Manaia Soper, Izaia Tilialo, Jesse Samu, Rangimarie Harding and Brendon White at Wards Music Works Big Door studio recording ‘Struggle Street’.
A song written by young people for young people encouraging them to ask for help when they need it will be released in the New Year.
Last Friday, a group of attendees from this year’s Northland Youth Summit gathered at Wards Music Works’ Big Door Studio to record a song they wrote and composed in less than two days.
Held earlier in the year, the summit brought together a group of young talent from across Northland, including musicians Izaia Tilialo, Rangimarie Harding, Manaia Soper and Abrigael Pussell-Flavell.
Although they first met at the event, they have worked hard to produce a meaningful song for the youth of Northland aimed at letting them know that there is a support system for them and to solicit this aid.
The hope is that hearing other young people sing openly about the “taboo” topic, it might encourage someone to seek help.
The group was joined in the studio by mentors from the Northland Youth Summit, Otium lead singer Jesse Samu, music teacher Paul Mathieson, who provided encouragement and professional experience, as well as Ward’s Music Works, Brendon White, who offered his recording expertise.
The message to young people – Need to talk to someone? Please call Youthline 0800 376 633.
Northland Youth Summit is a free annual event held across the region aimed at supporting and providing opportunities for young people.