Variety provided the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Sistema Aotearoa programme with a grant of more than $8500 to purchase a new set of woodwind instruments. Sistema Aotearoa is a social intervention programme in Otara that helps children develop skills that are vital for positive personal development. These skills go far beyond the development of musical ability.
The Variety team got the chance to see the students and tutors in action at the Otara Music and Arts Centre and were thoroughly impressed by the children’s focus and talent. All the instrument groups practiced separately then the sixty-strong orchestra came together to play beautifully.
Sistema Aotearoa programme staff say that the programme has produced caring children who are more comfortable tackling tricky problems at school: “Emphasis is placed on developing a supportive community. Teachers and students alike are invested in both personal and community success, creating a place where children feel safe and challenged. Parents/carers working together with Sistema Aotearoa achieve a common goal - that is a more positive, aspirational future for their children.”