Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.


Arohanui Strings - Sistema Hutt Valley, a Registered Charitable Trust based in Taita, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, is a Sistema-inspired music education/social development programme founded in 2010. 

The Sistema goal is to help children in high deprivation neighbourhoods to reach their full potential, using teamwork, harmony and ensemble playing. Each child is given his/her own instrument and world-class instruction two to four days a week for two hours a day after school.

The discipline of learning an instrument, and the experience of playing music together, transforms the lives of children, helping them become a positive force in their community. Recognising the power of Sistema to create social change, music programmes based on the Venezuelan music miracle now exist in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa, and the USA.

Improvement in academic achievement, attitudes, attendance, and conduct among children enrolled in Sistema music programmes is astounding, and recently verified in the Institute of Public Policy’s 2012 Evaluation of Sistema Aotearoa. To read more about research showing the impact of music education on individuals and society as a whole, please read The Impact of Music Education.

Arohanui Strings began in 2010 and now works with more than 100 children from eight primary, intermediate, and secondary schools in the Taita, Lower Hutt area. We teach violin, viola, cello, double bass, singing and music literacy two afternoons a week. Our teachers work with a team of teenage student assistants, parent helpers, and other professional volunteers. The children learn in groups, and as soon as a child can play a piece they can teach it to another child.

Sistema is a new model for learning music, achieving excellence and working for inclusion and social justice for marginalised, vulnerable children.