We had an unprecedented 49 song entries this year, with over 120 students involved. As always it was great to hear the creativity and ideas of our Primary, Intermediate and Secondary school students and the judges thoroughly enjoyed the difficult process of deciding the winners. Congratulations to all the participants for entering – we wish we had an Award for everybody! Certificates and song feedback will be posted out to your schools over the holiday break.

1st Place: “Aroha I Aotearoa” by Anna Feillet (Otago Girls’ High School)

2nd Place: “Golden Sand” by Te Kauri Kingi (Kerikeri High School)

Top 5 Award: “Kainui Road” by Helen De Vries & Charli O’Hearn (Sacred Heart Girls’ College Hamilton)

Top 5 Award: “Kiwi Jamboree” by Ocean Joseph-Horsfall (Pukekohe High School)

Top 5 Award: “Our Home” by Abby, Isabel, Alex, Luke, Kaleb (Bethlehem College)

Best Junior Song: “Aotearoa” by Zoe Sekula (St Mary’s Catholic School Ellerslie) 

Te Reo Māori Award: “Aotearoa” by Zoe Sekula (St Mary’s Catholic School Ellerslie)

Highly Commended for Hook: “Manaakitanga- Aotearoa” by Yara Oliver; Hayley Petro (Cornwall Park District School) 

Highly Commended for Theme: “One Country, Three Languages” by Amalia Harris (Heathcote Valley School) 

Highly Commended for Melody Line: “Get Back Up Again” by Sascha Wright (Cornwall Park District School)

Highly Commended for Sheet Music Presentation: “Come Take This Journey” by Marionne Montesa, Angel George, Fiona Teng (Sacred Heart Girls’ College Hamilton)