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Funders and supporters

Arts Access Aotearoa works with individuals and organisations to achieve its objectives. We acknowledge and value the commitment of all our funders, partners and supporters listed on this page.

­ Arts Access Aotearoa is a registered charitable trust (CC33533) and you can claim a tax credit on any donation of $5 or more. If you would like to help us ensure all people in New Zealand have access to the arts, you can be sure we will use your tax deductible donation wisely.

On this page, we describe some of ways you can support our services and projects. You may also wish to talk to Richard Benge, Executive Director (E: T: 04 802 4349).

Core funder

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoArts Access Aotearoa receives core funding from Creative New Zealand under its Toi Totara Haemata investment programme.

Major contract

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logoArts Access Aotearoa has a contract with the Department of Corrections to support and advise on the arts as a tool in the rehabilitation process of prisoners.

Local government

Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council logoWellington City Council supports us to deliver access to the arts in Wellington City, including the Arts For All Wellington Network.


Foundation North logo

Foundation North
Thomas George Macarthy Trust
Wellington Community Trust
Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust
The NFD Trust
The Pelorus Trust
Rehabilitation Welfare Trust
The Lion Foundation

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019 sponsors

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoCreative New Zealand is sponsoring the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2019 and the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award 2019. 

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logo

The Department of Corrections is sponsoring the Arts Access Corrections Māui Tikitiki a Taranga Award 2019 and the Arts Access Corrections Whai Tikanga Award 2019.

PAK'nSAVE Petone and Hutt City

PAK'nSAVE logoPAK'nSAVE Petone and Hutt City is sponsoring the Arts Access PAK'nSAVE Artistic Achievement Award 2019.

Holdsworth Charitable Trust

Holdsworth logoThe Holdsworth Charitable Trust is sponsoring the Arts Access Holdsworth Creative Space Award 2019.

Legal services

Chapman Tripp logo

Chapman Tripp


We are grateful to the following organisations for their ongoing support of Arts Access Aotearoa and its work:






Arts Access Advocates



THIS IS ART / HE MAHI TOI TĒNEI: The ‘This is Art / He mahi toi tēnei’ tee is proudly created in collaboration by NopeSisters and Silo Theatre, to help increase the visibility and value of our arts and our artists in Aotearoa. 25% of the profits of every shirt will be donated to Arts Access Aotearoa! Get yours at the NopeSisters online store:  NopeSisters Store - This is Art / He mahi toi tēnei

Arts Access Aotearoa logoBOARD OF TRUSTEES: Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking two new board members. Formal governance experience is desirable but not essential. Is this for you? The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm Monday 31 August 2020. For more info 

Jase SmithymanMEET JASE: Aucklander Jase Smithyman isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. “Nothing can keep me down,” says the Depot Artspace’s first Disability Advocate. Read more

AUTISM STEREOTYPES: Wellington writer L.J. Ritchie has been frustrated at the portrayal of autistic characters in books since he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2002. Read more

ONE TO WATCH: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Bronwyn Haines and Henrietta Bollinger outside ParliamentVALUE OF CREATIVE SPACES: A report presenting key findings from a survey of creative spaces aims to provide key decision-makers and agencies with more information about the sector. Read the report 

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2016 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops.

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