North Shore Schools Competition


15 June 2021


After careful consideration, much arguing & fierce debates, judges were able to select 6 winners from the 51 submissions. 2 runners up were selected instead of 1 second place due to the high caliber of the submissions.


Huge Congratulations to:


Intermediate winner

Cameron Beattie “Who Needs You” (Northcross Intermediate School)

2x Runners up

Maia Potter “Hollow” (Albany Primary School)

Eva Steckler “Biggest Mistake” (Belmont Intermediate School)


Secondary winner

Freya “Warm” (Takapuna Grammar)

2x Runners up

Grace Allis “Tidy Floor” (Albany Junior High School)

Leigh Edmeades “Beautiful Creatures” (Albany Junior High School)


The judges for this competition were Laughton Kora (Kora), Sven Pettersen (The Checks/Racing), Ed Knowles (The Checks/Racing), Taisha Tari (Artist) , Emme Lentino (Artist), Neil Baldock (Tui award winning engineer & Depot Sound Manager), Noah Page (NZ Music Commission Intern) & The Depot Artspace Team.

All winners receive 2 days of studio recording time, all runner-ups receive 1 day of studio recording time and all entrants receive a discounted $40+gst/hour rate for studio recording until 31 Jan 2022.

Huge thanks to all entrants, teachers & parents.


3 May 2021

Submit an original song


Depot Sound is thrilled to be launching this new initiative as part of New Zealand Music Month. 

We look forward to working with the next generation of young musicians and we have a great panel of expert judges who are excited to hear your original tracks!

There are 2 divisions for this year which are Intermediate school and Secondary school divisions:

Winners of each division receives 2 days Studio time @ Depot Sound with Guest Industry Mentors 

Runners up of each division receives 1 day studio time @ Depot Sound

All submissions receive
A discounted rate of $40 Per Hour + GST valid until 31st of January 2022. (Limited to 8 hours studio time). Any time used above this will be charged at the normal studio rate.

See Terms and Conditions for details.

Winners to be announced June 15th
Winners will be contacted via email

One song per band/artist*
*An artist in a group/band can also submit one individual song

For any inquiries please email:

  • Max. file size: 24 MB.
    Please note there is a 24MB limit on song uploads
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, Max. file size: 2 MB.
    .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt files accepted. 2MB file size limit.