Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

2018 Winner

LA Baby

Laura Griffiths
Sacred Heart Girls' College
New Plymouth

2018 LION FOUNDATION FINALISTS

FIRST PLACE
LA Baby
Sacred Heart Girls' College (New Plymouth)
Laura Griffiths

PwC SCHOOL OF THE YEAR (for having the most finalist songs)
Green Bay High School

David Richwhite Lyric Award
Smile
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Liam Nuttall


Junior Maioha Award (for best song in Te Reo Maori)
Rangiātea
Tai Wānanga ki Ruakura (Hamilton)
Zyah Greening


Any Kinda Good Reason
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Heidi Simpson

Be Who You Are
Manurewa High School
Chris Alaimalo
Matthew Time

Breakaway
St Andrew's College (Christchurch)
George White

Camouflage
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Leea Roughan
Ellen Taylor
Claire Watson

Cheeky Cheeky
St Kevin's College (Oamaru)
Madeleine Harrop

Coming To Terms
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Liam Nuttall
Jono Long
George Moore
Lachlan Aspey-Gordon
Chris Browne

Dancing In Your Flames
Kaipara College (Auckland)
Floyd Clark
Alyssa Cafe
Morgan Costello
Grace Cameron
Finn Gowthorpe

Dignity
Kristin School (Auckland) and Rosmini College (Auckland)
Matisse Reynolds
Carlo Marinovich 


Dinner Plate
Chilton St James School (Wellington)
Tara Canton

Flowers of Summer
Pukekohe High School (Auckland)
Ella Barwick

Fun and Games
Gisborne Girls' High School
Sam Booth

Go With You
St Andrew's College (Christchurch)
Luca Newman

Finalists Continued

Good Tripp
Napier Boys' High School
Harry Champion

Green
Albany Senior High School (Auckland)
Alex Goal

Hills
Nelson College For Girls
Gina Hill
Kyrah Brocks
Alice Bathgate
Neih Neih Hlawnceu


Holy
Hamilton Girls' High School
Bryre Aish

Home Sweet Home
Tolaga Bay Area School (East Cape)
Rangituia Gray
Chayne Riki


How Can I
Manurewa High School (Auckland)
Tatiana Tonumaivau

Japan
Rangi Ruru Girls' School (Christchurch)
Sophie Haley

Julia Peculiar
Hagley Community College (Christchurch)
Rongomai Callaghan
Naish'n Morgan


Just Like You
Liston College (Auckland)
Cameron Halberg

Key To Life
ACG Parnell College (Auckland)
Alina Wang
Abella Wang


Lady Ambition
Diocesan School For Girls (Auckland)
Olivia Couillault
Sarah Casey
Ally Quatermass
Eloise Cameron-Smith

Late Last October
Birkenhead College (Auckland)
Payge Swanson
Reuben Tan

Lay Me Down
Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School (Auckland)
Leo Crawshaw-Bond
Tom Chamberlain

Messenger
Feilding High School
Leona Bradfield

Move Aside
Hauraki Plains College (Ngatea)
Letitia Mackenzie

Pet Peeves
Gisborne Girls High School
Eve Mulligan

Rangiātea
Tai Wānanga ki Ruakura (Hamilton)
Zyah Greening

Finalists Continued

Saved Me
Gisborne Girls' High School
Waimiria Coffey

Say It To Me
Hamilton Girls' High School
Kaleesha Messent

See All Of You
Gisborne Girls' High School
Grace Cleland-Pottie
Alice Jenkins

Smile
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Liam Nuttall

Stay With Me
De La Salle College (Auckland)
Anton Haines

Stephanie
Green Bay High School (Auckland)
Chris MacClure
Cameron Whitworth
Kaleth Knight

Tear Myself Apart
Katikati College
Louie Campbell

Terracotta Tiled World
Wakatipu High School (Queenstown)
Hannah Combe
Zak Komene
Becky Reid

Till The Morning After
Westlake Girls' High School (Auckland)
Eimear Kelly

Tripping On Love
Nelson College For Girls
Issy Anderson
Ngawai Tia
Grace Friend
Alice Dowse

We Had The Days
Westlake Girls' High School (Auckland)
May Zeng

Where I Stay
Manurewa High School (Auckland)
Sonatane Kaufusi

Who Are You To Say?
Papatoetoe High School (Auckland)
Evalyn Henare-Monga

Winter (Let It Go)
Wellington High School & Community Education Centre
Gwendoline Palmer Steeds

You
Baradene College (Auckland)
Marianne Leigh


PEACE SONG COMPETITION
Auckland Winner

Mad Men
Silika Isaia
Papatoetoe High School

National Winner (Excluding Auckland)
Mama
Breanna Keepa
Gisborne Girls' High School

About Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

- NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION -

The National Secondary School Songwriting Competition is the flagship programme of the Play It Strange Trust. The finalists (usually numbering 50) have their songs recorded at a professional recording studio.  Each recorded song is mastered and included on the annual Play It Strange album.

The album is available for free downloading and/or streaming.

- CALL FOR ENTRIES -

 The nationwide competition opens in early February of each year and closes end of July. Specifics are on the entry form.

- PROCESS -

All the entries are listened to and judged by an experienced panel. Each song is judged 50% on lyrics and 50% on the music.

There are three specific awards within the competition. 

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Junior Maioha (best song in Te Reo Maori)
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David Richwhite Lyric Award (best lyrics)
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Play It Strange PWC School Of The Year (most songs in the final list)

All past Lion Foundation Songwriting Competiton finalists

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