Ukes in Schools

For young people to learn music, they need instruments… a pretty simple statement, but many school communities struggle to find funding for music against competing interests.

The New Zealand Ukulele Trust provides schools with free class sets of ukuleles. Just one class set of ukuleles can provide every child at that school the opportunity to learn music.

The NZUT applies for funding for charitable trusts and partners with suppliers to deliver as many ukuleles to schools as possible.

Over 1,920 free ukuleles from NZ Ukulele Trust have been delivered to schools via our ‘Free Ukes in Schools’ programme.


In 2021, we were very pleased to be able to provide the following schools with a class set of ukuleles:

Baverstock Oaks Primary School

Coley Street School

Kelston Intermediate

Kilbirnie School

Konini Primary School (Auckland)

Hāwera Intermediate

Lynmore School

Māngere East Primary School

Nawton Primary School

Patea Area School

Purua School

Rewa Rewa School 

Silverdale Normal School

St Dominic’s Primary School

Taipa Area School

Turua Primary School

Waiau Pa School

And in 2020, the following schools received class sets:

Auckland Normal Intermediate

Deanwell School

Dominion Road School

Elim Christian College

Henderson Intermediate

Holy Cross Catholic School (Henderson)

Makara Model School

Mt Carmel School

Mt Eden Normal Primary School

Nuhaka School

Ormiston Primary School

Robertson Road School

Sawyers Bay School

Sunset Primary

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Hiringa

Te Waha o Rerekohu Area School

Timatanga Community School

Waverley Park School


While a good number of schools in the Kiwileles’ programme and have benefited from the Ukes in Schools programme, we are conscious that there are many, many more schools in need. Demand for instruments always exceeds our ability to supply. We are currently applying for more funding and hope to be able to provide more ukes in schools later in the year.


Proudly Supported in 2020 by:


For 2021 we are in the second year of a two year funding partnership with Kala Brand Music, enabling us to select schools to receive a set of free ukuleles. Preference will be given to registered Kiwileles schools.

To apply now, please fill in the following application form. By doing so you will be kept informed as this process progresses.



We are so happy to have them and are feeling very lucky – we love the bright colours, and the tuner is the best tuner I’ve ever used!    We are just so stoked with the lovely new ukes! Ngā mihi nui ki a koe – thanks from the grateful ukulele learners of Deanwell School!

Meg Davies Kiwileles Lead Teacher Deanwell School – Hamilton

We were all so excited and the ukuleles are absolutely beautiful! Thank you again to Kala Brand Music and the NZ Ukulele Trust for making this happen.

Chae-Yeon Park Music Teacher Auckland Normal Intermediate School

Thank-you for this very generous offer to support our ukulele music skills programme.

Nick Chapman Principal Nukaha School – Hawkes Bay

Thank you NZ Ukulele and  Kala Brand Music for the very generous donation of these fantastic new ukuleles. Our students love the different colours!!  They can’t wait to start making beautiful music on them.  We really do appreciate this generous gift.  

Shirley Dephoff Kiwileles Lead Teacher Dominion Road School – Auckland