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Great chance for young musicians
By NICOLA MURPHY
Musical messages: Co-ordinator Simon Matafai encourages young people to enter the
Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest.
Photo: NICOLA MURPHY
Go to www.aucklandcity
harbournews.co.nz and click on
latest edition to watch a video on
the Global Youth Music Contest.
A talented Avondale man is doing his
part to change the world through
Simon Matafai is the national co-
ordinator of the Rio+20 Global Youth
Music Contest being run in conjunc-
tion with the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a
conference on sustainable development
held in Brazil in June.
Mr Matafai is promoting the contest
within New Zealand and is looking for
people up to the age of 30 to write and
perform their own music and upload a
video to the competition's website.
Viewers will vote on their favourite
from those entered around the world
and the two winners, one aged under
15 and one aged between 15 and 30,
will be flown to Rio de Janeiro to per-
form their music at the conference.
It's a creative way for youth to voice
our concerns for the future,'' Mr
That could mean anything from
unemployment and a lack of job
opportunities to natural disasters.
It's a once-in-a-lifetime oppor-
tunity. You could be on your way to
showcasing your music and your
messages to the world.''
That's something the 23-year-old
knows a lot about.
He returned to New Zealand from
Durban, South Africa, in December
where he represented New Zealand at
the United Nations Climate Change
Conference as a youth delegate.
Mr Matafai hopes to boost Pacific
Island representation at these events
because of the drastic effect climate
change has on that part of the world.
New Zealand youth delegate co-
convener Rachel Dobric worked with
Mr Matafai during the South African
conference and suggested he put his
name forward to be the Global Youth
Music Contest national co-ordinator.
Simon has a great deal of experi-
ence in music and working with youth.
He has the ability to build networks
and appeal to people,'' she says.
Entries close on March 18. Voting
opens the following day and closes on
Visit www.global-rockstar.net for more
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