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 other Sistema based programmes in New Zealand, Sistema Whangarei-Toi Akorangi provides opportunities for children to experience success, and for some, completely altering their life trajectory - it changes their view of their world.
Our mission is to impact the lives of the children of Northland through orchestral music training, beginning in early childhood, to combat poverty, strengthen the spirit and foster the making of positive choices, to create an environment of 'anything is possible' for self and others.
Our aim is to deliver this innovative, community based programme by removing all barriers to participation so that ALL our young people's experience is one of a 'sense of place and belonging' and a passion for life and music.
We plan to ensure local success and relevance by keeping the programme healthy, vibrant, alive and growing with its children as well as celebrating and embracing our local and global Sistema whanau (family).
The Sistema Whangarei- Toi Akorangi Trust
Board of Trustees
Nick Grew - Chairman, Board of Trustees, HOD Music, Whangarei Girls High School
Fiona Douglas - Trustee, Founder of Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi
Tracey Nieuwelaar - Trustee
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
We are located in the Old Library at 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei
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