Bill Sevesi 2007-2016
Bill was a founding patron of NZ Ukulele Trust.
His dream that “every child in NZ would get the chance to learn to play the ukulele” has inspired NZUT to help Bill’s dream become a reality!
You can learn more about his wonderful legacy here – www.billsevesi.com
Kevin Fogarty was a Kiwilele Festival Founder and his song ‘Kiwi Ukulele’ is still an important part of the Kiwilele canon.
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Maria Winder is a founding trustee of the NZ Ukulele Trust, mother of 3 awesome adults, wife, musician, primary school music teacher and music education consultant. Awarded the MNZM for services to education, Mara retired from the board in 2022 to focus on her beautiful mokopuna.
NZ UKULELE TRUST AMBASSADOR
Helen Willberg is based in Lower Hutt and her current jobs are supporting two school choirs, running her own youth Choir, supporting a mothers-and-children weekly group, and being teacher mentor to the Hutt Out-Of-Hours instrumental teaching programme where there are 300 families and 10 teachers. For recreation she loves tramping regularly, swimming in season, gardening, playing recorders in two ensembles, and singing in two choirs. She learned guitar at teachers college and picked up ukulele as a portable option. She loves particularly the singing part of playing ukuleles. In a previous life she was a secondary school teacher of mainly English, a Playcentre supervisor and Piano and Guitar teacher, a senior Lecturer in music at Wellington College of Education.
NZUT BOARD MEMBERS
Masina Taulapapa – Co-Chair
Talofa lava. My name is Masina Taulapapa. Originally from Wellington, I now call Taranaki my home. Day-to-day, my mahi is in the community development space with the South Taranaki District Council. Outside of work I spend a lot of time in the garden, in the kitchen, or at the piano. Although a pianist by training, I’ve always found the ukulele to be such a magical instrument. I am proud to join the NZ Ukulele Trust as a trustee and do my bit to spread the joy of music across Aotearoa.
Tim Carson – Co-Chair
Kia ora koutou,
I tipu ake ahau ki Maniototo, kei te noho ahau ki Whakatū inaianei, ko Tim Carson toku ingoa.
Inspired by his work wife and mentor Maria Winder, Tim believes that every child in Aotearoa New Zealand should have access to a quality music education. He is an EdD candidate investigating how the ukulele can foster self-regulated learning in the primary classroom.
Andrew Phillips – Trustee
Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Andrew Phillips toku ingoa. I joined the NZ Ukulele Trust in early 2020, hoping to use some of my legal and regulatory experience, and marginal ukulele skills, to contribute back to the community.
I have a real passion for the educational potential of the ukulele. It’s simple, easy to learn, and gives kids a sense of what music can do. I’m honoured to be working with such a passionate group of people who empower Aotearoa’s tamariki to achieve their musical goals.
My musical influences are reasonably broad, but my most played ukulele songs are all from musicals (Frozen, Moana, Hamilton) that I play for my niece, despite her protests.
Whaiora Hotere – Education
He kakano tātou i ruia mai i Rangiatea.
We are all seed, descended from greatness.
Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi and Te Aupouri are my iwi. My name is Whaiora Viann Hotere – mother of 2 girls, an experienced Primary School educator who believes that every child has a super power waiting to be unleashed. That music and the arts help children to find their confidence, express themselves, stand proud and bring more joy into the world.
Musical Influences: Anything that touches the heart and soul.
Ali Caldwell – Education
Kia ora! My name is Ali Caldwell and I came to Ōtepoti Dunedin from London in 1994.
I am a passionate music educator and believe every child deserves to discover their musical talent in a supportive, safe and well resourced musical environment.
I started the Dunedin Ukulele Kids’ Jam in 2010 with my colleagues from Music Education Otago after meeting Maria and coming to the NZ Ukulele Festival in Auckland and it has been my privilege to ‘rock out’ with the tamariki of Dunedin every year since!
I am delighted to join the NZ Ukulele Trust and contribute to a nationwide musical experience for children and teachers in Aotearoa.
Cynthia McCracken – Education