About Girls Rock!

 

Girls Rock is a series of week-long holiday programme for young women, trans, intersex, takatāpui, and gender-diverse youth where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change. Campers between the ages of 12-17 years will form bands, learn instruments, attend workshops and write an original song to be performed at a concert for friends and family at a showcase.

The Goals of Girls Rock Aotearoa

1. To help young women, and/or intersex, trans, takatāpui and gender diverse youth build confidence and practical skills in songwriting and music through tutoring and practice.
2. To utilise the talent of local songwriters and music-makers to help mentor and guide participants.
3. To educate young people through talks and collaborative workshops on songwriting, design, feminism and wellbeing.
4. To support and promote the presence of women, and/or intersex, trans, takatāpui and gender diverse youth in music.

Kaupapa

The kaupapa of Girls Rock Aotearoa is to create the world we want to live in – a more equal and inspiring place. We are a non-profit organisation made up of musicians and music lovers with years of music industry experience. We are committed to guiding the advancement and empowerment of young women, and/or intersex, transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

Our Team

Nicole Gaffney

Tāmaki Makaurau Kaiarahi (head)

Nicole Gaffney has been a main organiser of the Tāmaki Makaurau camp since its inception and has been a coordinator and mentor in Aotearoa and Australia. Nicole has been playing music since she was a tween and has DIY toured around the world playing music.

Ali Burns

Pōneke Kaiarahi (head)

Ali Burns has been a part of the Girls Rock team since 2018. She started becoming involved with music at University. Ali wishes she had been able to attend a programme like Girls Rock! so she could have had the confidence to start making music sooner. Ali is also a screenwriter and if she isn’t busy with Girls Rock!, at band practice, or writing a film then you can find her at the beach!

Billie Rogers

Coordinator – Tāmaki Makaurau

Billie Rogers is campers coordinator at Girls Rock Tāmaki Makaurau. She has been involved since 2017 and has also been a part of GR! Melbourne, Canberra, Santa Barabara and Poneke. She has enjoyed a career in music as bass player of the trio Street Chant and plays in new band B*thcmagic. She has 15+ years experience working in childcare and graduated University with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts. This kind, unique and community focused learning environment is something that Billie strongly believes in fostering and is excited to see happening.

Jana Te Nahu Owen

Kaitiaki & Coordinator – Tamaki Makaurau

Jana Te Nahu Owen (Ngāti Kahungunu) is one of the founding members of Girls Rock! Aotearoa along with Nicole Gaffney, and has been a main organiser, a drum instructor, and a band mentor for both Girls Rock! Aotearoa and Canberra. She has played drums in bands since the early 2000’s and has a long history organising queer & feminist events including ‘Proud Mary’ a queer club night and Ladyfest Wgtn 2006-2009. Normally by day she works at RNZ as an audio engineer, these days she looks after her son Awa, sometimes plays drums, sometimes talks about music on the radio, and very occasionally develops websites.

Steph Stuteley

Coordinator – Tamaki Makaurau

Steph Stuteley (Ngāti Tarawhai) has been involved in Girls Rock! Since 2018. She has been around music since high school, and believes that Girls Rock! would have changed her life if it had been available at the time. That’s why she is so passionate about being involved in Girls Rock! now. When she’s not rocking out, she is working towards a PhD in Microbial Biochemistry.

Brooke Singer

Kaitiaki & Coordinator – Pōneke

Brooke Singer is a musician who is involved in many aspects of the NZ music industry as an educator, publicist, and label co-ordinator but primarily as a songwriter and performer. She has been involved with Girls Rock! Aotearoa since 2018 when she participated as a band mentor, and found it to be an inspiring and rewarding experience. She now assists with the organisation of Girls Rock! Poneke events. In her spare time you’ll find her walking to the far reaches of Poneke’s hilltops and beaches, drinking tea and patting the neighbourhood cats.

Leea Lamatoa

Coordinator – Tāmaki Makaurau

Leea Lamatoa is a singer and songwriter and Music Tutor who has been involved with Girls Rock! Since 2018 starting out as a mentor and guitar tutor until becoming an organiser and Mentor Co-ordinator for Tāmaki Makaurau. Leea is a passionate vocalist and enjoys geeking out about the weird and wonderful things the voice can do. When she is not making music, you can find her smashing arcade games and patting neighbourhood cats.

Victoria Chellew

Kaitiaki & Coordinator – Tāmaki Makaurau & Pōneke

Victoria worked with helping Ali in establishing Girls Rock down in Pōneke in 2019. After completing a Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University, she moved back home to Tāmaki Makaurau. Victoria spends her time with her whanau and friends, working as a teacher aide, and writing, playing and organising music.

Eliana Gray

Coordinator Tāmaki Makaurau & Pōneke

Eliana Gray has been involved with Girls’ Rock Aotearoa since its inception and thinks it’s one of the most important things in the world. They like to sing, write songs and think that having fun is the purest form of art. They work primarily as a poet and, when not in service to the rock deities, can found: writing, working on writer’s festivals and crying over cool poems.

Lillian Brown

Coordinator – Tāmaki Makaurau

Lillian is a long-time activist and self taught musician based in Aotearoa. They spent a couple of years cruising the Tāmaki Makaurau scene while they worked on their phd thesis. That’s when they met the Girls Rock team. Their first camp was in February 2019 and it was transformative. Now they’re at the beach writing and falling in love with the world again. Still so stoked to be a part of the team 🤠💕✨💐👽!

James Stuteley

Treasurer

James is new to the Girls Rock team in 2020. He has been an active musician in the DIY community for about a decade, including running the record label collective Papaiti Records. Outside of music he has spent time working as an accountant.