Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre turns 10

March 18, 2014

RMTC turns 10

Today marks the 10th birthday of the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (RMTC), a charitable trust that provides music therapy to children and young people with special needs.

Like a typical 10-year-old RMTC is celebrating with a party that will be held at Galatos at 7.30 tonight (18 March). Tickets are $25 at the door and it will feature performances by Maisey Rika, Tama Waipara, Julia Deans, Ria Hall, Annie Crummer, Seth Haapu and Don McGlashan.

The charity receives no government funding and yet has grown in the past 10 years with the support of the community and some of New Zealand’s most talented people including Hayley Westenra, Boh Runga, Anika Moa and Dame Rosie Horton.

In 2004 RMTC consisted of a single therapist. It now has 8 music therapists on staff who provide more than 4,000 music therapy sessions a year.

The centre’s founder Hinewehi Mohi says the charity continues to grow.

“Looking back over the past 10 years it’s incredible to think of all we have achieved. We now provide music therapy services to more than 200 people every month and the number keeps growing.”

RMTC has developed a strong outreach programme where therapists travel across Auckland to provide services to people who find it difficult or are unable to travel to the centre in Grey Lynn.

During the past three years RMTC has also started working with adults with special needs including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, dementia and brain injuries.

Hinewehi says that it is important that RMTC keeps developing new ways to help those in need.

“We started the charity to help children but soon realised that adults can also benefit from our services. As the only music therapy centre in New Zealand we think it’s vital to help as many people as possible.”

About the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
Music therapy assists and supports the growth and development of children and young adults with special needs. It provides a vehicle for communication, participation and interaction and reduces their sense of isolation within their immediate and wider communities.

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre bases their practice on the internationally-acclaimed Nordoff-Robbins approach emphasising improvisation and other creative techniques. Located in the inner Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn, the centre is the brainchild of a dedicated group of local music industry people, including Hinewehi Mohi and Boh Runga. The centre receives no statutory funding and needs to raise $750,000 this year to keep the Centre running and continue to provide music therapy to over 200 people every month. For more information on the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre go to www.rmtc.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. Review by Marlene Ware. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news