What a fantastic, high-quality range of entries we have had again this year. There were many, many songs that are worthy of nationwide sing-a-longs. The Judges would like to express their thanks to all the very talented students who entered, and the teachers and tutors who supported them.

All contestants will receive some NZ Music Commission momentos and some written feedback, congratulating you on your strengths and helping you develop your songwriting skills further. These will be posted to the music teacher at your school before the end of term. Additionally, all those below will receive our limited edition “Award Winners’ ” tote bag.

Our thanks to the sponsors of the competition, without whom it could not succeed; MusicWorks, MENZA and The New Zealand Music Commission.

1st Place Winner

The Smell of Sunscreen by James Constable – Rangiora High School

2nd Place Runner up

Aotearoa by Peyton Morete – Kapiti College

Highly Commended

NZ’s Silly Song by Josie Brownlie, Lucia Marshall, Stella Mc Combie – Waimairi School

Summer Kiwi by Bella Shand, Amy Gorrill – Motueka High School

I L-O-V-E NZ by Samatha Romijn, Wellington Girls’ College

Do It Kiwi by Beth Lynch, Connor Bedwell, Lealia Devereux, Grace Cunningham – Logan Park High School

Touch The Sky by Hannah Milo – Howick College

Distiction Awards

Outstanding Talent in Yr 1 – 8
Look After What We’ve Got by Joshua Keating – Pegasus Bay School

Advanced Composition
Pohutukawa Leaves by Tomairangi Henare – Napier Boys’ high School

Advanced Composition
KIWI by Paraskevi Spiropoulos, Sarah Mileham – Bethlehem College

Lyrics Awards

Te Kupa Taumata Rau (Te Reo Lyrics)
Te Hapu O Aotearoa by Brodie Cox, Dante Devoe, Karn Tuhakaraina – Sacred Heart Girls’ College and Ohinewai Primary School

New Zealand Summer by Electra, Manea & Chanel – Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe

Carefree by Marianne Leigh – Baradene College of the Sacred Heart

When I Step Outside by Isabelle Pabalan – Carmel College


The overall winner for 2018 is The Smell of Sunscreen by James Constable – Rangiora High School


If you are looking to join in on the festivities – go on and TEACH the winning song(s) with our free online resources, these will be available from this website in mid-April, and will include teaching webinars, backing tracks, and sheet music to make your own sing-a-long event a success!


SING the winning song(s) in your school and community by planning a ‘Hook, Line and Sing-A-Long’ event on the last day of NZ Music Month, May 31.


SHARE a video of your sing-a-long and you’ll be in the draw to win prizes from NZ’s biggest online retailer MusicWorks!.