by NZ CATHOLIC staff
AUCKLAND — This year’s fifth annual pro-life songwriting contest, won by a Nelson duet, may be the last such event.
Organiser Don Brebner announced at the finals that he, and the Bay of Plenty Voice for Life branch that initiated the contests, were retiring from the project, and challenged the young people who benefited most from it to look to the future of this type of competition.
The Nelson duet of Aaron Fisk and Maria Schryvers won the Open category of the 2012 Voice for Life National Pro-Life Songwriting Contest on November 24.
Along with 11 other finalists in the contest, the two dealt with respect for life issues in their original song, Circles. The song was based on a doctor’s contention that many mothers headed for an abortion with their minds in a whirl, realising too late that they made a wrong decision and living to regret it.

Songwriting contest winners Maria Schryvers and Aaron Fisk at the finals.

Maria and Aaron won $1500 and a three-day pass to Parachute 2013 Festival.
Second in the Open category was a trio representing St Anne’s Youth Group from Woolston, Christchurch, led by Mike Fidow who, with Janette Bradbrook, wrote their song, Stay.
Winner of the Students/Under 21 category was Kayla Hatton, Gisborne, whose original song, Innocence, dealt with a girl who, having tasted what the world had to offer, longed for a return to the days of her innocence. She won $1000 and a three-day pass to Parachute. Second was Maisy Start-Walter, also from Gisborne, who’s song Shy dealt with a girl contemplating suicide.