Privacy Policy

Play it Strange is a charitable trust registered in New Zealand (Registration number CC11342) (referred to in this policy as the Trust, we, us or our). This is our current privacy policy for all personal information collected and held by the Trust in relation to individuals.  By providing the Trust with personal information you consent to the Trust collecting, holding, using and disclosing your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy unless otherwise agreed with you.

This privacy policy details how we comply with the Privacy Act 1993 and the New Zealand Privacy Principles which govern the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your information and data.

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes here so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances (if any) in which we disclose it.  We will not provide you with individual notice of any changes to our privacy policy unless we are required by law to seek your consent.

What information do we collect?

The Trust collects and uses personal information from patrons, donors, supporters, New Zealand secondary school students who enter our competitions, including songwriters and performers and certain New Zealand secondary school teachers who are involved with our competitions.  

Personal Information’ means information that can be used to personally identify you such as your name, physical address, email address, date of birth, contact phone number, and payment details.

Policy Elements

Personal Information is collected directly from you when you:

  • Enter one of our Competitions
    If you enter one of the competitions run by us, we require you to provide your full legal name, physical address, email address, telephone number, and secondary school (if applicable).  We ask you to provide these details for the purpose of collating information regarding building overall profiles of the people who are entering our competitions and corresponding with you about your entry in the competition.
  • Donate to the Trust
    You can donate to the Trust directly through our website or at one of our events.  If you donate to  us we may collect your full name, email address, contact phone number payment details and other Personal Information for the purpose of processing your donation and adding you to our database of donors (unless you have specifically requested not to be added to our database). Where a patron, donor or supporter wishes to remain anonymous, we record that request along with any requests to be excluded from our mailing list.
  • Enter our Strange World
    If you become part of our Strange World friends and patrons programme we may collect Personal Information about you.

We may also collect Personal Information about you if you:

  • Subscribe to our newsletters or other mailing lists: we will request your full name and a valid email
  • Visit our website: you may provide Personal Information in the course of accessing, browsing, using or otherwise interacting with our Website (e.g. by completing an online form)
  • Contact us: we may collect Personal Information when you contact us via our website, email, telephone or otherwise

It is your choice to provide Personal Information to us. Wherever it is lawful and practicable, you have the option not to identify yourself when interacting with us. Please be aware that if you do not wish to provide your Personal Information, we may not be able to process your competition entry or donation.


We collect information through our Website which utilises cookies, pixel tags and other tracking technologies (collectively Cookies). Cookies are small packets of data that are downloaded onto your device when you access a website. Cookies hold specific information that helps a website ‘remember’ your actions and preferences over time.  Cookies can stay on your device temporarily or until you manually delete them. You can adjust your browser settings at any time to block Cookies, however please note that doing so may limit your access to some of our website’s content and features.  We may use cookies to track non-personally identifiable information such as usage and volume statistics for research and marketing purposes and to further develop our website.

How we use your personal information

We collect or obtain Personal Information for the operation of the Trust’s activities, including:

  • Running competitions relating to songwriting and musical performance for New Zealand secondary school students;
  • Processing payments from donors, patrons and supporters;
  • Sending receipts and thank you notes for donations;
  • Informing supporters, donors, patrons and New Zealand secondary school students about upcoming events of the Trust;
  • Internal analysis and record keeping;
  • Any other purpose indicated at the time the Personal Information is supplied to us.

For the avoidance of doubt, we will only use, and you authorise us to use, your Personal Information for these purposes or as otherwise authorised by you or where required by law.  We will not sell, rent, or licence any of your Personal Information.

Opt Out

We recognise your right to opt out from direct marketing, and as such these consents can be modified at any time by emailing us or clicking unsubscribe on any direct marketing communications.

Who we disclose your personal information to

You agree and consent to us disclosing your Personal Information to:

  • Employees, contractors, and officers of the Trust;
  • Authorities, including police, regulators or as otherwise required by law.

For the avoidance of doubt, all employees, consultants, contractors and agents of ours are bound by New Zealand’s privacy laws.

Your rights to your information

In accordance with the Privacy Act, you have the right to access, review and update the Personal Information we hold about you.  You can update your details with us at any time by emailing us. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to maintain the truth, accuracy, and completeness of your information and we shall have no liability to you or any third party arising from your failure to keep your information up to date.

Storage and security of personal information

We store your Personal Information either electronically or in hard copy format.  All Personal Information that we hold electronically is stored on secure servers to limit the risk of loss, disclosure or unauthorised access.  For online payments we use processing services with international reputations.  We do not have access to your credit card or account details sent to those processing services and we do not electronically store such information.  All Personal Information that we hold in hard copy format we store at our registered office as noted on the Charities Register (  All Personal Information we hold, whether it is in physical or electronic format, is only kept for as long as is necessary for the Trust to carry out its activities and all Personal Information held in physical format is shredded after seven years.

No security measures are, however, 100% secure so we cannot guarantee the security of your information or data at any time. To the extent permitted by law, we accept no liability for any breach of security, or direct hacking of our security measures, or any unintentional disclosure, loss or misuse of any information or data or for the actions of any third parties that may obtain any information or data.

Not withstanding the above, we acknowledge our obligation to report any data breach that is likely to risk the rights and freedoms of natural persons to the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner. We will also inform you, where possible, if your data has been breached in the circumstance where it poses a risk of serious harm or your rights and freedoms.


Thank you for taking the time to read our privacy policy. If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy, you can reach our privacy officer at:

Play it Strange
Attention: Privacy Officer
PO Box 37194, Parnell, Auckland 1151

If you are not satisfied with our handling of your Personal Information, or have any other concern about our privacy policy, then you may lodge a formal complaint with New Zealand Privacy Commissioner
(for more information see

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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