Songwriter's Choice: Ariana Tikao

Ariana Tikao composes and performs music in Te Reo Māori and English, in a wide variety of settings. She draws on folk and pop, with a strong empha...

Phil Garland, Song Collector

When celebrated New Zealand troubadour and singing historian Phil Garland died on 15 March 2017 he left behind a substantial legacy of Kiwi folklor...

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Bressa Creeting Cake

Edmund McWilliams first met Geoff Maddock in art class at Avondale College. Geoff was listening to REM and Tears For Fears at the time, and just be...

Womad and New Zealand music

Every family has a few annual traditions: for me and my oldest daughter, it's attending Womad. Each March, we haul out the camping equipment, s...

The Kings Arms - Maureen Gordon

There is a stereotype around old-school music pub managers: tough, rotund and contemptuous of the musicians who brought in the crowds. Maureen Gord...

Al Hunter of the Kings Arms

Newton, Auckland, 1993 – The man in the big hat is buying. And, as the Jerry Jeff Walker song of that name says, "Drink up, 'cause the drinkin' is ...

Lil' Chief Records

Dominic "Tourettes" Hoey

The Kings Arms

As the 1960s dawned, the central Auckland suburb of Newton was a small, dense, run-down residential area around a gully to the south of Karangahape...

Wahanui Wynyard

Annie Crummer

Granny’s and Granpa’s

Over his career Tommy Adderley was engaged in several pioneering ventures. In the 1970s he and Dave Henderson leased space in the old Bluestone bui...

Songwriter's Choice: Godfrey De Grut

Godfrey De Grut.  After completing his degree in composition from the University of Auckland, Godfrey De Grut received a RIANZ Jazz Album of the...

When the Haka Became Boogie

  A television series that was almost snuck into the TVNZ schedule in 1990 altered the way New Zealand's popular music is understood. When the Ha...

Alastair Dougal

Alan Galbraith

The Hardcore/Punk Scene in Auckland and Hamilton, 1994-2004

Introduction During the mid-1990s, there was an explosion of live punk and hardcore shows across Auckland and Hamilton. All-ages shows were common...

Ngoi Pewhairangi

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...

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 – Dunedin record stores

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...

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