Kaupapa – About Us


MENZA  is the national professional body that represents the interests of all music education sectors in this country. 

You can listen to our waiata here

Why become a MENZA member?

  • because you care about music education
  • because you want to develop professionally
  • because you want to be part of a national network of music educators
  • because you want what MENZA can offer
  • because there is greater strength in one united voice.

What are the MENZA member benefits?

  • free copies of the MENZA eNewsletters
  • free copies of the MENZA Magazine ‘Tune Me In’ (at least 2 per year)
  • access to MENZA events and professional development at reduced rates
  • networking, consultation and advocacy for music education in Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • great teaching resources, including access to
    • other music teachers websites / wikispaces
    • videos of past conferences and professional development
    • inspiration and best practice examples from youtube and TED talks


MENZA is a national body. Its core role is for the benefits of Early Childhood Education, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Teachers with an interest in music education. It is also the national professional organisation and therefore open to all with an interest in music education. MENZA encourages regional partners and related professional organisations to contribute to the professional development of music educators.

MENZA’s Mission

MENZA delivers value and support to teachers through:

  • Opportunities to connect as music education professionals
  • The distribution and support of innovation in practice and research
  • The fostering of opportunities for on-going professional development
  • The delivery of a small number of national scale, high-value initiatives.
  • Advocating on behalf of all music educators in Aotearoa / New Zealand

MENZA’s Whakapapa

Click here for our history so far…

Minutes of MENZA’s 2024 AGM

MENZA’s Key Policies 

In Draft: Available upon request.

  • MENZA Travel and Accommodation Policy
  • MENZA Health & Safety Policy
    • MENZA Health and Safety Guidelines for co-ordinating a MENZA event / workshop
    • MENZA Venue Health and Safety Checklist
    • MENZA Accident Report Form

MENZA’s Meeting dates 2024

If you would like to attend as member or affiliate organisation and have something you’d like to share or discuss at any of our meetings, please get in touch with administrator Pauline Logger admin@menza.co.nz

10th and 11th FebIn Person – Auckland
11th March (Taranaki Ann)Zoom
8th AprilZoom
13th MayZoom
15th JuneAGM
8th JulyZoom
12th AugustZoom
9th SeptZoom
14th OctZoom
11th NovZoom

Organisations we work with

ISME International Society for Music Education

ISME International Society for Music Education

MENZA is a member of ISME, which holds International conferences every second year in different countries and regional conferences every other year. ISME is present in over eighty countries, is the premiere international organisation for music education, respects all musics and all cultures, is affiliated to the International Music Council and UNESCO, and believes that every individual has a right to music education.
Safer Spaces in Music Education

Safer Spaces in Music Education

We are a group of music educators actively working together to make safer spaces in music education, representing the full spectrum of music education in Aotearoa, from early childhood to tertiary, as well as studio/private/itinerant music teachers, music therapists, and community music providers who support youth. Most importantly, we are listening to the voices of our ākonga/students.
The New Zealand Choral Federation

The New Zealand Choral Federation

NZCF provides a wide range of activities and initiatives designed to support, stimulate and extend choral singers and conductors throughout NZ. These include: The NZCF Association of Choral Directors, THE BIG SING, THE KIDS SING, The NZCF SingFest, and more.
Music Ecademy

Music Ecademy

Music Ecademy is an online learning resource designed to support educators and students in the teaching and learning of music theory. Designed and developed here in Aotearoa, New Zealand and based on the New Zealand school curriculum as well as the music exam boards.
Sistema Aotearoa

Sistema Aotearoa

Sistema Aotearoa works to unleash the potential of tamariki, whānau and communities through orchestral music making. Our free, intensive, ensemble-based music lessons inspire children to realize their full potential as ākonga and citizens through orchestral music-making.
The Ukulele Trust of New Zealand

The Ukulele Trust of New Zealand

The NZ Ukulele Trust ensures that NZ children, no matter their circumstances, get to experience the many benefits of being engaged with music. Get your students strumming with the largest ukulele orchestra in the WORLD with PD and support provided by the Ukulele Trust.
IRMTNZ (Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand)

IRMTNZ (Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand)

IRMTNZ is New Zealand’s only professional organisation for all private music teachers. IRMTNZ registration endorses you as a music teacher, provides a friendly collegial support network, essential professional development and student performance opportunities throughout NZ.
Music Teachers Online

Music Teachers Online

NZ Music Teachers Online is a popular music teacher directory where any aspiring or experienced music teacher can advertise by Michael Story, who is also an excellent musician and web developer. It is hugely successful in its reach and engagement.
MusicWorks Ensemble Festival Aotearoa (MEFA)

MusicWorks Ensemble Festival Aotearoa (MEFA)

MEFA Wellington is Aotearoa's national festival for all school traditional ensembles in a fun educational environment that provides a social festival atmosphere. A must for all schools who have an ensemble program.
Music EdNet

Music EdNet

Engaging students, empowering teachers and delivering desirable curriculum outcomes. At Music EDnet, this is our primary focus through the effective integration of music and media technology.


ONZA is the New Zealand branch of the Orff Schulwerk Association. As a community of music educators we provide professional development for teachers and musical events for children utilising the Orff Approach to music education. SING, MOVE, DANCE, PLAY.
Christchurch Big Band Festival

Christchurch Big Band Festival

Christchurch Big Band Festival is a five-day music festival held every Labour weekend in Christchurch for bands from all over NZ, providing performance opportunities for over 300 musicians annually.


One stop, one place, performance place. A nationwide directory of who’s who and what’s what in the performing arts. A brand new space with a bold aim: to enable connections between artists, venues, businesses, clients and fans so that the entire industry flourishes.


Admin contact
Pauline Logger – Administrator


Chair: Ben Lau – Wellington

Deputy Chair: Katrina Daniela – Tauranga

Treasurer: Charlotte Nicklin – Auckland

Secretary: Megan Flint – Taupō

Christian McDonald – Northland

Tracy Reed – North Canterbury

Rapua Timoti – Tauranga

Trevania Walbaekken – Hamilton

Chris Williamson – Tauranga

Jessica Brown – Auckland

Stephen Garton – Ashburton


MENZA Tangata Whenua Representatives:

Christian McDonald – Northland

Trevania Walbaekken – Hamilton

Rapua Timoti – Tauranga


MENZA Networks of Expertise Manager:

Pauline Logger


MENZA ISME National Affiliate Representative:

Linda Webb


MENZA Tune Me In Editor:

Charlotte Nicklin


MENZA Child and Vulnerable Adults Safety Officer:

Tracey Reed


Postal Address:
c/- 1288 Upper Ohauiti Road
Tauranga 3173
Website: www.menza.co.nz