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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Exciting opportunity for youth to record ‘Struggle Street’

Participants from this year’s Northland Youth Summit had an inspiring opportunity at Wards Music Works on Friday to record a song they had written and composed in less than two days.

Northland Youth Summit, held earlier in the year, brought together an incredibly talented group of young individuals from all over Northland, including Izaia Tilialo, Rangimarie Harding, Manaia Soper and Abrigael Pussell-Flavell. Although they met for the first time in August they worked extremely hard to produce a well written meaningful song and on Friday they got the opportunity to reunite to record their song “Struggle Street” at Big Door Studio.

’ is a great message to youth across Northland and will be released in the new year.

They were joined in the studio by Northland Youth Summit mentors Jessie Samu, Otium lead singer, Paul Mathieson, music teacher and Winiata Morunga, from Whangarei Youth Space who provided encouragement and professional experience as well as Brendon White from Wards Music Works who offered his expertise in recording.

It’s important for youth to recognise that there is a support system out there for them and maybe by hearing other youth openly sing about the ‘taboo’ topic it might encourage someone to reach out. Northland Youth Summit is a free annual event held throughout the region aimed at supporting and giving youth opportunities.

Need to talk to someone? Please call Youthline 0800 376 633