Joelle Noar and Kath Bee celebrate the release of their single, ‘I Love Life’. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nelson trio up for children’s song award


A Nelson trio have been nominated for an award in this year’s New Zealand Children’s Music Awards.

Kath Bee, Doug Stenhouse and 12-year-old Joelle Noar’s ‘I Love Life’ has been named as a finalist for the APRA Best Children’s Song.

The song was written by Kath and Doug and sung by Joelle – who inspired the song after writing a letter five years ago to her older teenage self, reminding her not get angry – because she loved life.

Kath saw the letter on Facebook and asked if she could write a song about it, and the final result was released in December last year.

“We’re all pretty excited it’s in the finals. Doug and I wrote this song together so it really was a team effort,” says Kath.

“The people who are listening to it really love it, and at this time, it sends a really positive message.”

Joelle, who attends Broadgreen Intermediate School, has been a keen amateur actress and singer since the age of six.

Her mum, Maxine, says she is “really excited” about the nomination.

“Joelle took a while to understand what it meant but is now so excited about it.”

The annual New Zealand Children’s Music Awards celebrate the storytellers, rhymers and singers who write and perform the songs that ignite a love for music in kiwi children.

‘I Love Life’ is up against Aro for ‘Korimako’ written by Emily and Charles Looker, and Ben Sinclair and Jeremy Dillon for ‘Tony the Tiny Pony’ in the best song category.

The winners will be announced later this month at a kid-friendly virtual awards ceremony.