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 ensure local success and relevance by keeping the programme healthy, vibrant, alive and growing with its children as well as celebrating and embracing our global Sistema whanau (family).
The Sistema Whangarei- Toi Akorangi Trust
Board of Trustees
Vicky Fowke - Chairperson, Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi Trust, Local Business Owner, Parent of Sistema student
Fiona Douglas - Trustee, Founder
John Hartigan - Trustee, Mental Health Practitioner
Nick Grew - HOD Music, Whangarei Girls High School
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 at 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei