Overall Winners : Manawa Tūkaha
Ahurangi Tamahou, Awhina Taramai, Waiata Te Pairi, Taruke Rangawhenua and Mansa Kaio from Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake O Tawhiuau with their winning song “Live this Way”. Winners of the very first Yeah Nah It’s not Ok EBOP Song Quest in 2013 were Manawa Toa from the same school. Ages 13 to 16 years.
Supported by their Music Teacher, George Pouwhare and a massive contingent of whanau who made the effort to travel from Murupara.
Prize: 8 hours of recording studio time, sponsored by Outlet Productions, to turn their winning song ‘Live this Way’ into a CD, plus time on location to make a music video.
Outstanding Lyrics: Miss Pania
Aged 16 from Trident High School in Whakatane, with her song “Judgement” with the Judges commending her on the relevance of her words for young people today. Huge thanks to her music mentors Martin Tai and Mrs Osbourne, music teacher at Trident High School. Received 4 hours of recording studio time, a microphone and amplifier, sponsored by Family Works Northern and Hunting And Fishing goodies.
Outstanding Performance: The Smorgasbord Experience
Keegan Armstrong, Benjamin Jackson, Irimako Knez, Darwin Lambourne, and Matthew Lloyd from Trident High School with their song, “Behind Closed Doors”. They won 2 microphones with stands, a guitar, sponsored by Family Works Northern and a 2 hour session for the group on a Flight Simulator, sponsored by Aero Hire in Whakatane, plus some Hunting & Fishing goodies.