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We welcome your interest in Arts Access Aotearoa's work. Please contact us for more information, and if you have any questions or comments. Staff contact details are listed below.

How to get in touch

Physical address: Level 3, Toi Pōneke, 61-63 Abel Smith Street, Wellington 6141

Postal address: PO Box 9828, Wellington, 6141, New Zealand

T: +64 4 802 4349


National Relay Service: choose your preferred service  and ask for Arts Access Aotearoa 04 802 4349

Office access

The office of Arts Access Aotearoa is on the third floor of Toi Pōneke Arts Centre at 61-63 Abel Smith St, Wellington.

There is a metered carpark behind the building, which may have parking. Wheelchair access is via a ramp to ground level and the reception area of Toi Pōneke. You can then take a lift or the stairs to the third floor, where we are situated.

There is an accessible toilet on the ground level. Please ask at the reception if you have any queries or you can call us on 04 802 4349. 

Staff contact details

Richard Benge, Executive Director

Richard is responsible for delivering on the strategic plan,Richard Benge, Executive Director manages the staff and volunteer team and reports to the board of trustees.  Previous roles include Cultural Affairs Specialist at the United States Embassy in Wellington; Manager of heritage icon Old St Paul’s and he was an independent events and communications specialist. After completing a  B.Ed from Victoria College Rusden (Melbourne) majoring in Drama and English Literature, Richard worked as a high school teacher and for Arts Access Victoria as an artist-in-residence in psychiatric hospitals. 

T: +64 4 802 4349

Dawa Devereux, Business Administrator

Dawa is responsible for the day-to-day running of Arts Access Aotearoa’s office, supporting the Dawa Devereux, Business AdministratorExecutive Director and Board of Trustees and delivering the fundraising programme. Prior to joining the Arts Access Aotearoa team her work has included Office Administrator and Programme Coordinator roles. Dawa has a BA in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington; she has designed and built costumes and operated the sound desk for a number of Wellington shows.

T: +64 4 802 4349

Dev Singh, Finance Manager (part-time)

Dev Singh, Finance ManagerDev is responsible for managing the finances of Arts Access Aotearoa. His role includes producing annual budgets, monthly financial results, monitoring of expenditure, payment of creditors and payroll, as well as other projects. Dev has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Victoria University of Wellington. He is a full member of the New Zealand Australia Institute of Chartered Accountants. Dev has more than 20 years’ post graduate experience in finance.

T: +64 4 802 4349

Claire Noble, Access and Participation Advisor

Claire is the first point of contact for arts venues, organisations, festivals and practitioners that plan to become more accessible and inclusive in the arts. Claire Noble, Community Development Co-ordinatorShe assists and advocates for creative spaces around New Zealand, coordinates the Arts Access Awards and the Awesome Arts Access Auction. Previous roles include Education and Community Assistant (2013); White Night Coordinator and NZ Artist Liaison) for Auckland Arts Festival (2011; Coordinator of youth theatre projects in South Auckland. After completing a BA from Victoria University in Wellington majoring in theatre, film and English literature, Claire trained as a workshop leader in the arts in Liverpool, England and co-ordinated outreach arts workshops while working in the theatre-in-education department at World Museum Liverpool. 

T: +64 4 802 4349

Jenny Hutchings, Creative Spaces Advisor

Jenny HutchingsJenny’s role is to support and connect creative spaces around New Zealand, strengthening their resilience and capability, and championing the value they bring to the people and communities they support. Jenny has extensive experience in the arts and disability sectors, including start-ups, community development and administration roles. She worked as Community Development Manager at Māpura Studios in Auckland for three years. She has an MA in Arts Management and is studying for her MA in Arts Therapy. Jenny says she is very excited to be working with creative spaces through this newly created position with Arts Access Aotearoa.

T: +64 4 802 4349

Christopher Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor

Chris UlutupuChris delivers the Arts in Corrections Advisory Service and advocates for the arts as a tool supporting prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration. He is a practising artist of Samoan, Niuean and German descent. He holds an MFA from Massey University and a Bachelor of Performance Design (Hons) from Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. He has also worked for Community Corrections in Wellington and has extensive links in the arts and Pasifika communities. He has developed solo projects with SCAPE Public Art and The Physics Room, Ōtautahi (2018), Play station, Pōneke (2017), and CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa.

T: +64 4 802 4349

Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager

Iona joined Arts Access Aotearoa as its Communications Manager in April 2008. She is a published children’s writer, a former journalist and editor. Iona McNaughton, Communications ManagerShe worked at Creative New Zealand from 1997 to 2004 where she she project managed most of their publications, as well as writing and editing them. These included a quarterly arts magazine, the annual report and strategic plans, several research reports, and a guide to marketing the arts. In early 2009, Creative New Zealand commissioned Arts For All, the guide to providing access and marketing the arts to people with disabilities. Iona project managed, co-wrote and edited this publication and its revised edition in 2014.

T: +64 4 802 4349





Arts Access Advocates



NEW BOARD MEMBER WANTED: Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking a new board member and invites expressions of interest from people with experience in either public policy, marketing, commerce and or sponsorship/ fundraising interested in joining the board of trustees. For more information

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019 logo
AWARD NOMINATIONS; Nominations to this year's Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 8 April 2019. For more information and nomination forms

Arts For All Wellington Network meeting in February
COLLECTIVE IMPACT: Working together through networks is a way to drive positive change, writes Richard Benge in his latest blog

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY ARTS: Read Richard Benge's latest blog about community arts and what the contribute to communities throughout Aotearoa.

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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