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Musician and film composer donates instruments to Naenae Clubhouse

Naenae Clubhouse welcomed musician, producer and composer David Long as part of the Clubhouse 2 Career (C2C) programme

David was a founding member of New Zealand band The Mutton Birds and has since composed music for Hollywood films including The Lovely Bones, Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit.

Giving back

David donated a collection of musical instruments on his visit to Naenae. Clubhouse member Michael received an acoustic guitar he will be able to us in his music studies. “It has a great sound for gypsy jazz, and I’ll be sure to play it a lot,” said Michael. “The electric pickup will be really useful. Before this, I didn’t have any gear for a live acoustic performance. I’m going to the New Zealand School of Music next year, and this gift means a lot to me.”

Michael with his guitar

David shared stories about difficulties and joys of being in a band, and explained that many of his successful musician friends also had day jobs. He said that music is not something many people can have financial success from, but is fulfilling and can hugely enrich life.

“David’s words and stories will linger round the Clubhouse,” said Lily. “Young people will pick up the instruments to create and play just in the way David did when he started out.

“We expect to see a few new bands start up because of the donation!”

The C2C programme introduces young people to career pathways and study options. Lily Chalmers, Naenae Clubhouse Coordinator, said: “We aim to show our young people the many different ways we can achieve success. It’s not all about how much you have in your bank account, but how much you contribute, create and give back too.”

David Long and Clubhouse members discuss music

Other C2C sessions Clubhouse have hosted in 2019 include: iPhone Screen Replacement workshops; Resene Product Development workshop; MP Chloe Swarbrick – Being an MP; Experience Design; Festival DJ; Book Week – Being a Writer; Bike Mechanics; Hospitality Training; Orchestra Wellington Musician; Animation Producer; and Conservation Education with Project Jonah.


Naenae and Taita Clubhouses are free after-school youth centres where young people can discover their passions and build work and education skills, with the help of experienced mentors. Clubhouse is a programme of Hutt City Libraries and part of The International Clubhouse Network.

Clubhouse is open Monday to Friday, 3-7pm during term-time and 1pm-5pm during school holidays.


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