Sistema Whangarei-Toi Akorangi, in the Heart of Northland, New Zealand is a community-based initiative with heart, offering an intensive, after school, in-school and holiday orchestral programme. ‘To strive and excel’ provides life purpose,
Initiated and led by volunteers from the Whangarei community, Sistema Whangarei is based on Venezuela's El Sistema movement, one of the world's most successful music and social development programmes. We reach out to children who might not normally have the opportunity to participate. All aspects of the programme are provided free of charge.
In partnership with community non-profit organization, Whangarei Youth Music, and networking with Sistema Aotearoa in Otara, Sistema Whangarei-Toi Akorangi provides opportunities for children to experience success, and for some, completely altering their life trajectory - it changes their world.
Our mission is to ensure local success and relevance by keeping the programme healthy, vibrant, alive and growing with it's children as well as celebrating and embracing our global sistema whanau (family).
The Sistema Whangarei- Toi Akorangi Entrustment committee:
Fiona Douglas - Programme Director, Whangarei Youth Music Community Liaison
Samantha Winterton - Orchestral Director
Regine Hagg - Musicianship Director
Maria Croucher - Musicianship Director
Michelle Jones - Administration
John Hartigan - Trustee, Mental Health Practitioner
Vicky Fowke - Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi Trust Chairperson
Barry Winterton - Trustee, Secondary school teacher
Sistema New Zealand
We are part of a wider New Zealand consortium of Sistema programmes. We work together and share resources, ideas and plans to best support the children of Aotearoa.
Click on any of the links below to visit the other Sistema programmes and see if there is one near you!
Sistema Aotearoa Arohanui Strings, Hutt Valley Sistema Waikato, Hamilton
We are located in the Old Library Arts Hub (OLAH) at 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei