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Talented teens sing to promote a violence-free message

Talented teens sing to promote a violence-free message. An opportunity to artistically raise awareness against violence

The Yeah, Nah, It’s Not Ok song quest is less than a week away, with a chance for teenagers in Whakatane to perform an original song with a violence-free message.

The anti-violence song quest will be held on 30 August at the Liberty Centre, Whakatane from 6pm to 10pm.

Local up and coming NZ artist and previous X Factor contestant, Cameron Rota and award winning artist Glenys Wana will be on the panel of judges. Other judges include Carlos Hunia from Sun FM, Peter Waru representing the It’s Not Ok campaign and Gundy Pryor from Tūteao Marae team.

The aim of the song quest is to raise awareness and provide information about all forms of violence to young people. It allows teenagers to help inform their community about the issue in a fun and creative way.

Seven entrants, who will be a mixture of solo and band entries, will compose a song with a
violence-free message, and perform it before an audience and the judges.

The overall winner will win recording studio time at Outlet Production and their song will be played on local radio with potential for a national radio audience.

Other prizes will be awarded for strongest vocals, strongest lyrics and strongest performance on the night. Prizes will include a Motouhora/Whale Island trip, Kaitiaki Adventures White Water Rafting vouchers, a Fender Acoustic Guitar and more. There will also be spot prizes and support from local entertainment to ensure a fun-filled night to promote a violence free Eastern Bay of Plenty area.

The EBOP song quest is a combined initiative of the It’s not OK campaign and Family Works Northern, and is organised by the Family Safety Events Committee. The Knox Presbyterian Church, and the Whakatane District Creative Communities Scheme are also kindly supporting this event.

About Family Works
Family Works Northern provides social services for more than 15,000 children and their families in the upper North Island each year – about 40 people every day – as part of Presbyterian Support Northern. In Whakatane, Family Works provides:

• Social work and counselling

• Parenting support programmes

• Social workers in schools

• Group programmes for women and children affected by violence

• Family Violence Response Coordinator

• Strengthening Families coordination and facilitation

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