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Introducing Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa | Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa advocates for people in New Zealand who experience barriers to participation in the arts as creators, audience members, readers, and gallery and museum visitors.

Cover of What's the story? 2017Key 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.  

Read Arts Access Aotearoa in 2017.


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.

Strategic goals 
Arts Access Aotearoa's strategic goals 2016-2018















WORD document logo Arts Access Aotearoa's strategic goals 2016-2018


At Arts Access Aotearoa, all of our activities and events are undertaken through our five programmes:

  • Access, Inclusion and Participation
  • Community Engagement
  • Advocacy and Profile
  • Information Centre
  • Arts in Corrections

Read about Arts Access Aotearoa's programmes.


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 ( 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.

Contact us

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.


Arts Access Advocates



Wellington's Cuba StRE-INTEGRATION CHALLENGES: “There are some wide-ranging assumptions that ‘the community’ will take care of vulnerable people and that ‘they’ will take up what is available. Like, ‘There are services, aren’t there?’” Read Richard Benge’s latest blog

Affordable art at the Awesome Arts Acces Auction

AFFORDABLE ART: Where can people buy affordable, vibrant and high-quality art these days? Fortunately, there are community-based art spaces, called creative spaces, throughout New Zealand where people are making interesting, accessible and affordable art. Read Richard Benge’s blog about upcoming auctions and exhibitions

Vincents Art Workshop
Creative spaces provide support and opportunities to make art for people, often with limited opportunities to do so. Read about the history of these spaces, which date back to 1985 when Vincents Art Workshop was founded in downtown Wellington.  

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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