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Our funders and supporters

Arts Access Aotearoa works with individuals and organisations to achieve its objectives. We acknowledge and value the commitment of all our funders, partners and supporters listed on this page.

­ Arts Access Aotearoa is a registered charitable trust (CC33533) and you can claim a tax credit on any donation of $5 or more. If you would like to help us ensure all people in New Zealand have access to the arts, you can be sure we will use your tax deductible donation wisely.

On this page, we describe some of ways you can support our services and projects. You may also wish to talk to Richard Benge, Executive Director (E: T: 04 802 4349).

Core funder

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoArts Access Aotearoa receives core funding from Creative New Zealand under its Toi Totara Haemata investment programme.

Major contract

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logoArts Access Aotearoa has a contract with the Department of Corrections to support and advise on the arts as a tool in the rehabilitation process of prisoners.

Local government

Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council logoWellington City Council supports us to deliver access to the arts in Wellington City, including the Arts For All Wellington Network.


Foundation North logo

Foundation North
Thomas George Macarthy Trust
Wellington Community Trust
Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018 sponsors

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand logoCreative New Zealand is sponsoring the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2018 and the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Media Award 2018. 

Department of Corrections

Department of Corrections logo

The Department of Corrections is sponsoring the Arts Access Corrections Māui Tikitiki a Taranga Award 2018 and the Arts Access Corrections Whai Tikanga Award 2018.

Te Auaha 

Te Auaha logoTe Auaha is sponsoring the Arts Access Te Auaha Community Partnership Award 2018.

PAK'nSAVE Petone and Hutt City

PAK'nSAVE logoPAK'nSAVE Petone and Hutt City is sponsoring the Arts Access PAK'nSAVE Artistic Achievement Award 2018

Holdsworth Charitable Trust

Holdsworth logoThe Holdsworth Charitable Trust is sponsoring the Arts Access Holdsworth Creative Space Award 2018.

Awesome Arts Access Auction 2018

Event partner

Te Auaha

Te Auaha logoTe Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity is a vital partner in this annual fundraising event. 

Legal services

Chapman Tripp logo

Chapman Tripp


We are grateful to the following organisations for their ongoing support of Arts Access Aotearoa and its work:







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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