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First Regional Centre to open!

RMTC is thrilled to be opening its first Regional Centre – in Hawke’s Bay on the 6th of June!

Almost as soon as our founder, Hinewehi Mohi, and her family moved to Hawke’s Bay in 2016 she envisioned a Centre opening in the area so that her daughter Hineraukatauri and other individuals with special needs could more easily access music therapy services.  After a lots of planning, and an international search for the perfect music therapist to start the programme, RMTC hired University of Melbourne graduate and Registered Music Therapist Will Darbyshire (pictured below with RMTC client Georgia).

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Although Will is still new to RMTC (and New Zealand!) he says that he already feels quite at home, thanks to the supportive and caring team at RMTC.  “It has been wonderful to be surrounded by such great music making from the therapists, clients, and their families,” says Will,  “and I’m very much looking forward to continuing this level of compassion and love of music as I move down to Hawke’s Bay.”  Will found himself blown away by his first visit to Hawke’s Bay, and after initially being wowed by the beautiful weather during his visit, what struck him most about Hawke’s Bay was how open and friendly people were, and how willing they were to discuss and learn about music therapy.  Will says, “Hinewehi and her husband and fellow trustee George were very generous hosts during my visit, and through them I have begun to appreciate the beauty and cultural heritage of Hawke’s Bay.”  Sessions will be offered for both children and adults in Hawke’s Bay and we are currently accepting referrals.  Will is excited to get to know our new clients and says that those first few sessions when people begin to express themselves and show their personality through the music are particularly special to him.

Music therapy sessions will be offered Wednesday through Saturday in Hawke’s Bay and are available to both individuals and through group programmes.  Will shall be operating out of Tamatea High School in Napier Wednesday through Friday, and will then bring music therapy to the Havelock North Function Centre for Saturday sessions.  Please be in touch with us on 09 360 0889 or at info@rmtc.org.nz if you’d like more information or to make a referral. 

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