New Zealand’s APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ have today announced the Finalists for the 2016 Children’s Music Awards, with Hawea’s Anna van Riel receiving a double nomination, including:

  • ’Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Album’ for her album Cooking Up A Song

  • ‘2016 APRA Best Children’s Music Song Award’ for the title track of that same album.

    The winners will be announced at the 2016 Children’s Music Awards on Tuesday 9th August in Auckland, New Zealand.

    “I’m so thrilled”, shares Anna on …


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Love Letter To Lake Hāwea

July 23, 2016 - 10:44 AM

It's very exciting to have some of my poetry published in the NZ Herald today. Love Letter To Hāwea

Golden days, warm summer light

Moonshine on the lake at night

Roadsides glow with St Johns Wort

Roadkill treasures for the hawk

I lie on you, your pebbly shore

And wonder, could I ask for more?

A Tuscan heat that warms me through

In summer I'm in love with you

Harvest brings its giddy lust

Vibrant season, rosy dusk

Your soil filled will abundant strain

Yet as you chill, my love will wane

Your colours whip and slap my face

Then disappear without a trace

I gather up all I can savour

The last of autumn's pungent flavour

With fitful winds and granite skies

You steal the warmth out of my eyes

My aching joints try to remember

As to winter, I surrender

You taunt me with your ebb and flow

Your cold and warm, your high and low

Down winter valleys, I'm a stranger

Yet so seduced upon your ranges.

I've tried in vain to run away

To other lands, but couldn't stay

All sweet lovers, yes it's true

But none of them as sweet as you.

There are days I wonder how

Our love has lasted up till now

And as if proof, against my will

You burst out with a daffodil

I spring into your fragrant arms

Again fall for your heady charms

Broad beans, roses, scarlet runner

All sultry promises of summer

Once again you've won me over

My moody, all-consuming lover

And though you break me half the year,

You'll always be the one, Hawea

Anna van Riel is a finalist in the 2016 Children's Music Awards for Apra Best Children's Music Song and Recorded Music NZ Best Children's Music Album.