East Coast Breevaz win E Tu Whanau Song Comp

Song is about rangatira 'uplifting and guiding rangatahi (young people) towards a brighter future for Maori nation'.

Song is about rangatira 'uplifting and guiding rangatahi (young people) towards a brighter future for Maori nation'.

ONE LOVE: Gisborne reggae trio East Coast Breevaz’ song One Love has won Greyson Mauheni (left), Puna Manuel and Pakanga Te Whitu first place in 2017 E Tu Whanau Song Competition. Entrants were asked to write an original song that inspired positive change, and incorporated one or more of the six E Tu Whanau values. Picture supplied

A SONG that challenges adults to inspire their children and build a brighter future for all has won Gisborne reggae trio East Coast Breevaz first place in 2017 E Tu Whanau Song Competition.

One Love was written and performed by Pakanga Te Whitu, Puna Manuel and Greyson Mauheni.

“Our song is about us rangatira uplifting and guiding our rangatahi (young people) towards a brighter future for the Maori nation,” says Te Whitu.

Tommy Waititi of Cape Runaway won second prize for writing and performing The Ol’famz-alee, a waiata about the simple things that make whanau special.

“This song is for anyone living away from home, who gets that throbbing heartache for the simple life on the coast, being with family, and enjoying quality time with nature,” he says.

Hamilton musician Maioha Panapa took third prize for performing his composition Home, a celebration of whanau, love and the importance of home.

Judges Maaka Phat, Maisey Rika and Ranea Aperahama chose the top three songs from the 10 songs with the most public votes to determine the three winners.

The judges commended the entrants for opening their “hearts to be viewed and judged by the world”.

Entrants were asked to write an original song that inspired positive change, and incorporated one or more of the six E Tu Whanau values.

The songs were then uploaded to the E Tu Whanau Song Maori radio stations, including Radio Ngati Porou. Two entries to the East Coast station won the first and second prizes of $5000 and $2000. East Coast Breevaz also won $2000 for attracting the most votes.

E Tu Whanau is a movement for positive change in response to the levels of violence in New Zealand.

A SONG that challenges adults to inspire their children and build a brighter future for all has won Gisborne reggae trio East Coast Breevaz first place in 2017 E Tu Whanau Song Competition.

One Love was written and performed by Pakanga Te Whitu, Puna Manuel and Greyson Mauheni.

“Our song is about us rangatira uplifting and guiding our rangatahi (young people) towards a brighter future for the Maori nation,” says Te Whitu.

Tommy Waititi of Cape Runaway won second prize for writing and performing The Ol’famz-alee, a waiata about the simple things that make whanau special.

“This song is for anyone living away from home, who gets that throbbing heartache for the simple life on the coast, being with family, and enjoying quality time with nature,” he says.

Hamilton musician Maioha Panapa took third prize for performing his composition Home, a celebration of whanau, love and the importance of home.

Judges Maaka Phat, Maisey Rika and Ranea Aperahama chose the top three songs from the 10 songs with the most public votes to determine the three winners.

The judges commended the entrants for opening their “hearts to be viewed and judged by the world”.

Entrants were asked to write an original song that inspired positive change, and incorporated one or more of the six E Tu Whanau values.

The songs were then uploaded to the E Tu Whanau Song Maori radio stations, including Radio Ngati Porou. Two entries to the East Coast station won the first and second prizes of $5000 and $2000. East Coast Breevaz also won $2000 for attracting the most votes.

E Tu Whanau is a movement for positive change in response to the levels of violence in New Zealand.

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