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HLS 2014 winnersCongratulations to Maxine Vaihu (St Marys College), Julia Tu’uga (Auckland Girls Grammar) and Meleseini Puletau (Selwyn College) all formerly of St Pius X Primary, Glen Innes for their beautiful winning composition for NZ Music Month 2014.


Listen to ‘Islands’ here


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Webinar for teaching ‘Islands’ below – special thanks to Room 2 of East Tamaki School and their teacher Olivia Naylor.

Presented by Maria Winder, Produced by Tim Carson

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) version of Islands below – special thanks to Sarah and Christie Mason for their translation. NZSL Week is 12 – 18 May 2014

Instructions to download for Windows PC

Right-click on this link to the MP3 file, and choose the option for Saving the link (or target). It will say “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” or “Download Link…”. On most systems, double-clicking the downloaded file will open it and begin playback.

Instructions to download for Mac OS X

Hold down the option key and click on this link to the MP3 file. It will download to the Desktop (or other folder if you set one in preferences). Double-clicking the icon will begin playback and add the track to your iTunes library.

Dropbox options

  • Dropbox audio track here
  • Dropbox lyric sheet here


The 2014 finalists are all available to listen to here.

The Mihirangi Award for Outstanding Song:

“The Ride” by Elle Williams and Georgia Thomson from Gisborne Girls High School

The Lydia Cole Award for Outstanding Song:

“Outside” by Jasmin dos Santos, Paige Pomana and Halecia Gardiner-Pomare from Gisborne Girls High School

Entries of Distinction (in random order):

  • “New Generation” by Neve O’Connor and Renee Kerr from Bluestone School
  • “No Place Like Home” by Sasha Karini and Jurnee Wilson from Gisborne Girls High School
  • “Place to Be” by Tara Thomas, Ana Henry and Kore Pita from Manurewa High School
  • “Keep the Faith” by Eden Te Are, Materoa Riwai, and Paddy McLean Dewes from Gisborne Girls High School
  • “World at Your Feet” by Casey Davis-Lamb and Tirzah Russell from Gisborne Girls High School
  • “National Anthem” by Danielle Uka from Papakura High School
  • “Land of Light” by Bayfield School’s Songwriting Squad
  • “Home is Where the Family Is” by Tai-la Bennett, Sophee Hills and Hannah Turnbull from Gisborne Girls High School