2019 E Tū Whānau song competition open for entries

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E Tū Whānau is now accepting entries for their 2019 song competition.

The song competition highlights songs that inspire positive change and incorporate one or more of the six E Tū Whānau values:

"Aroha - giving with no expectation of return

Whanaungatanga - it’s about being connected

Whakapapa - knowing who you are and where you belong

Mana / Manaaki - building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging

Kōrero awhi - positive communication and actions

Tikanga - doing things the right way, according to our values"

The competition started in 2016. E Tū Whānau says:

"E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change in response to unacceptable levels of violence in NZ. It's about all of us taking responsibility to create the change we want, including changing bad attitudes and behaviour, and nurturing and celebrating the things that make whānau strong.

No matter how big or small, we can all make a difference and be responsible for creating positive change within our whānau, hapū, iwi and community.

Music has the power to move us, to make us laugh or cry, to capture our hearts and minds, and to inspire change. By entering the E Tū Whānau Song Competition 2019 you can make a positive difference and be in to win some great prizes!"

E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by the Māori Reference Group.

Songs can be entered from 22 July 2019 through 1 September 2019. There are two entry categories: Open Entry (any age) and Rangatahi (16 years and under). This year prize winners will be selected by competition judges only - not by voting.

See the E Tū Whānau 2019 Song Competition Rules for more details and how to enter and vote.

Read about previous song competitions and winning songs from 2016, 2017 and 2018. Also see our previous story Songs addressing family violence.

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