Privacy Policy

Information Security Policy (ISP)

Policy Purpose and Brief

Play it Strange Trust (PIS) is committed to providing assurance to their people, their customers and other external stakeholders that security is being managed appropriately and that we seek to operate in controlled and secure environments.

Information refers to any content whatever its medium whether written on paper or stored in any form electronic, hard-copy or otherwise including but not limited to sound, visual or audio-visual recordings. Information security in the context of this ISP means the preservation of confidentiality and integrity of information and prevention of unauthorised disclosure of Information.

Sensitive Information means any information which by its nature ought to be kept confidential and its integrity maintained; the disclosure of which could cause damage, harm or other loss to 9 Spokes and its customers.

PIS people are responsible for information security and therefore must understand and comply with this policy. It is important that all PIS people are aware of their responsibilities and follow the applicable and/or documented procedures relevant to their roles. Also, all Trustees, partners and other third parties should be made aware of their obligations with respect to security of Information.


This ISP applies to all of PIS and all their Security Stakeholders, wherever they are located and however they access information.

In addition to the above, contractual and/or business relationships with our customers and other third parties may include agreed information security provisions and PIS people are required to comply with any security plan developed as part of any contract.

Policy Elements

The elements of this ISP, with respect to all of PIS information and/or 3rd party information entrusted into PIS's care and/or control are to preserve the:

  • Confidentiality of Information - ensuring that information remains secure and is only accessible to those authorised to have access
  • Integrity of Information assets - preserving the validity and accuracy of information, through prevention of accidental, unauthorised or malicious modification
  • Availability of the information – ensuring that information is made available when required and in a timely manner, while taking into account the method of access.

PIS’s aim is to provide adequate protection against breach of confidentiality, integrity and availability for all Information across various and changing media and / or devices and to comply with the appropriate legislation.

Security Education

In some cases, specific customer projects and / or contracts with PIS have the potential to have unique security requirements and it is the responsibility of the PIS Finance Manager to ensure that these requirements are addressed and managed.

Where a specific need is identified, extra guidance and training will be provided for employees on a case by case basis as necessary to manage the particular security aspects.

The Finance Manager will ensure all members of staff recognize their responsibility for Information security and comply with the ISP and additional supporting policies as they are introduced.

Management of Personal Data

Policy Brief

This Policy sets forth how PIS will manage the Personal Data that it collects in the normal course of business.


Specifically, this Policy applies to:

This policy is designed to inform all associates about their obligation to protect the privacy of all individuals and the security of their Personal Data.

Use of Personal Data

During day-to-day business operations, authorised individuals within PIS will from time-to-time make use of Personal Data. Specifically, Personal Data may be used as follows:

  • To identify a Data Subject personally;
  • To communicate with a Data Subject;
  • To comply with human resource requirements;
  • To comply with government regulations;
  • To run the business and competitions.

Handling of Personal Data/Staff Responsibilities

In our day to day tasks we may all come across some forms of data and information of which some may contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII)-this type of information and data requires utmost care and proper handling at all times. Below are some ways of handling PII and other sensitive data and information:

  • Only share, i.e. email, disclose or otherwise publish what is necessary.
  • Ensure that the persons or mediums you share PII with are authorised and have a legitimate need to see the information.
  • Ensure that only the requested/necessary information is shared or disclosed.
  • Ensure that reports being requested via email are provided via a link to the source system/database where the report is stored. This option is preferred over embedding/attaching and emailing.
  • Where emailing of reports, statements, spreadsheets containing PII and other sensitive information, make sure that it is encrypted.
  • Report any data incidents, mistakes, concerns to the Trust Chairman as soon as possible.  
  • Most importantly, if unsure, ask.

Remember, any data breaches and findings of careless use and disclosure of PII can lead to substantial financial penalties and irreparable credibility and reputational impacts for 9 Spokes.

Integrity of Personal Data

The Trust will take reasonable steps that Personal Data and Sensitive Data are:

  • Obtained, where possible, directly from the Data Subject to whom the Personal Data relates;
  • Obtained and processed fairly and lawfully by PIS for its required purposes;
  • Relevant to and no more revealing than is necessary for required purposes; and
  • Kept up to date to maintain data accuracy, while data is under the control of PIS and kept only for so long as is reasonably necessary.

Policy Elements

PIS informs Data Subjects about the purposes for which Personal Data is collected and used.

PIS takes steps to make sure that the Personal Data it uses is correct.

PIS will allow Data Subjects reasonable access to Personal Data about themselves during normal working hours and upon reasonable request and will be allowed to update and/or correct any inaccurate information.

PIS will have various deadlines to respond to information requests.

Password Use Policy

Policy Purpose and brief

The purpose of this policy is to outline password management at PIS. These rules are in place to protect the employee and PIS. Inappropriate use exposes PIS to risks including virus attacks, compromise of network systems, data management and services and legal issues.

A fundamental component of our information security policy is controlling access to the critical information resources that require protection from unauthorized disclosure or modification.

Access control is permissions are assigned to individuals or systems that are authorized to access specific resources.  Access controls exist at various layers of the system, including the network.  In some cases, a user is identified by login ID & password.  


Passwords are the primary authentication method for The Company’s IT resources. Passwords ensure that only authorised individuals have access to specific computer systems and establish accountability for all changes made to system resources. Badly chosen passwords significantly endanger the information that they are supposed to protect.

Policy elements

Password Composition

  • Passwords must be at least eight characters long.
  • Passwords must be composed of alphanumeric characters (alphabet – A..Z, a...z and numbers – 0..9).
  • Passwords must include non-alphanumeric or special characters (e.g. ! £; $; ); (; %; &; *; #; @; ?; {; }; [; ]; =; +; >; <; “;)
  • Your username or variations of the username should not be embedded in your password.
  • Passwords must not be blank. Passwords must not be based on personal information (e.g. names of families, pets, name of your street, car registration numbers, telephone numbers)

Password Management

  • Passwords should not be written down, emailed or spoken.
  • Passwords must be kept confidential and not shared with colleagues. This does not apply to generic departmental passwords, where a group manages the password.
  • Passwords should not be typed or saved in electronic documents
  • Passwords must not be revealed to anyone over the phone.
  • Passwords must not be included in any automated login process.
  • New passwords must not bear any relation to the old password.
  • Passwords must not be reused for at least 8 cycles.
  • Passwords must be unique from previous passwords. The previous passwords should not be re-used.

Changing Your Password

Passwords must be changed under any one of the following circumstances:

  • At least every three months, however this is under continual review.
  • Immediately, if a password has been compromised or after you suspect that a password has been compromised.

About us

Come inside our world

Songwriting is a craft of the imagination and we believe that the creative environment surrounding songwriters should foster, expose and celebrate these songs. 

We run songwriting competitions with lyric, Maori language, Peace Song awards and others alongside. And we record at least 40 finalists each year in professional recording studios.

Songwriting, performance, and recording are the three pivots of our music evolution.

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NZ Songwriters have their own take on what makes songwriting a vibrant, creative practice - read their fresh perspectives in our Songwriters Speak page

Songwriters Speak

2017 Play It Strange Album

Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition Finalists - songs are free to stream and download

2018 Deadlines

We've designed a poster with all key deadlines and dates for our competitions. Make sure to stick them in your calendar!

Further information about each competitions entry requirements can be found below in our "Competitions" section. 

Online entry forms are now available for each competition.

Download the PDF and print it out, stick it up at school and hand it out to friends, get the word out there!

Download and Print

Different by May Zeng

Winner of the 2017 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition 

Director/Producer: Mareea Vegas / DOP: Kent Belcher / Art dept: Alex Matthews / Editor: Zac Blair /
Post production: Henry Williamson @ Thievery Studio / Hair: Luci Hare / Makeup: Tiveshni Naidoo / Clothing: Thanks to Lela Jacobs
Special thanks to NZ On Air for their Special Tracks grant which covered the recording and film making.


Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition


The National Secondary School Songwriting Competition is the flagship programme of the Play It Strange Trust.

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Peace Song Competition


This competition seeks songs with the lyrics embodying a focus on Peace. N.B. We are unable to offer the Hiroshima Exchange prizes this year.

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Who Loves Who Competition


The Winner and all Finalists have been announced.
For all secondary school students in NZ.
The competition is judged based on the originality of the cover you choose to rearrange and sing, written and performed by a kiwi artist.
Supported by a Music Grant from Recorded Music NZ.

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Strange Art


Play It Strange presents a Cover Art competition to celebrate all creatives at New Zealand Secondary Schools. 

This competition seeks an Album Artwork for the front cover of the 2018 Play It Strange Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition.

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What we do

We do all sorts of cool projects

Play It Strange has worked for over 10 years, striving to provide secondary students with a platform they can use to pursue their musical adventures. We've held concerts, workshops and competitions, all with the intentions to provide the right environment from which students can gain confidence, self-belief and an impetus for a career path they would like to follow.

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Songwriting is now an NCEA achievement standard

Songwriting will be offered as Level 3 NCEA achievement standard beginning 2017 - a victory!

Get Involved

Strange Friends

Patrons, Strange Friend Stars and our Strange Friends are a crucial and valuable community that support us.

We would love you to come on board.
All donations are tax deductible.

If you are interested in becoming a Platinum Patron or Strange Friends Star or indeed support Play It Strange in any way please give us a call, we would love to catch up and talk.

Email Us(09) 377 7919

Songwriting at University of Waikato

University of Waikato have completed their first Songwriting paper

University of Waikato summer paper ‘Introduction To SONGWRITING’ has just finished.
Students have finalised the tracking of their two songs and the results are very cool.

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I Know This To Be True was conceived and assembled by Geoff Blackwell of PQ Blackwell, and Ric Salizzo. It is a book about truth, beauty and wisdom. "Sixty New Zealanders in the middle of interesting lives talk about what really matters, truth and beauty, and the things they hold dear to their hearts."

Royalties from the book sales will be forwarded to PLAY IT STRANGE to further their website and school programmes.

I Know This To Be True is an incredible collection of New Zealanders discussing what it is that is important to them. PQ Blackwell have generously donated all profits from book sales to Play It Strange. We cannot thank them enough for their support of Play It Strange, and we are so grateful to be part of such a rich, inspiring project.

The book is available for purchase from any good book store in New Zealand and online. Go and get one and enjoy!

Listen to more of our songs here 

The songs on our Bandcamp are free to stream and download. Go crazy. They are there for your listening.


See what our Alumni are up to

Play It Strange songwriters that have had their songs recorded for the annual CD are making cool inroads out into the world. Their career paths were fuelled from their time at school during which they sent their songs into our competitions and triumphed.

Here we have a selection of those who hit the ground running when they left school. With songwriting, performance and recording experience they were capable and poised for action.

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Happy customers and clients

CUSTOMERS: Those philanthropic institutions, individuals, grants bodies and funding agencies. We applaud their generosity in supporting us and their focus on the benefits we bring to the society around us.

CLIENTS: The songwriters and performers that bring their imaginative craft and performing skills to bear and we are all rewarded. From the secondary school songwriting competitions to the recording sessions for the top 40 songs.

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We Are One

A Concert for Autism

Watch Seven Sharp's story on our WE ARE ONE - Concert for Autism here

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