Ross Cunningham interviews Delaney Davidson

"I remember saying this thing to myself, ';ok, if there's ever going to be a choice between anything, just choose music …' ” Delaney Davidson offe...

Annie Crummer

We know what we want – a Suburban Reptiles scrapbook

A selection of images, ephemera, clippings and press releases from the first 18 months of Auckland punk. The Suburban Reptiles were formed in earl...

Buster Stiggs

Des and Juliet Rainey

Ten best costumes

If you think of local bands who dressed to shock and amuse, the first band that comes to mind is probably Split Enz. Split Enz, 1978-79. L to R:...

Upper Hutt Posse

Ross Cunningham interviews Moana Maniapoto

There's something about Moana Maniapoto's music that keeps me coming back. I first heard it in the late 1980s, and have been happily listening to t...

The Crystal Palace Ballroom

  When, in the late 1950s, impresario Phil Warren took over Auckland's Crystal Palace Ballroom, he used his customary flair and promotional skills...

Low Fidelity

Flashbacks of Dunedin's Record Stores When I hear that record, I can remember exactly where I was. That's the cliché, and for my generation, radio...

Christmas in the Sun

The history of Christmas songs recorded in New Zealand for commercial release only starts in 1949 after the establishment of Tanza Records. At the ...

Gray Bartlett

Songwriter's Choice: Karen Hunter

E nga waiata, e nga kaiwaiata, e nga kaitito waiata kei konei, tena koutou. I acknowledge the songs, the musicians and the songwriters presented h...

Lisa Van Der Aarde

RDU: a history

Christchurch has long been perceived as a staid, conservative, more-English-than-England town that is a little, well, boring. But alongside this cu...

Stoney Lonesome

New Zealand Funk: finding the real groove

It's the simple questions that will throw you. Like, "Do you think there was a local disco and funk scene back then?” And you would think after co...

Sharon O'Neill

Sound and Vision: Album Design 6

Isa-Lei: The Music of Fiji – various artists, 1959-61 Isa-Lei: The Music of Fiji – various artists, Columbia/HMV NZ, 1959 The image speaks of d...

Garth Young's NZBC-TV Photo Album

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Garth Young arranged and directed the music – and played the piano – for countless NZBC light-entertainment shows on ...

Garth Young’s Pines Photo Album

Although situated high on a hill on Wellington's inhospitable south coast, in the 1960s the Pines cabaret was a hospitable late-night venue when pu...

The Amps/Jellyfish story

Amping up the Mind Shaft A fading boho coffee lounge might seem an unlikely place for Wellington's first regular punk rock venue, but in November ...

Songwriter's Choice: Glen Moffatt

Righto, 10 New Zealand songs whose craft has inspired me. So, in no particular order aside from the first one, here we go. -- Yes, We'll Leave Th...

Delaney Davidson

The Kal-Q-Lated Risk

Ross Cunningham interviews Moana Maniapoto

There's something about Moana Maniapoto's music that keeps me coming back. I first heard it in the late 1980s, and have been happily listening to t...

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