Sing Out Kiwi - Children For Changes

A music CD with 15 songs from the
Sing Out Kiwi children's song writing programme

CD Tracks

Sing Out Kiwi
The title track, Sing Out Kiwi, was written with the children of Liethfield Primary School and was premiered before Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip at a special Royal performance in Christchurch, NZ in November 1995. The song represented New Zealand at the children's International Environmental Conference in England and recognised that children will make a difference and need to be heard.

Kia Ora

This song is a genuine welcome to you from the children of St James Primary School, Christchurch. As this school has many Samoan students, the song features a verse in their language.

Counting On You

Written by Roger Lusby to give children a voice to the world through song, asking their elders to be careful with the environment and to leave a little for future generations.

Down By The Rive

Written with the children of Bamford Primary School, Christchurch and sponsored by Kiwianis, this song looks at the importance of children's back yards.

Everything Is Special

Created with the children of Westburn Primary School, Christchurch, this song recognises the children's love for everything that is special to them. They also wrote the music and played the instruments in the recording.

Sing for New Zealand

St. Mary’s Primary School Christchurch who created this song, see New Zealand through different eyes than their forefathers did  when God Defend New Zealand was written.
This song represents both the old and the new.  The colours represent green for the bush and our environmental attitude, blue for the skies and our commonwealth links, and gold for our sun, tussocks, autumn colours, and wealth from the gold ofour pioneering years. 


Canterbury Pride

In 1992 Trust Bank Canterbury arranged a public competition to find a song  Canterbury could call its own.  This winning song was written by Roger Lusby and sung by the children of Roydvale School.

The verse in Maori means:

Hold fast to the stories of Canterbury, in the days of your growing up.
Hold fast to the traditions / customs of Canterbury. 
Love to all the people.

Safe Stuff

Safe Stuff was written and recorded with Room 7, Rangiora Borough School.  The song reflects attitudes concerned with safer communities.
Safe Stuff was made possible by the Sing Out Kiwi Songwriting Programme, with financial support from Rangiora Rotary.

Walk Away

Anger, abuse, bullying and peer pressure are increasing in children’s lives. 
The students of Aranui Primary School, who wrote the song, have good advice for
anger management.  “When you’re feeling angry walk away”!

This song talks of both sides of the story, and  can be sung to help everyone understand.


Children For Changes

Written by 8 year old students of St Anne’s School Christchurch, and
dedicated to the children of Sarajevo, this song tells of their concern for
children less fortunate than themselves.

This song has often been sung by children’s choirs on special occasions,
 including a performance for visiting Sarajevo Government Officials.

Rhythm of Tides  (Sea week song)

Healthy oceans and marine life are fundamental to the survival of our planet. Pollution of the sea and decimation of many marine plants and animals have yet to register with many people.

Tanya Jenkins, an Environmental Educator, commissioned Roger Lusby to write this song for Sea Week, an annual event that promotes greater awareness of our marine environment.

The song is sung by John Grenell and Denny Stanway.

Hey Pukeko

The loss of habitat for some wildlife means they are under stress. The children of the
Kiwi Conservation Club know this, and created this song to raise awareness of
the wetland animals’ environment.
This song was premiered by the children at the opening of the Travis Swamp viewing
platform in Christchurch. The song was also nominated for an environmental award.

New Zealand

This song highlights some of our country’s special people and characters,
 selected by the students of Wharenui School.


The first song written for the programme, tells a moving true story
of Jessie, a girl paralysed from birth, who also suffered from epilepsy.   Jessie astounded everyone when she moved her arms and legs for the first time while being supported by the dolphin known as Maui.

The dolphin, Maui, still swims off the shores of Kaikoura and Jessie has gone on to achieve miraculous new goals, including completing the famous Coast to Coast
endurance race in four days.

21st Century Child

The new millennium gave us all the chance to think about what we want for the future.
The students of Burwood Primary School have a wish list too and this is their song.