Yeah Nah 2015 quest success
12 August 2015
THE Eastern Bay’s annual Yeah, Nah It’s Not Ok Eastern Bay song quest on Saturday was labelled a success by one of the concert’s organisers.
Family Works family violence response co-ordinator and one of the event’s organisers Helen Holt said it was really growing and she was already looking forward to the 2016 competition.
The evening of speeches and music with an anti-violence message debuted original songs from groups and individuals aged 13 to 19 at Whakatane’s Liberty Centre.
Edgecumbe duo Harmonics, comprising Edgecumbe College year 10 students Aneska Marks and Te
Arahina Webster, won the overall grand prize with their song Say NO to Violence.
It includes studio time, sponsored by Outlet Productions, to record their song and airplay on Eastern Bay radio stations.
Te Arahina said her most memorable moment was being on stage and promoting the message that violence was not the answer.
“To just be out there singing our song from the heart and it was reaching out to all the people that have to deal with violence on a daily basis, and also getting cheered on and getting all the support,” Aneska said.
Kawerau musician Hohepa Waenga won the award for best lyrics, and Kawerau group M.R won best performance.
Opposed Trend, from Whakatane, won best musical arrangement.
Photo: KAWERAU TEAM: Miharo Smith is a member of Kawerau group M.R.
Source: Whakatane Beacon