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What we do

At Arts Access Aotearoa, all of the activities and events are undertaken through five programmes.

These programmes are:

  • Te Puna Toi | Access, Inclusion and Participation
  • Manaaki Hapori | Community Engagement 
  • Te Ao Marama | Sector Advocacy and Profile
  • Toi Ara Poutama | Arts in Corrections 
  • Te Pito Whakamarama | Information Centre 

Te Puna Toi | Access, Inclusion and Participation

This programme is about supporting artists, arts organisations, companies, producers and venues to be accessible. It includes the Arts For All partnership programme with Creative New Zealand and the Companion Card initiative. 

Manaaki Hapori | Community Engagement 

This programme is about building the capacity of community-based arts organisations to deliver high-quality arts programmes for people with limited access. The key organisations we work with are creative spaces and other community organisations throughout New Zealand providing opportunities for people with limited access to participate in the arts. 

Te Ao Marama | Sector Advocacy and Profile

This programme is about raising public awareness and advocating for access to the arts for everyone in New Zealand. We do this by profiling, celebrating and advocating for the individuals, organisations and communities with whom we work. We also advocate to local and central government about the value of the arts in building strong communities and enhancing people's health and wellbeing. Every year, we present Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards in Parliament.  

Toi Ara Poutama | Arts in Corrections

This programme is about working with the Department of Corrections through our Arts in Corrections Advisory Service, and delivering information about arts activities and programmes that support the rehabilitation of prisoners and their reintegration into the community on release.

Te Pito Whakamarama | Information Centre

This programme is about providing a national information service on access to and participation in the arts. This includes advice on best practice, research, resources and opportunities.





Being me: Maisie: Wellington artist Maisie Chilton talks about her life, the power of art to heal and her career. Watch this Attitude video.

Queen of CubaDupa:
Lusi Faiva talks about dance and her Samoan culture in this video from Attitude. You can also read more about Lusi.

Kezia Bennett
Benefits of Arts in Corrections:
Read Arts Access Aotearoa's literature review of arts programmes in criminal justice settings, internationally and in New Zealand 

One to watch
: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

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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