Her parents, George and Jenna Tere, as part of her homework told her to write a song.
At the time, her dad didn’t realise that 12-year-old Aleida was writing a song to the tune of music he was playing on his guitar.
“Dad started playing a tune and for the lockdown homework, I started making up a song with the theme of what was happening in the world,” she said.
Aleida, a Year 8 Apii Te Uki Ou student said after writing her first two verses, her dad pitched in to help her and they began to put the song together. Their collaboration led to an inspirational “We are all in this together” song.
“My singing instructor Tuaine Papatua helped me with the recording and Tokerau Jim helped with all the video,” she said.
“To me the song basically means that everyone needs to stay together, enjoy our lives while we wait for this virus to go away.”
Aleida who wants to be a singer when she’s older, first picked up the ukulele in school, during a Maori culture class. She was 10 years old then.
She said her dad and Tuaine Papatua inspired her. She and her friends have written a few songs and are guided by Papatua.
“Tuaine, mostly tells us to stay confident, if we are too shy look somewhere else, look to family,” Aleida said.
“Every time I hear music, I think of what the song means and try to sing it, dance to the beat and just enjoy it.”
Mum Jenna Tere said they are now looking at translating the song into Maori.