Winners of the Hook Line and Sing-along Competition 2011
The New Zealand Music Commission is thrilled to announce that the student-writers of the song "Things to Remember" from Newton Central School have won the Write the song of NZ Music Month 2011 competition.
The New Zealand Music Commission is thrilled to announce that the student-writers of the song "Things to Remember (Huarahi Tika)" from Newton Central School have won the Write the song of NZ Music Month 2011 competition.
The judges Tama Waipara, (well known music education specialist), Maria Winder, Tonga Vaea (3 Houses Down) and Stevii Hill (who co-wrote last year's winning song) were particularly taken with the chorus.
They believe the uplifting words and attractive melody make this waiata perfect to be sung all over New Zealand by thousands of school students at the conclusion of New Zealand Music Month - Hook Line and Sing-along - at noon on the 31st MAY.
He ara hou ka tū mai
kia whai hua tātou
me ū ki te tika
ki te pono e te aroha e
This is the new path we are walking
To try and succeed
To hold to the things we know are right
To truth and to love .
Congratulations to Te Miringa. Sofia, Selena, Rawiri, Whakairo, Waimarie, AJ, Lea, Mia, Macen, and Tikirau who wrote "Things to Remember (Huarahi Tika)" while students at Te Rumaki O Te Uru Karaka at Newton Central Primary School.
They are at 6 different schools this year, but were reunited at Stebbing Recording Studios on the 31st of March to record their song. Once recorded and mastered the track will be available on www.nzmusic.org.nz/education
We'd also like to congratulate Ruth Lemon- whose passion and initiative as a teacher meant that the students got to work with a Music Commission mentor in 2010 allowing them to kick-start their songwriting. She gave the students ample performance opportunities throughout the year and after making a preliminary recording of the song entered them into the "Write the song of NZ Music Month" competition.
The NZ Music Commission in association with MENZA (The Music Teachers professional group) will send flyers out to all schools in the Education Gazette featuring the transcription of the song. As well as this, free backing tracks will be made available to all schools in the coming month so that everyone has plenty of time to prepare for the May 31st performances being held in schools all over the country.
Many schools are still singing last year's song "Made in NZ" written by 4 students at Gisborne Girls High School, so that will be a part of the bracket at noon on the 31st also.
The judges were also impressed with songs from the following students, awarding highly commended awards to the following:
Stella Grant (Rotorua Lakes High) Music Month part 2
Susannah Lupman & Gabrielle Love (Campion College - Gisborne) Breath
The Dotted Minums - (Ayla, Dhruv,Chantal, Rachel C, Emma & Rachel R) (Hillsborough Primary- Auckland) for Aroha and Imagination
The NZ Music Commission thanks all the students, parents and teachers who sent in songs for the 2011 competition.
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