Rotorua song writing concert back for a second year

Rotorua song writing concert back for a second year

Following its launch last year, the Rotorua Song Writing Competition Te Manu Tito Waiata is returning in the lead up to New Zealand Music Month 2021.

Aimed at local musicians, songwriters, composers and lyricists, this competition aims to inspire local artists to get creative and write a song.

This year, as well as the $1,000 prize, the winner will have the opportunity to have their song recorded professionally.

Rotorua May Music Month Coordinator, Bobby Mihi Howard, is looking forward to seeing what the local community create.

“This is a great initiative that adds another level of support for local artists to share their unique talents with the wider community. There are incredibly creative people in Rotorua, and I look forward to showcasing the talents of our composers and songwriters,” says Mrs Howard.

‘Te Manu Tito Waiata’ refers to the birds of the forest that sing the sweetest songs and tell melodious tales. To sing a sweet song though, one must write beautiful lyrics and Rotorua is well known for its talented performers.

Entries must be received by Monday 3 May 2021 through our online entry form


The writer(s) must be a resident in the Rotorua District and the work must be an original song, with lyrics suitable for a family audience. Full terms and conditions are available in the entry form. 

Last year, for the inaugural competition, Jasmine Pene won ahead of 12 other entries for her song ‘Your Mind is the Garden’.

After graduating from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology only last year Jasmine said it was a massive honour and privilege to have her song chosen.

A wider programme of New Zealand Music Month events will be launched in April 2021.