Music makers . . . Opihi College music pupils find alternative instruments while their recorders are stuck in Japan. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Helen Holt

Opihi College is on the hunt for second-hand recorders for its year 7 music pupils while its order is stuck in transit.

Head of music, Russell Fleming said the recorders were ordered in early January.

“We’ve been shut out by the shipping crisis.

“They’re still stuck in Japan and we can’t get to them.”

The school needs 40 recorders for the year 7 pupils to learn on.

Mr Fleming said he had been creative with class plans to compensate.

“We got the ukuleles out, and found some old recorders in the cupboard which we had to sterilise.

“We usually get the kids on recorder first, then move on to drums and guitars so they can compete [in the] Smokefree Rockquest. So we have fast-tracked that as well, which could be good or bad.”

Mr Fleming said they hoped to get four bands to the Smokefree Rockquest this year, including Big Foots who are in their final year of high school.

Anyone with unused or unwanted recorders is asked to send them to Opihi College, where they will be cleaned and used to help pupils develop their musical abilities.