Governance & Support
DAME LESLEY MAX
An active supporter of Sistema Aotearoa Dame Lesley’s background includes University of Auckland; secondary school teaching; freelance journalism and writing. Her book “Children: Endangered Species” has been profoundly influential in New Zealand.
Dame Lesley co-founded Great Potentials Foundation, created the Family Service Centre model, and introduced HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) in New Zealand.
Dame Lesley has a specific interest in successful interventions in child protection and education. She has been appointed to a number of roles by Governments, including as a Director of the Northern Regional Health Authority, and a member of the Family Violence Advisory Committee to successive Ministers.
Dame Lesley was awarded a MBE in 1994 and was made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 for services to the community.
Bill Takerei is the Chairperson of the Otara Network Action Committee. Bill is currently in the education sector and has over 25 years’ experience as a Senior Manager/CEO in managing non-government organisations with a strong background in the health and social services areas. Bill is actively involved in the Otara community and has a passion for both the area and its people. Otara has a reputation for being an innovative community and with its diverse population has been to the forefront of different successful initiatives. Bill expects this will continue with Sistema Aotearoa to Otara and then reaching wider at a national level.
Sistema Aotearoa Trust
DIANE MALONEY (Chair)
Diane has had significant experience in community development as the Group Manager, Community Services at the former Manukau City Council. She has an MBA (Monash University) and is a member of the Institute of Directors. A long-time Howick resident, she is currently a Director of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and a member of the South Auckland Community Response Forum (established by MSD). With a strong commitment to community empowerment and social change, Diane is passionate about encouraging and supporting innovative programmes that make a difference to young people’s lives.
Leigh Auton is a Professional Director and Consultant. He was previously Chief Executive of Manukau City Council, and has been a resident of Counties Manukau for over forty years. Leigh is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in Geography and a Master of Town Planning (Hons) degree. He has extensive local government experience with a particular background in planning, infrastructure and transport. Leigh has been involved in issues at national, regional and local levels in New Zealand and has had significant engagement with Iwi over a number of decades. In November 2009, he received a Distinguished Service Award for his significant contribution over many years to the image and practice of planning. Leigh is involved in a range of community based organisations in southern Auckland and has been active in the governance of Sistema Aotearoa since its inception.
Of Ngapuhi decent, parent representative Wayne is a long standing member of the Otara community. Father of three daughters and one son – two of whom are in the Sistema Aotearoa programme and two younger who are eagerly awaiting their chance to start – he is a passionate supporter of the programme. Wayne says; “ I am happy and honoured to be a parent representative – I’ve been able to sit in some of the lessons with my daughters, and found the tutors have a wealth of knowledge and experience and I’ve enjoyed watching the students learn and progress.” With over 20 years experience in customer service Wayne brings to the Trust a goal orientated focus and in depth knowledge of the community. Wayne enjoys spending time with his family cooking, baking and doing arts and crafts.
Alan Lyth, who is the principal of Bairds Mainfreight Primary School, brings to the Trust many years of experience in the education sector. His qualifications include an M Ed from University of Tasmania and a Dip Ed Man from Canterbury University. Alan has been principal at four, very different primary schools, over a period of more than 30 years. An educator, who really never left school, he sees himself as a lifelong learner. He sits on a number of trusts including, Inside Out NZ and Papakura Community Trust, both of which have a community focus. Alan is passionate about challenging young people to reach their full potential in any field that they choose to pursue. He feels that it is great to be able to contribute, in a small way, to this innovative initiative that is empowering our Otara children and their Whanau.
DR CAM CALDER
Doctor and businessman, Cam Calder served two terms as an MP. Prior to stepping down from Parliament in 2014, he was Chairman of the Education and Science Committee. He has a life long interest in social equity and the transformational power of education. He has witnessed, at first hand, the empowerment of our South Auckland children through their involvement with the Sistema Aotearoa programme and is keen to see its funding base secured so the programme may grow locally and nationally.
AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Sistema Aotearoa has positive partnership with the APO 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/whanau are supported to attend mainstream concerts extending their experience of classical music, performance opportunities are provided including advance students playing ‘side by side’ in the orchestra and meeting international artists.
The APO provides infrastructure support with a Services Agreement between the organisations that ensures a high standard of programme operation.
For more information on the APO visit their website here.
OTARA MUSIC ARTS CENTRE
Sistema Aotearoa is based at Otara Music Arts Centre (renting space at this council facility) located within the heart of the Otara township. The programme operates there 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 a recording studio that is open to community groups, choirs, schools, bands and individual musicians. As their major user for the past 5 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 Maori 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 Otara town centre where Sistema Aotearoa holds weekly ‘drop-in’ community pre-school music sessions and regular community concerts.
Sistema Aotearoa is a vibrant and integrated part of the primary schools contributing students to the programme. (Rongomai , Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Bairds Mainfreight, East Tamaki, Te Kura Kaupapa o Piripono , Wymondley Road, St John’s the Evangelist) Some teaching for junior levels takes place in the schools, with schools providing space and support for the programme. There is a close working relationship between the programme and schools, working together to enhance the student’s learning, participating in school events such as prizegivings, providing concert outings, disseminating information etc. Teaching staff also enjoy learning new skills alongside their students. Sistema Aotearoa enriches the music component at schools providing opportunities that would not otherwise exist expanding the learning environment.