Sistema Waikato is a community-based social development programme which uses orchestral music-making as a model for changing lives and creating good citizens. It is based on similar programmes that have been highly successful internationally at enhancing social aspiration and building life skills in young children, their whanau and communities. Sistema Waikato was launched in July 2015 and expands via a new-student intake every year.

Sistema Waikato Trust Parent Rep Wanted- Sistema Waikato is looking for a parent representative to be on the new trust, will be established effective the start of 2018. As a trustee, your role would involve attending monthly meetings and advising the group on community involvement, ensuring that the programme best meets the needs of our communities, and communicating the thoughts of other parents and families in the programme. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Programme Manager Kendall McEwen on 021 109 4887 or at before the 24th of November.

The Sistema Waikato team are:

  • Jade Browne – Interim Programme Leader 
  • Kendall McEwen – Programme Manager
  • Rachel Samuel – Programme Administrator
  • Anne-Marie Bird – Senior Tutor
  • Celeste Cleason – Tutor
  • Mary Smith – Tutor
  • Gloria White – Tutor
  • Kevin Ma – Tutor
  • Cindy Xia – Tutor
  • Jane Mahon – Tutor
  • Melody Gumbley – Tutor
  • Rosalie Croxford – Tutor
  • Megan Robinson – Tutor
  • Yuanita King – Tutor
  • Elsie Kane – Tutor
  • Jemaine Sykes – Tutor
  • Genevieve Palmer – Tutor

We are very grateful to the following trusts and bodies which are generously funding the programme, including:

  • Trust Waikato
  • WEL Energy Trust
  • Gallagher Charitable Trust
  • Creative New Zealand
  • Lotteries Commission (DIA)
  • D V Bryant
  • Len Reynolds Trust
  • Todd Foundation
  • COGS

Sistema Waikato is based at Nawton Primary School, 58 Livingstone Avenue, Nawton, Hamilton. A second venue at Crawshaw School during 2017 is under consideration.


We are always seeking people interested in either tutoring, assisting or volunteering for this exciting initiative. You do not need to be a musician to apply for any of these roles.

Contact Kendall McEwen for details: 021 109 4887,  

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