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Lullaby Project

Since 2019, parents across Aotearoa have been singing personalised lullabies to their tamariki in collaboration with NZ Opera.

Connecting and inspiring through waiata

The Lullaby Project is just one of the ways we can use waiata to connect and inspire hapori, rangatahi and whānau. Delivered in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the project helps new parents write their own lullabies.

More recently, we’ve also brought the music to young māmā at Teen Parent Centres, creating taonga that can be sung across generations.

If you would like to find out more please contact our Participation team at participation@nzopera.co.nz.

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I loved the experience because the project gave us something special for our babies & everyone got to be themselves. All our songs reflect our personalities – that is so cool. The team made it easy to relax and not to be shy. They were so welcoming and supportive. I love my baby’s song – they took my story and turned it into something beautiful. They incorporated my Nan in there, that was special for me. My Nan raised me. My baby’s full name is in the song – all of her namesakes. She won’t get to meet all of them, because some of those special people have already passed on. The song is a reminder to my baby that they are with her all the time, and that they love her. Thank you guys heaps Mo, Awhi, and Te Ohorere.