Kia Ora to our Kiwilele Community

The New Zealand Ukulele Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that uses the ukulele to enrich children’s lives through music.  Each year we help young people at schools around Aotearoa New Zealand get involved in music through our Kiwileles, Ukes in Schools, and NZ Ukulele Squad programmes.


2020 New Zealand Ukulele Festival cancelled


Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty around events and availability of funding, the NZ Ukulele Trust is unable to stage our 2020 Ukulele Festival.  This is disappointing for everyone involved, but keeping our tamariki and their whānau safe is of paramount importance.  The free Festival is a happy day on Auckland’s event calendar, attended annually by over 50% of Kiwilele schools.  However, the Trust has decided that the risks posed with holding a large public gathering at this time is too great.

Kia Kaha ♫♥


Download the lead sheet for Tūtahi – ‘Stay’



A quick look at our journey so far



Years of Operation


Schools Registered


Free Ukuleles given to schools


Highest Event Attendance



Now hear from some of our grateful schools.



The Kiwileles is a fantastic resource. We have used it for the last 11 years and have never been disappointed.

Christine Dawson Mt Roskill Primary School

We are really so grateful for these ukuleles. The students and teachers love having them. It’s given our music programme such a boost!

Gretchen Bennett Park Estate School

Thank you for the Festival! our kids had a great time and all families involved are extremely grateful for the wonderful experience!

Penny Krone Verran School

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