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Circability Management Team 

The Circability Trust was formed in July 2012 as a Charitable Trust by Directors Frances Kelliher and Thomas Hinz. They have a combined 30 years experience delivering social circus in New Zealand and Germany.  

Frances and Thomas founded the award winning Circus Kumarani in Northland in 2003. They were project partners in the research ‘Developing Community Circus in Aotearoa New Zealand’, which led to the development of the Aotearoa New Zealand Circus Association (ANZCA), chaired by Frances until June 2017.


During their successful tenure they both:

  • Set up NZ first inclusive Community Circus group “Circus Kumarani” in Dargaville providing year-long Northland Community Circus - teacher programme

  • Established the Northland Community Circus network 

  • Held the Annual Northland Circus Festival

  • Hosted four NZ Community Circus Conventions

  • Set up the 2-year research “Developing Community Circus in NZ/Aotearoa

Thomas Hinz

Creative Director

Frances Kelliher


Ariane Craig-Smith

Senior Administrator 


The Management team is always looking for volunteers to help out with the classes or daily operations.

Get in touch with us if you're passionate about all things circus and meeting new people!

+64 21 220 9246

Circability Central, 203-271 Victoria Street West Auckland New Zealand 1010

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