We understand the value of a personal story being heard and acknowledged and the transformation songwriting can bring to an individual’s sense of wellbeing.

Song Conversations aims to cultivate creativity and connection between individuals and communities. We offer residencies, workshops, online forums and courses, as well as opportunities to collaborate and participate in creative projects.

Creating a new song presents meaningful opportunities for self-reflection and contemplation. We believe writing a song is an expressive outlet that can foster personal growth and increase resilience and self-awareness.

Poipoia te kākano, kia puawai
Nurture the seed and it will blossom

We aspire to foster people’s relationship to place, identity and their need for self-expression.

Nāu te raurau, nāku te raurau, ka mākona te iwi
Your contribution and my contribution will
provide enough for all

Our kaupapa embraces manaakitanga (generosity, kindness, respect for others)
and whakawhanaungatanga (developing close relationships with each other).

Meet the founders

Kiri Eriwata

Stephen Matthews working with a musician at the piano

Stephen (TĪpene) Matthews


When we asked our kui to teach us something she would tell us a story, drawing us in with her inquisitive voice, weaving words and pictures together. Quietly she was able to plough our imaginations offering hidden treasures to discover.

* Kui is a Māori word — a term of address for an older Māori woman.

Organisations we have worked with:


Apra Amcos

Nz On Air

Recorded Music NZ

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra



Creative NZ

University of Auckland

Roundhead Studios


Mushroom Music Publishing


NZ Music Commission

Aeroplane Music Services


Native Tongue Publishing


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