Bic Runga Profile

Amanda Mills
26 May 2013

Bic Runga is one of New Zealand’s most lauded artists, a singer-songwriter with a natural flair for words and melody, and a voice that defies age or current musical fashions.

With her four studio albums of singer-songwriter pop, Runga has straddled the line between auteur and commercially successful pop star well. She is part of New Zealand’s music establishment, one of our highest-selling artists, and her incarnation as part of the alt-pop/indie Opossom has added a new string to her bow.

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Homegroewn Profiles: Bic Runga (2005)
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Bic Runga
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Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, on their nationwide Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Bic standing for photos after the 1999 NZ Music Awards where she took out International Achievement
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Bic Runga with the New Zealand music award for International Achievement, 1999
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Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
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From the APRA archives - Bic Runga with the award for Most Performed Work in 1997 (Sway), standing with Bill Sevesi.
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Sheet music from the 2003 concert at Christchurch Town Hall with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
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Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep (2002)
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Winning Arrow
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Bic Runga celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album Drive - with Wallace Chapman for RNZ Sunday Mornings, 17 September 2017
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Publicity shot for the 2000 Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour
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Median Strip, June 2002
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Suddenly Strange
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Eddie Rayner and Bic Runga at the 1999 NZ Music Awards
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Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Bic Runga and conductor Marc Taddei, with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
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Something Good
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Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
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Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003r
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The Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Hello Hello
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Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Winery Tour 2010
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Fin on tour, 2000
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Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
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Drive
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Bic Runga, pre-solo career in Christchurch duo Love Soup (with Kelly Horgan) - You
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Bic Runga and Tim Finn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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The front of house view of Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
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Listening For The Weather
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Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Bic Runga - Tiny Little Piece Of My Heart (2012)
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Hello Hello (the Music Sessions)
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Bursting Through
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Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn rehearsing for the 2010 Winery Tour
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Tim Finn - Summer Winery Tour 2010
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If You Really Do
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Bic Runga performing 'Drive' live @ RNZ, September 2017 - sound by Andre Upston
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Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
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Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Finn on the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
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Sway
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Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
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Bic and Boh Runga at the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards. Bic has the International Achievement award and Boh has Best Female vocalist.
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Bic talks to the press at the 1999 RIANZ Awards after winning the award for International Achievement
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Bic Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.