Their songs impress

Dion Whaanga and Hayley Grace-Hollis gained placings in national online competition

Dion Whaanga and Hayley Grace-Hollis gained placings in national online competition

EAST COAST HAS GOT TALENT: E Tu Whanau Song Competition entrant (left) Haley Grace-Hollis’s song Hold On attracted the most public votes and took third place in the competition, while Dion Whaanga (second right) was second with I’ll Call In a Little While. The two musicians are joined by toddler Ebony Grace-Reedy (second left), Maori Media Network director Erana Keelan-Reedy, Kiyoji Lewis-Whaanga and Turanga FM station manager Matai Smith. Picture by Paul Rickard

Two Gisborne musicians have landed placings in the national E Tu Whanau song competition.

At the heart of the online competition was a message of positive change in response to violence in New Zealand.

Competition judging included the most public votes cast on the competition’s Facebook page.

Judges selected prizewinners from the entries with the top 10 public votes.

Entrant Dion Whaanga’s easy-listening, acoustic guitar-driven song I’ll Call In a Little While earned the musician second place and a prize of $2000.

Whaanga’s song is about taking the time to pay attention to the simple things in life “and to not take for granted what we already have.”

I’ll Call In a Little While can be heard at tinyurl.com/ydf9vwon.

Haley Grace-Hollis’s song Hold On, with music by Delia Harrison and Iwasa Pohatu, was third and won a prize of $1000.

Hold On also attracted the most public votes and earned the musician another $2000.

Grace-Hollis wrote the piece after losing four siblings to suicide. The soulful, electronic-driven song with rap licks is about letting people know it’s OK to ask for help.

“You are loved by many, hold on, kia kaha.”

To hear Hold On go to tinyurl.com/yamjd3gw

Two Gisborne musicians have landed placings in the national E Tu Whanau song competition.

At the heart of the online competition was a message of positive change in response to violence in New Zealand.

Competition judging included the most public votes cast on the competition’s Facebook page.

Judges selected prizewinners from the entries with the top 10 public votes.

Entrant Dion Whaanga’s easy-listening, acoustic guitar-driven song I’ll Call In a Little While earned the musician second place and a prize of $2000.

Whaanga’s song is about taking the time to pay attention to the simple things in life “and to not take for granted what we already have.”

I’ll Call In a Little While can be heard at tinyurl.com/ydf9vwon.

Haley Grace-Hollis’s song Hold On, with music by Delia Harrison and Iwasa Pohatu, was third and won a prize of $1000.

Hold On also attracted the most public votes and earned the musician another $2000.

Grace-Hollis wrote the piece after losing four siblings to suicide. The soulful, electronic-driven song with rap licks is about letting people know it’s OK to ask for help.

“You are loved by many, hold on, kia kaha.”

To hear Hold On go to tinyurl.com/yamjd3gw

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Willie Tipene, Waikato - 29 days ago
Met Haley on the steps of Parliament, we rode up after supporting a Riders Against Teenage Suicide hui at Wainuiomata Marae.
The Super Maori Fullas were so impressed we invited a notion we might be able to use "Hold on" when embarking on a future nationwide Manaaki a Iwi Ride to Support Whanau in need.
Haley hit some notes that swelled the Hearts of all my riding Sisters and Brothers.
Haley, you deserve the prizes, the recognition and media coverage.
You are the epitomy of SOUL...
Mauri Ora... The Super Maori Fullas

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