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Collage of images from He aha ngā tāke kōrero? What's the story 2018?INCREASING 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

The purpose of Arts Access Aotearoa | Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa is to increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation as artists, performers, audience members, and gallery and museum visitors. We do this by working 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.

Arts Access Aotearoa provide a national advisory and advocacy service about access to the arts. This includes providing information, resources and research through the Information Centre. 

We advise the Department of Corrections on its arts programmes and activities, and advocate for the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitative process of prisoners and their reintegration back into the community on release.

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

Read Arts Access Aotearoa in 2018


All people in Aotearoa can access and participate in the arts.


Arts Access Aotearoa works in partnership to increase access to the arts for people in Aotearoa who experience barriers to participation.


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 2019–2021

Strategic Goal 1: Access

The arts are increasingly accessible to people throughout Aotearoa.

By 2021, Arts Access Aotearoa is working with partners so that the arts are more accessible in Aotearoa, in particular for Maori, Pasifika peoples and youth, and Auckland has a stronger community arts sector

Strategic Goal 2: Leadership

Arts Access Aotearoa builds the leadership capacity and skills of the people and organisations in the sectors we work with

By 2021, Arts Access Aotearoa is empowering the people and organisations we work with to be heard and facilitating opportunities for their leadership and engagement

Strategic Goal 3: Influence

Arts Access Aotearoa advocates for strengthened cross-government/agency policy, its implementation and sustainable investment, informed by data and evidence-based research.

By 2021, Arts Access Aotearoa is influencing policy and practice by providing advocacy and a knowledge base from which policy makers, advocates and community groups obtain evidence to inform their work. This is achieved via its online evidence hub, the promotion of new and innovative technologies, and mentoring expertise.


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.
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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.



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