Regional Groups

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South Island - Northern Group

Photo: NZRMTh Alvaro Saura Moreno presenting a new Music Therapy Project

Photo: The ToTS (Top of The South) Regional Group enjoying lunch in the sun. From left: NZRMTh’s Colette Jansen, Yvonne MacSweeny, Alvaro Saura Moreno and Emma Matthews. 

The Top of the South Island (ToTS) Regional group met on Saturday 22 April in Sunny Nelson.

Alvaro Saura Moreno, NZ Registered Music Therapist presented a preliminary Music Therapy Project which involves at risk-populations an opportunity to use music as an alternative. E.g., Alternative to violence, a way of expressing their emotions.
Alvaro is working in partnership with social workers, kaiako, and local schools. The programme focuses on the use of music technologies and music software to produce musical outputs.

Alvaro says  “Hip-Hop and electronic music is an important part of the musical culture of Rangatahi, and it is important for music therapists to be up-to-date in this subject”

Alvaro presented to the regional group and said that feedback from fellow music therapy colleagues was invaluable for highlighting key points of the project and give it stronger direction and focus,

It is great this regional group is up and running – thank you to Emma, Regional Co-ordinator and MThNZ for organising. Looking forward to more!

Ka pai tō mahi, Te Waipounamu!

Wellington Regional Group

Photo: Wellington Regional Group particapting in drum activities

Photo: From Left NZRMTh’s Sophie Sabri (wellington Regional Co-ordinator), JP Young, Fiona Hearn, Rani Allan and Hazel Barrett

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Group met on the 29 April  

Together they shared resources and Rhythm 2 Recovery exercises – more info here

The group particpated in some music for self-care and relaxation and enjoyed lunch at The Old Quarter. 

Regional Groups provide a time for our members to get together, including:

  • Presentations by NZ RMTh (preferably MThNZ members) – aspects of current and potential work, case studies, opportunity to practice presenting

  • Other professional presentations of common interest 

  • Sharing local news

  • Sharing news from Council and MThNZ, with opportunities for discussion and feedback (to Council via EO) on pertinent issues

  • Resource sharing, trying out new skills and strategies

  • Musicking

  • Social events

  • National Music Therapy Week (or similar) featuring regional events or open days, advertised through MThNZ and local networks

Thanks to all for your organisation and particpation, we look forward to hearing about your next group!