The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Caritas announces winners of 2021 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition

Event date: 
29 Jul 2021

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition.

The theme for this year’s competition is A NEW WAY FORWARD. Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the world has changed. We are faced with the challenge of finding A NEW WAY FORWARD. There is a real need for love, justice and peace to be at the heart of any change as we have come to see so clearly that we are all part of one global family.

A team of judges at Caritas scored each entry based on composition and performance. Submissions for this year showcased so much talent that it was difficult for judges to choose a winner. Many songs reflected messages “of reflecting, healing, uniting together and creating peace where peace may be a challenge” that tied in neatly with the theme this year. The judges enjoyed listening to every song and were impressed with the quality and diverse range of compositions.

“The SO4J competition always inspires me,” says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director Julianne Hickey, “as the young people’s talents and gifts are shared through their songwriting. This years’ winners are creative, meaningful and show their commitment to a better, more just world”.

The winner for the junior category (Years 7-10) is Oliver Lodge, a Year 10 student at Kavanagh College in Dunedin. Oliver Lodge’s song, He Ara Whakamua was inspired by the quiet and slow pace of life during the lockdown last year in which we were given the time to reflect. He Ara Whakamua reflects Pope Francis’ message in his prayer of solidarity reminding us that “we are all in the same boat” and that we need to support each other.

The winner for the senior category (Years 11-13) is Theo Parker, a Year 12 student at Garin College in Nelson. Theo Parker’s song, New Day, was also inspired by the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience felt by the global community and encourages listeners to care for each other, ensuring “truth and love in every place”.

All are invited to listen to the winning entries on the Caritas website, The website also lists those students who were highly commended by the judges of the competition.




For more information, please contact Michael Stewart, Education Co-ordinator, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Ph: 04 496 1742.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Catholic Volunteers Overseas. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.

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