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 1,620 free ukuleles from NZ Ukulele Trust have been delivered to schools via our ‘Free Ukes in Schools’ programme.


In 2019, we were very pleased to be able to provide the following schools with a class set of ukuleles;


Glenbrae School

Holy Cross School Papatoetoe

Peninsula Primary

Royal Oak Intermediate

Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate School

St Anne’s Catholic School

St Francis School

Tikipunga Primary School

Waatea School

Wymondley Road 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 2019 by:



Our 2020 programme is currently in the funding application process, once we have obtained funding towards this programme we will then be in a position 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.



Thank you so much for this I guarantee these ukuleles will be put to good use. Will send through videos/pictures of students playing the ukuleles in the coming weeks.   Made my day!!

Chrismas Ropati Music Department Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate School

E harikoa ana matou mo tenei taonga.  Thank you sooo much for this.  We will treasure these taonga puoro and know that it will inspire and allow more of our tamariki to shine in another area of learning that too is pertinent to who they are and what they represent.  Nga mihi nui.

Tiere Maoate Principal/Tumuaki Waatea School