New Pukekohe satellite to launch


One of our aims here at the Centre is to enable all those in need to access our services. To that end we have been launching satellites across Auckland allowing people to come to us more readily. Our first satellite in Titirangi has proven so popular we are there for 1.5 days per week, and we also offer our services in Orewa and Otara.

We are therefore excited to announce that, starting in October 2017, we will be offering sessions in Pukekohe. Taking place on Fridays we are offering both individual and group sessions. Information on the two new group programmes – Mini Explorers and Music Explorers – can be found on the Groups section of our website. For those interested in individual sessions please refer to the information on our How to Get Started Page.

Music Therapist Tori Gac will be out in Pukekohe from 20th October and we are delighted to be truly providing our services right across Auckland!

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Getting set for Kids' Jam


RMTC and AUT’s School of Interprofessional Health Studies will be teaming up later in the year to offer a music therapy group at AUT’s new Northmed Health Clinic.  The Kids’ Jam group is designed for children ages 6-10 who need extra support to participate in school and community activities and who would benefit from opportunities to practice social engagement. 

RMTC’s participation in this new initiative has been funded by the NZ Music Foundation and we’re thrilled that our team will be working with students and professors from AUT’s occupational therapy, physio therapy and nursing degrees to start this interprofessional programme. 

If you know of a child who might benefit from this group, which be held on Tuesday afternoons beginning in August, or would like further information, please contact Jen at

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Heard about music therapy and want to know more? 


As part of music therapy week we are running an information morning for year 12 and year 13 students considering a career in music therapy. 

Date:  Monday 3rd July 2017

Time: 9.00-10.30am

Those that attend will get the opportunity to speak with registered music therapists about who they work with, the settings in which music therapy is delivered, and what music therapy is. Student music therapists will also share about training in NZ and internationally. You’ll get the chance to have a look around the Centre, watch selected video and get an experiential taste of music therapy at Raukatauri.

Places are strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. The deadline to register is 28th June. To register your interest please email stating your name, school, school year, and contact phone number.

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 Million Dollar Mission Funds 

On Tuesday May 9, the Trust Foundation presented the 30 charities involved in the Million Dollar Mission fund with their cheques for funds raised. Rachel and Carol were delighted to collect the cheque for Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre and meet many of the other worthy charity recipients.


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And again our thanks to all of you who voted for us and rallied friends and whanau to vote as well.

Family Feud All Stars South Team Raise $3,144 for RMTC


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It was the battle of the North vs the South Island on TV3's Family Feud All Stars last night, with both teams playing in support of local charities - the South for the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.  With the scores going backward and forward between both teams, it was a close contest right up until the final round. Luckily the South team rose to the challenge and won the game - earning the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre $3,440 in the process. Our thanks to our two ambassadors Jason Kerrison and Boh Runga for forming the team and to Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Jason Faafoi for playing on our behalf. 

R2R December Workshop


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In early December we welcomed Counsellor Simon Faulkner to the Centre to share with the team the Rhythm to Recovery Method. Based in Australia Simon uses drumming and other rhythmic based exercises to assist with social and emotional learning and recovery from trauma. RMTC staff and volunteers, along with other Music Therapists from the Auckland region, joined Simon for a two hour drumming workshop. The drumming circle was not only enjoyable for all involved but also highly informative, touching, and practical and the team is looking forward to incorporating these interventions and methods into their future sessions.


Radio New Zealand Upbeat Interview


On Monday May 9, our Executive Director Carol White was invited to speak with David Morris of Radio New Zealand's Upbeat programme. Here's the link to the interview


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       Carol with the Rainstick and Frog, she uses during the interview.


The interview concludes with the song Hineraukatauri, performed by our Centre founder Hinewehi Mohi. This is one of ten tracks from her album Raukatauri Te Puhi o te Tangi, which can be purchased from the Centre for $20. If you wish to purchase a copy, email us at



The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre would like to thank Catherine, Bernadette & the students of St Marys College, who came up with a great way or raising funds for the Centre, by getting sponsored for time spent practising their instruments. Your kind support goes a long way to help us continue to offer music therapy in order to  help change lives through music.






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Big Thanks to our latest fundraising supporters Written By Wolves!

Written By Wolves, is a progressive, new (2015), rock band with a heart of gold. All four Auckland members, Davie Wong, Karl Woodhams, Bahador Borhani and Michael Murphy have devoted their lives to Rock music, and it is out of this shared love for the genre that Written By Wolves was born. They are a band that have set out to do things slightly differently, to create music that is new, unique and perhaps pushes the boundaries of what is expected from the rock genre.

So when they decided to put on a show at the Kings Arms, rather than set a fee on the door they chose to make it entry by donation to a charity. "We were hoping that we could make Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre the charity for this show," wrote Michael in his email to the centre; YES PLEASE was our response. The gig was well attended on Labour Weekend raising almost $500 by all those who came. "The generosity of our fans exceeded expractations" says Michael about the night. "Everyone who came through the door were really generous. We're just glad we could do somthing for you guys." So are we Written By Wolves. So are we.

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Congratulations Hinewehi

Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre’s very own Hinewehi Mohi, has received The University of Waikato’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award!

The Centre’s co-founder, a008_DAA_25Sep15_optlong with Olympian Rob Waddell and investment specialist Peter Churchouse, were honoured for making outstanding contributions in their careers and communities, taking into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors.

“It was a really very special evening,” says Hinewehi - as all three recipients were gifted a commissioned cast-glass figure by award-winning artist Di Tocker at the black tie event which took place at the Hamilton Gardens’ Pavilion on September 25.

 “I was particularly thrilled to share the honour with my whanau who travelled up for Hawkes Bay, especially my Nanny who turns 90 in November.”

Hinewehi graduated from Waikato in 1985 with a BA in Maori and has had a career in television production spanning 30 years. Her own company Raukatauri Productions can also be credited for producing programming that supports the revitalisation of te reo me ona tikanga.

"I was inspired by my teachers’ Professors Timoti Karetu, Te Wharehuia Milroy and the late Dr Hirini Melbourne. I also loved to haka with Te Whare Wananga o Waikato kapa haka. This gave me a sound academic foundation on which to make my own contribution."

Hinewehi’s latest accolade follows a string of successes. From establishing the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in 2004 and naming it after her daughter Hineraukatauri, who has Cerebral Palsy, to becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Maori and a New Zealander of the Year semi-finalist.

But it will be the touring of her album Oceania – the first Maori language album to be released internationally – that is most prominently recalled. In Twickenham UK, Hinewehi was asked to sing our national anthem before a Rugby World Cup game, and stunned the crowd by singing it in te reo. Today it has become a sporting to tradition to sing both the Maori and English versions.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says Hinewehi is a stellar example of the calibre of the University's distinguished alumni.

"We are incredibly proud of Hinewehi's achievements. She has used her talents and leadership to make a difference in the worlds she inhabits – in television, Maori, the performing arts and in music therapy for children."

RMTC launches new Whanau Music Therapy Groups



As part of our programme to expand services, RMTC is pleased to offer two new Whanau (Family) Music Groups. 

In shared experiences with caregivers and a registered music therapist, children will engage with music and each other through singing, movement, instrument play and stories in these lively and nurturing weekly groups.  

RMTC’s Whanau Groups are designed to promote healthy early childhood development and are open to children with special needs, as well as their siblings and peers, since activities will focus on the development of motor, social, communication and cognitive skills that are universal to young children.

During Term 4, the Whanau Group for children ages 18 months through 3 years with caregivers will be held on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-9:30 from 21 October to 16 December.  For children ages 4 and 5 with caregivers the Whanau Group will be held on Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:30 from 23 October to 18 December. 

The cost is $180 per term for the first child and $135 per term for each additional child from the family.  A deposit equivalent to the first two weeks of the term will be invoiced upon receipt of your registration form which is attached to this email.  Registration forms are due to the Centre by Tuesday, 13 October. 

Please know that age groupings can be flexible depending upon developmental and family needs.  Our Clinical Development Manager, Jen Ryckaert, is happy to discuss accommodating individual circumstances if you are interested in the groups but not sure if they are right for your child.  She can be reached on (09)360-0889 or at  


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Despite howling wind and pouring rain, over 295 people braved the weather to attend our ninth Gala Auction Evening and celebrate our first eleven years in operation. A big thank you to all who gave their time and energy to make the Gala such a successful event!

Our gracious hosts’ Liz Marvelly and Te Radar, kept the evening flowing with equal measures of information about what we do and what we need ($750,000) to continuing doing it. While our guest speakers, parents' Tony and Annie generously shared the journey and impact music therapy has had on their son and family's life. 

Barfoot & Thompson auctioneer Tony Loughran led the live auction, encouraging a bidding frenzy on many unique items. Even Sir Graham Henry got into the spirit of things by offering $1000 to see Ms Marvelly and our founder and fellow rugby test match national anthem singer, Hinewehi Mohi, perform God Defend New Zealand both in English and Te Reo. 

To all the businesses, organisations and individuals who kindly donated goods for the live and silent auction, we thank you. To our entertainment courtesy of Fly My Pretties, superb! Our thanks also to our hardworking Board of Trustees who helped make the evening such a success. And finally our thanks to all the volunteers who ensured the night ran smoothly. With your support we are able to continue to changes the lives of children and young people with special needs, through music.

Thank you Auckland

It's been a few months since we all donned our trainers and ran or walked the 2014 Ports of Auckland Round The Bays Event. Thank you our team of 70 runners and walkers on the day and to those of you who sponsored friends colleagues and family members. We're hoping to do it all again next year. 

We currently have 25 children on our subsidy programme and this donation will enable us to offer another ten children fully subsidised music therapy sessions for six months. Thank you to Ports of Auckland and Fairfax Media.


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Christmas Raffle Winners 2013

The lucky winners of the 2013 Christmas raffle were

1st Prize  - Micro Scooter       Bruce King

2nd Prize  - Wiggles pack       Nicola Crawshaw

3rd Prize - Nosh Hamper         Kate Paterson

Our thanks to Micro Scooters, Diana Goulding and the Wiggles, and Nosh Ponsonby for donation of the raffle prizes and to parents, families, volunteers, staff and others who all helped sell the tickets. We raised over $1,900.  

A Special Visit From the Wiggles

This week we were thrilled to welcome The Wiggles to the Centre. Many of the children we work with are fans of The Wiggles, so it was extremely special for them to be able to meet The Wiggles and get autographs and photos with them. Many parents turned out to be equally big fans.

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Our thanks to Diana for arranging this very special visit and to our founder Hinewehi for the wonderful Powhiri welcome.