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collage of images representing Arts Access Aotearoa's workINCREASING ACCESS TO THE ARTS: Arts Access Aotearoa works in partnership with others so that all people in New Zealand can participate in the arts as creators, audience members, readers, gallery and museum visitors. 

About Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa | Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa is a leadership organisation, providing an advisory and advocacy service to people and organisations throughout New Zealand.

Our main aim is to increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation as creators, audience members, readers, gallery and museum visitors. We do this by working with people and organisations in the disability, mental health and Deaf communities. We also work with the professional arts sector to improve their access to Deaf and disabled audiences.

We are the key organisation in New Zealand advising the Department of Corrections on its arts programmes and advocating for the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitative process of prisoners.

Providing information, resources and research is an important service we provide through the Information Centre. 

Read about Arts Access Aotearoa's programmes and what we do

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


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 80a'2 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




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MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY REPORT: This link includes a useful video summarising the ten recommendations in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, and an editorial reflecting on the report and future action.

Music at MIX
CREATIVE SPACES’ RESEARCH: “As in any field – whether it’s education, criminal justice, technology, gender equality, sports, the arts – we need research to convince others and strengthen the case for more support.” Read Richard Benge’s blog

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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