A History of Previous Events and Special Thanks to all our Supporters

2018

Overall Winner: Harete Burnett from Edgecumbe College.

With her song and superb voice “Here for you” – winning up to 8 hours recording Studio Time & a music video courtesy of Outlet Productions, and $500 Vouchers sponsored by Family Works Northern.

Outstanding Performance  : Te Rii Pirihi of Opotiki.

With a flawless performance with her song “It’s not Ok “, winning $500 vouchers.

Outstanding Lyrics : Pineaha Reign from Matata Public School

One of the youngest contestants, at just 12 years of age, Pineaha wowed the Judges with his confidence and his Rap entitled “Different Reflections”, winning $500 vouchers

New this year – the People’s Choice Award

Voted for by the audience of the evening went to Harete Burnett  – prize an acoustic guitar.

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2017

Overall Winner Te Rii Pirihi

From Opotiki with her catchy song and superb voice “Violence is not the Key” – winning up to 8 hours recording Studio Time & a music video courtesy of Outlet Productions, and $700 Vouchers sponsored by Mr Kebab.

Outstanding Performance Made Alive

Kauri Jackson, Sophie Van Der Gulick, Christian Van Der Gulick, Bleyne Heberley, Jalen Heberley for their song “Victim of Love” , winning $500 vouchers sponsored by Mr Kebab

Outstanding Lyrics The Smorgasbord Experience

Keegan Armstrong, Benjamin Jackson, Irimako Knez, Darwin Lambourne, Matthew Lloyd with their song “In the Wake”, winning $500 vouchers sponsored by Mr Kebab

2016

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

Went to 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

Went to 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.

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2015

Overall Winners:  Harmonics

Aneska Marks & Te Arahina Webster Yr 10 Students from Edgecumbe College.  Their winning song “Say NO to violence”.  Prize: $400 Music Vouchers for Outlet Productions, Studio time at Outlet Productions, where their song will be turned into a CD and then played on local radio stations.

Strong Performance:

M.R: Niharau Smith & Ray Charles from Kawerau, 16 & 18 years of age.  Their winning song “Loud and Proud”.  Prize: $200 Music Vouchers for Outlet Productions and an Alvarez Sunburst Guitar with Strap and Case.

Strong Lyrics:

Hohepa Waenga:  Solo artist from Kawerau, 15 years of age.  Attends Tarawera High School.  Was part of Maori Boys in Action, who won the Strong Performance Category last year.  His song entitled “Reaching for the Sky”.  Prize: $200 Music Vouchers for Outlet productions and 2 tickets to see Ed Sheeran in Auckland in December.

Strong Musical Arrangement:

Opposed Trend: Rock Band from Whakatane. Rebecca Barton, Tyson Turnbull, Morgana Gray, Brodie Miller. 16, 17, 16, 18 years of age.  Recently performed at the Smokefree Rock Quest.  Attend Whakatane High School.  Their song  entitled “Tear stained Page”.

2014

Overall Winner : Reon Mahalia

Aged 17 yrs old from Whakatane, with her song ”I don’t wanna live like this”

Summary: About someone in and then surviving an abusive relationship

Strong Lyrics

Trilliont – trio of Hoani, TJ and Pania from Whakatane with their song “Tears in the Rain”.  Pania was our youngest entrant at just 13 years of age.  Their song was about being bullied and family violence

Strong Vocal

Dora- sings about finding self confidence and self worth and being true to yourself and not conforming to pressure from society and peers.

Strong Performance

Maori Boys in Action with their awesome rap about violence in whanau and bullying

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2013

Overall Winner : Manawa Toa 

‘Take This Away’ Wins Teen Violence Song Quest

Manawa Toa took the top prize in the Yeah Nah anti-violence eastern bay of plenty song quest at the weekend with their song ‘Take This Away’.

The band, from Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake O Tawhiuau in Murupara, wowed judges with their unique synthesised song.

Second prize

Went to solo act Conall Aird, a Year 13 student from Trident High School in Whakatane with his song called ‘She Rose’.

Third prize

Went to 15 year old Ducky, otherwise known as Jess, with a solo act from Te Apiti Hou in Whakatane singing her song ‘No More Pain’.