The 1990s was the decade when the APRA Silver Scrolls as we now know them arrived, thanks to the appearance of several key figures who transformed the organisation. Names like Mike Chunn, Arthur Baysting, Petrina George, Debbie Little, Ant Healy and more.
1990 saw the Silver Scroll awards move to Auckland’s Powerstation, the first time since the early 1970s it had been held in a venue of this size.
The Fan Club’s Malcolm Smith and soundman Mike Weston
Paul Ubana Jones and Tama Renata
NZ Musician’s Richard Thorne and Lena Days
The 1990 APRA Silver Scroll went to Guy Wishart for ‘Don’t Take Me For Granted’. He’s seen here with finalists Martin Phillipps (The Chills) and Graham Wardrop.
The 1991 and 1992 Silver Scrolls were held in Hammerheads Restaurant in Auckland’s Okahu Bay and were afternoon and early evening events.
A Festival Australia vistor and the late Jerry Wise, the well regarded Festival Records NZ boss
Pagan Records’ Sheryl Morris with Debbie Harwood
Future Universal NZ boss Adam Holt seems wary of the wine on offer
Brian Jones and Dave Gent from The Exponents, who were having a very good year in 1991
Two of the great showmen of the 1950s through 1980s, Phil Warren and Benny Levin
From the back, RIANZ’s Tony Chance, Vivian Bridgewater (later co-founder of Mai FM) and Murray Cammick
The crowd at the bar, with Sheryl Morris, Jordan Luck and Benny Levin amongst the faces
The 1991 APRA Silver Scroll went to Richard (Rikki) Morris for ‘Heartbroke’ and he’s seen here with APRA CEO Brett Cottle
Tric and Billy Kristian
Robert Rakete, Malcolm Smith, Rikki Morris, Sony Music’s Paul Ellis and Mike Chunn
Brian Smith and Harry Lyon from Hello Sailor
Charlie Tumahai and Shona Laing
Upper Hutt Posse’s Dean Hapeta
Derek and Ra Lind
Glyn Tucker, Carole Tucker, Steve Robinson and Clinton Brown
Sue and Hammond Gamble
John and Helen Rimmer
Mike and Brigid Chunn
APRA Chairman Mike Perjanik with Vicky Perjanik
Paul Ellis and Shona Laing
Willie Hona and Hattie St. John
Bernie Darby and Brett Cottle congratulate Shona Laing on her winning the 1992 APRA Silver Scroll with ‘Mercy Of Love’
Most of the images for the 1993 APRA Silver Scrolls are missing. Held at Auckland's Powerstation, the winner was Dave Dobbyn for 'Belle Of The Ball'.
The 1994 Silver Scroll awards were at The Powerstation. The winner was Don McGlashan for 'Anchor Me'.
Tim and Neil Finn with their award for Most Performed Work in New Zealand for 'Weather With You'
Trevor Reekie and Greg Johnson
Journalist Graham Reid and Upper Hutt Posse's Dean Hapeta
Crowded House manager Grant Thomas and Tim Finn
Fred Faleauto, Tigi Ness, Spencer Fusimalohi, Carol Sasson and Carl Perkins
Charlie Tumahai and Dilworth Karaka of Herbs
Joel Haines, Sam Gent and Ben Harrop
Nick Atkinson (Supergroove) and Otis Frizzell (MC OJ and Rhythm Slave)
Paul Casserly and Sony Music's Paul Ellis
Graham Brazier and Hammond Gamble
Neil Finn and APRA's Petrina George
Penati Effaraino and Pauly Fuemana (OMC)
From left: Mike Chunn, Simon Morris, Steve Robinson, Bronwen Teuton (RNZ), Tony Backhouse and Kaye Glamuzina (RNZ)
Jules Issa, Maree Sheehan and Tigi Ness
The 1995 show was at Auckland's Downtown Convention Centre.
The Topp Twins with Hattie St. John
3 The Hard Way's DJ Damage and Anthony Ioasa with Sulata
Dave Dobbyn with Steve Garden
Che Fu and Anthony Ioasa with Charlie Tumahai looking over Che's shoulder
Mika and Bic Runga
The Ioasa brothers, Paul, Jason and Anthony
Nathan Haines and George Hubbard
Hello Sailor's songwriting core - Harry Lyon, Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier - with Hattie St. John
The 1995 APRA Silver Scroll was awarded to Anthony Ioasa, Paul Casserly and Mark Tierney (Strawpeople) for 'Sweet Disorder'
The 1996 ceremony, held at the Aotea Centre, was a substantial leap in production values for the evening. A pointer for the future.
Dave Dobbyn and Emma Paki
Andrew Brough (Bike) and Wayne Bell
Alan Jansson and Pauly Fuemana with the award for Most Performed Work Overseas (OMC - 'How Bizarre')
Grant Fell (Headless Chickens)
Michael "Harry" Harallambi (The Exponents)
Radio host Mikey Havoc, formerly of Push Push, and friend
Promoter Louise Hunter and Jan Hellriegel
Otis Frizzell, Darryl "DLT" Thomson, Che Fu, Mark "Rhythm Slave" Williams, with Phil "Sir Vere" Bell in the front
Wayne Bell and Leza Corban
Murray Cammick and Lesley Paris
Nathan Haines, Hinemoa Elder and Peter Urlich
Bic Runga, accepting the 1996 APRA Silver Scroll for 'Drive'
The 1997 awards were the first to be held at Auckland's Town Hall. Most images seem to be missing, however the winner was Greg Johnson with 'Liberty'.
Bic Runga, with her award for Most Performed Work in New Zealand for 'Sway', and Bill Sevesi
Greg Johnson is awarded the 1997 APRA Silver Scroll, for 'Liberty' by the 1967 winner, Roger Skinner. Roger won for 'Let's Think of Something', as performed by Larry's Rebels. - Simon Grigg collection
At the Auckland Town Hall again and the biggest production to date as the ceremony continued to grow. The winner was Dave Dobbyn for 'Beside You'.
Mike Chunn, Geoff Chunn and Buster Stiggs
Brendan Smyth and Greg Johnson
Joel Tobeck with Josh Hetherington of Thorazine Shuffle
Kim Willoughby and Moana Maniapoto
The now traditional aftershow live performances
Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier
Peter Urlich and Sean Fitzpatrick
The Topp Twins
Phil Fuemana and the Urban Pasifika showcase
Trevor Reekie, with RipItUp's John Russell and Mark Bell over his shoulder
The 1990s finished at the Auckland Town Hall. The Silver Scroll award that year caused some now forgotten controversy amongst older members.
Ian Morris, Kim Willoughby and Mark Roach
Francesca Rudkin with Boh Runga of Stellar*
Gillian Whitehead receives the Sounz award for 'Outrageous Fortune' from William Dart
It's a long way from the small nightclubs of the early 1980s
The Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for the Arts
Nick Atkinson (Supergroove)
Bill Sevesi applauds Peter Posa
Sheryl Morris, Jan Hellriegel and Chris Knox
Ray Columbus with host Oliver Driver
Bill "King Kapisi" Urale won the 1999 APRA Silver Scroll with 'Reverse Resistance'. It was the first hip-hop song to win the award and there was unhappy grumbling from some that it wasn't a "real song".