Farewell from Carol22 May 2017
it is with some sad........
it is with some sad........
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.
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 http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201799992
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
From left: Jen Ryckaert, Michael Murphy (Written by Wolves), Yid-Ee Goh and Carol White
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, along 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."
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our thanks to Diana for arranging this very special visit and to our founder Hinewehi for the wonderful Powhiri welcome.