latsky Dance in New York and is now performed around the world, including in New Zealand under the umbrella of Touch Compass. Read more

Kapa haka roopu prepare for regionals

19 February 2019
A performer in Te Anga Pāua o Aotearoa National Kapa Haka Festival 2018Kapa haka groups around New Zealand are preparing for regional festivals this year in the lead-up to next year’s Te Anga Pāua o Aotearoa National Kapa Haka Festival. Run by the IDEA Services arm of IHC, the festival is for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more 

“The arts are carriers of hope”

26 February 2019
Mark Lynds and Peter O'Connor“The arts are as vital in prisons as they are everywhere else in our society because the arts are carriers of hope,” says Peter O’Connor, a member of the Arts in Corrections Network and Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. “International evidence is crystal clear on the impact of the arts in prisons and youth justice settings." Read more

Documentary theatre a tool to record prisoners’ voices

26 February 2019
Rand Hazou, David Diamond and Derek GordonInterest from men in Auckland Prison to share their stories on stage has prompted a documentary theatre project, to be developed over the next few months. The man leading the project is Dr Rand Hazou, a lecturer in theatre at Massey University on the North Shore. He’s been facilitating theatre workshops and performances at Auckland Prison since 2016. Read more 

Maggie Gresson at the Toi Ora helm

13 February 2019
Maggie GressonAfter nearly 20 years as Executive Director of Artists Alliance, Maggie Gresson has taken up a six-month contract as Director of Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a creative space in Grey Lynn, Auckland and part of a national network aligned to Arts Access Aotearoa. Maggie has just completed an eight-year term as a board member of Toi Ora. Arts Access Aotearoa asked Maggie four questions about her new role. Read more

Comedy about living with low vision

February 2019
John DaviesAuckland comedian Josh Davies, who is blind, will debut his solo show, Look! I’m Blind!, from 5 to 9 March at the New Zealand Fringe. Josh will perform at Wellington’s Cavern Club, which is not wheelchair accessible, but Josh says anyone with mobility issues should get in touch with him and he will find a way to get them in. Read more









Arts Access Advocates



NEW BOARD MEMBER WANTED: Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking a new board member and invites expressions of interest from people with experience in either public policy, marketing, commerce and or sponsorship/ fundraising interested in joining the board of trustees. For more information

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019 logo
AWARD NOMINATIONS; Nominations to this year's Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 8 April 2019. For more information and nomination forms

Chris Ulutupu and Richard Benge
MEET CHRIS ULUTUPU: Read Richard Benge's blog about our new Arts in Corrections Advisor, the Arts in Corrections Network and nominations to Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019.

WIDance on International Dance Day
BELONGING TO WIDANCE: "In WIDance, it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. The focus is on what you can do, not what you can’t," blogs Kezia Bennett

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY ARTS: Read Richard Benge's latest blog about community arts and what the contribute to communities throughout Aotearoa.

wheelchair user and companion
CALL FOR COMPANION CARD SCHEME: "Every country should have a companion card system," says an Australian visitor whose son is disabled. Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa, joins the discussion on NewstalkZB

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS: "One little word when it comes to the arts is so valuable and important to me - access." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the opening address at Creative New Zealand’s conference, Nui Te Korero, in May 2018. Watch the video 

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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