2020

As always the judges have had a wonderful but challenging time listening to the fantastic creativity of our young songwriters. With songs and talents such as those we have heard from the 47 entrants in this year’s competition it is clear that the future of NZ Music is in great hands. Contestants showed confident use of chord progressions, harmonies, dynamics and feel changes. Lyrics ranged from the thoughtful to the inspiring, through to cheeky and  just downright fun. While listening the judges are always keeping in mind the purpose of the contest – a song for young NZ kids in schools to join in with up and down the country.

1st Place : “We are One” by Sophie Brown (Epsom Girls’ Grammar School)
2nd Place : “Aotearoa” by Tomuri Spicer (King’s High School Dunedin)
Top 5 Award : “Under a Pohutukawa Tree” by Liberty Fowler (Napier Girls’ High School)
Top 5 Award : “Tiki-Tour” by Ocean Joseph-Horsfall (Pukekohe High School)
Top 5 Award : “Sunday Afternoon” by Grace Gemmell (Tahuna Intermediate)
Highly Commended : “Time Of My Life” by Tamsin Dales, Emalie Vea and Sophie Wu (Carmel College)
Highly Commended : “Take Me Back” by Aaliyah Teahan, Chloe Proctoer, Tamsin Mcasey (Carmel College)
Outstanding Musicianship : “Kauri Keepers” by Lucy Pritchard (Waimea College)
Outstanding Musicianship : “Welcome To New Zealand” by Ella Pedersen and Honey Drew (Bethlehem College)
Best Junior Song : “Sunday Afternoon” by Grace Gemmell (Tahuna Intermediate)
Junior 2nd : “Walking With The Sun” by Pepper Hall (Chisnallwood Intermediate)
Junior 3rd : “Days Are Fading Away” by Sacha Wright (Cornwall Park District School)
Te Reo Māori Award : “Tokuo Tatou Aoteroa” by Emily-Rose Young (Tahuna Intermediate)