A Raumati Beach youngster, who has written a song about staying strong when confronted with a troubled friendship, will have her tune professionally produced in an iconic Wellington studio.
Peyton Morete has come first in the Champions of Kapiti singer-songwriter competition.
The Champions of Kapiti, a group of people in the community challenging family violence, created the competition for youngsters, aged between 11 and 18, to write a song focusing on relationships.
There were five entries in the competition, each with lots of merit, but Peyton's song Little Guys impressed the judges the most.
"I know that many teenagers can get really stressed with friendships and everything," she said.
"And many teenagers have some bad situations at times.
"It's basically a song saying I understand that they're going through hard times and they feel down, and they don't feel good about themselves sometimes, and they may feel like there is nobody out there who can understand what they're going through.
"But I'm trying to tell them that even though it's hard there will be good people out there to help you.
"You just have to keep going and be strong and believe in yourself to find those people."
Peyton, 15, who goes to Kapiti College, will record her song at The Surgery Studios.
Lee Prebble will focus on the song's engineering while Barnaby Weir, from The Black Seeds as well as Fly My Pretties, will produce the song.
"The idea is we will have a finished top quality song which we can use for a bunch of different stuff," said Andy Christiansen, who is one of the champions.
Another of the champions, Elan Van Mills, said Peyton's song ticked all the boxes.
"We liked the chorus, which had a good hook, obviously the content to fit the brief, and she's got a good voice.
"And imagine the song, with its raw outline, translated into a studio."