Regional support of community participation in arts and dance needs to be developed and strengthened. It is the sector which nurtures the future artists of this country and establishes early values and attitudes towards the arts and culture.Community participation in arts and dance needs to be advocated for within recreation and sports forums, which have huge influence in this sector. Community arts workers practise in New Zealand, although current networks are relatively weak. SFRITO has Community Arts (including Community Dance), qualifications on the NZQA framework from certificate to Diploma level which can be used for training purposes.Since May 2005 DANZ has been granted NRO status by SPARC to support recreational and social dance in all its diversity, including cultural diversity. The NRO status has not been supported by financial and human resources at this stage, SPARC will review the situation in June 2006.