CSO in Residence - Noho Taupua

Karawhiua! Let's Play!

Teams of CSO musicians embed themselves in primary schools across Te Waipounamu. Over the course of a week, students from every class and every year group develop highly creative music-based projects that are designed to develop students' love for music, and also uses it as a vector for personal growth.

Interested in Karawhiua! Let's Play! for your school?


Presented at both Christchurch Men's and Christchurch Women's prisons, our Platform programme seeks to use music as a bridge to wellbeing. In addition to developing specific music skills participants are able to express their unique voices and in doing so, develop an awareness of who they are and who they want to be. Benefits identified by independent research company Ihi Research include enhanced whanaungatanga (a sense of kinship and belonging) and increased motivation to achieve, confidence, self-esteem, social competence and an openness to wider learning.

"I'm going to take what I've learned when I leave here .... [I] had anger management issues.... What I learned from this programme was patience ... patience of having to learn something that I didn't know. That calmed me down."

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Educational Resources

Karawhiua! Let's Play! post residency activities