Governance & Support

Bill Takerei

Bill Takerei

Kaumātua Advisor

Bill Takerei is a Trustee of the Otara Network Action Committee and currently the CE of Te Waipuna Puawai. Bill has worked in the health, social services and education sector and has over 25 years’ experience as a Senior Manager/CEO in managing non-government organisations. Bill has a strong passion and connection with Otara with its reputation for being an innovative community with a multi-cultural population and believes Sistema Aotearoa ki Otara is a great example of what can be achieved in working together with a community to develop its young people and families to provide access to opportunities and gain success never seen before.

William Trinity Lipitoa Kingi

William Trinity Lipitoa Kingi

Youth Advisor

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William, who is Niuean is the Youth Advisor to the Sistema Aotearoa Trust. Will has been involved with the programme for 7 years, (with breaks for study abroad) as a violin tutor, composer / arranger and community liaison.  Born and raised in the heart of Ōtara, Will’s input ensures that the needs of the tamariki and rangatahi are considered across all elements of the programme.  Will provides input into strategic & operational planning processes, and facilitates the student advisory group and our networks with other cultural youth groups in the region.  William is now a full-time teacher at Fergusson Intermediate School (attended by a number of our students) and also leads the award winning Otara Pacific Island Church choir.

Dame Lesley Max


Hon. Chris Finlayson


Sistema Aotearoa Trust

Bernardine Vester


Bernardine has led a number of innovative educational projects and community development initiatives in South Auckland over many years.

Alan Lyth


Alan Lyth, who is the principal of Bairds Mainfreight Primary School, one of the programmes seven partner schools, brings to the Trust many years of experience in the education sector.

Walter Fraser


Walter is deeply committed to social change and leadership empowerment through education and apart from his role as Executive Director of AUT South, he also serves on the boards of a number of South Auckland community-based organisations.

Wayne Wiperi


Of Ngapuhi descent, parent representative Wayne is a long standing member of, and active volunteer in, his local Ōtara community.


Wayne Wiperi
Trustee (Parent Representative) Wayne Wiperi with daughter Waina (Sistema Aotearoa student)

John Shearer


John has been a principal for over 25 years and is currently the principal of Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Junior School. In 2017 John undertook sabbatical study of Sistema programmes in the UK.

Raewyn Stone


Serving on the board of Sistema Aotearoa combines Raewyn’s passions for education and giving every child the opportunity to participate in music and the arts.

Partner Organisations

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Sistema Aotearoa has positive and special partnership with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra that provides the young people with unique, inspirational opportunities and the programme with high level support.

There is a close musical working relationship with the orchestra players and students. A number of the tutors are also APO casual players and APO musicians often visit to perform or mentor students. This relationship with the APO provides numerous opportunities which bring the world of a professional musician to life for the children. Students & whānau are supported to attend concerts extending their experience of orchestral music, and performance opportunities are provided including advanced students playing ‘side by side’ with the orchestra and meeting international artists.

The Sistema Aotearoa Trust receives no financial support from the APO, however the APO provides infrastructure support with a services agreement between the two organisations ensuring a high standard of programme operation and close partnership working.

For more information on the APO visit their website here.

Ōtara Music Arts Centre (OMAC)

Sistema Aotearoa is based at Ōtara Music Arts Centre in the heart of Ōtara. The programme rents space at this Auckland Council arts facility five nights a week 2.30 – 6pm in term time and full days in school holidays. OMAC is a music based community venue with performance spaces, sound lab and an industry-standard professional recording studio that is open to community groups, choirs, schools, bands and individual musicians. As their major user for the past 6 years, Sistema Aotearoa enjoys being part of the friendly and creative environment at the centre. OMAC hosts both local and international music talent from many performing genres (eg hip-hop, bands, Polynesian and Māori music) and Sistema Aotearoa is included in their concerts and events broadening the young peoples’ musical experiences. Associated with OMAC is a large open air performance stage in the Ōtara town centre where Sistema Aotearoa holds regular community concerts.

Partner Schools

Sistema Aotearoa is proud to work with 7 partner primary schools in Ōtara. Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Bairds Mainfreight Primary School, East Tamaki School, Te Kura Kaupapa o Piripono , Wymondley Road School, St John the Evangelist Catholic School, Rongomai School and Dawson Primary all have a close partnership with Sistema Aotearoa. Some teaching for junior levels takes place in the schools, with schools providing space and support for the programme. The schools and the programme work together to enhance student’s learning, participating in school events such as prize-givings and providing concert outings. Teaching staff also enjoy learning new skills alongside their students, and Sistema Aotearoa provides opportunities to expanding the learning environment.






Sistema Aotearoa
PO Box 61-171, Otara, Manukau, 2159
Phone: 021 618 922