Seth Haapu

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About the Mentor

Seth is an Auckland-based pianist, guitarist and singer/songwriter who names The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and James Taylor among his early music influences.

His self-titled debut album was nominated for an NZ Music Award, and NZ Musician magazine described it as "an expertly crafted pop album." While recording his newest creations he has opened for John Legend and toured internationally with our mentors Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha. Of Maori and Tahitian descent, Seth works with emerging Maori artists through the Pao Pao Pao development programme.

Seth has an uncanny calming effect on everyone he works with! Cathy Trueman of Stratford High School says,

"Seth has a really warm, positive but not gushy approach to students. They felt safe with him and were willing to be vulnerable in his presence. The boys in particular really grew in confidence and skill."