The Jam Bus is a new 'Play It Strange' initiative that sends a mobile recording studio - complete with an engineer and producer - to schools, where budding young musicians have the opportunity to record their very own pop songs. Nick Atkinson went to meet the young talent at some Auckland schools - Remuera Intermediate and Red Hill Primary.
The New Zealand Ukulele Festival at the Trusts Arena at Henderson in Auckland is the biggest ukulele festival in the world, and includes a performance by the world's largest ukulele orchestra, which is made up of three-thousand young musicians. The headline act is James Hill - who's described as one of the world's greatest ukulele players.
The Raukatauri Music Therapy centre has just celebrated its 10th birthday. Despite the growing demand for music therapy, the Auckland centre remains the only music therapy centre in New Zealand. Each week 200 people have therapy sessions at RMTC's Grey Lynn villa or as part of the centre's outreach programmes in schools, early childhood centres and rest homes.