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NZ music icon Hollie Smith joins Wintec music school

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Internationally acclaimed New Zealand singer/songwriter Hollie Smith, described as "the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul" has joined Wintec’s School of Media Arts to mentor and teach music students.

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand singer/songwriter Hollie Smith, described as "the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul" has joined Wintec’s School of Media Arts to mentor and teach music students.

Hollie announced the appointment on Twitter soon after receiving her Wintec access card saying she had started a new job as Musician in Residence.

"I hope that taking what I’ve learnt and sharing that with students is going to be gratifying for all of us," says Hollie.

"We can all learn from others and I’m really looking forward to that aspect of this experience."

This is the first time Wintec has welcomed a ‘Musician in Residence’ and David Sidwell, team manager of Wintec’s music department says this is an outstanding opportunity for both students and staff to work alongside and be mentored by a New Zealand music legend.

"Hollie Smith is a high calibre musician, a prolific singer/songwriter known for her powerhouse vocals and she has an enviable working knowledge of the local and international music industry.

"Our music students will benefit greatly from a learning experience delivered with an industry focus."

Hollie will assist the students with their song writing, performance, and support them with producing projects, consulting and critiquing.

David says that Wintec music staff are looking forward to working alongside Hollie who is no stranger to Wintec, having presented at Wintec’s Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design in 2017.

"The fact she has achieved number one hits brings credibility to her role, reaffirming the teaching and learning that already happens within the teaching programme here at Wintec."

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