Bic Runga Profile

Amanda Mills
Published: 26 May 2013
Updated: 6 Nov 2020

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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Publicity shot for the 2000 Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Finn on the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga and Tim Finn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga 2020 tour poster.
Photo credit: Publicity image
Something Good
Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The front of house view of Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Hello Hello
Listening For The Weather
Suddenly Strange
Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Ross Halfin
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Fin on tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn rehearsing for the 2010 Winery Tour
Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Winery Tour 2010
Bic standing for photos after the 1999 NZ Music Awards where she took out International Achievement
Hello Hello (the Music Sessions)
The Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Tonight We Could Go Out Dancing (As If It's The Last), 2020
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Sweeties - Let’s Just Stay in Bed (2020)
Sheet music from the 2003 concert at Christchurch Town Hall with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Lydia
Eddie Rayner and Bic Runga at the 1999 NZ Music Awards
Sway
Bic Runga - Tiny Little Piece Of My Heart (2012)
Bic Runga
King Sweeties - Tonight We Could Go Out Dancing
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Tim Finn - Summer Winery Tour 2010
Bursting Through
Bic Runga, 2010 Winery Tour.
Photo credit: Nick Chappell
Bic Runga, pre-solo career in Christchurch duo Love Soup (with Kelly Horgan) - You
Winning Arrow
Drive
Bic talks to the press at the 1999 RIANZ Awards after winning the award for International Achievement
Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep (2002)
Bic Runga celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album Drive - with Wallace Chapman for RNZ Sunday Mornings, 17 September 2017
Homegrown Profiles: Bic Runga (2005)
From the APRA archives - Bic Runga with the award for Most Performed Work in 1997 (Sway), standing with Bill Sevesi.
Opossom, King Sweeties poster, 2020.
Bic Runga with the New Zealand music award for International Achievement, 1999
Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003r
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic and Boh Runga at the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards. Bic has the International Achievement award and Boh has Best Female vocalist.
Median Strip, June 2002
Bic Runga performing 'Drive' live @ RNZ, September 2017 - sound by Andre Upston
If You Really Do
Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Ross Halfin
King Sweeties - Let's Just Stay In Bed
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Lydia (2020)
Bic Runga Drive 20th anniversary tour.
Bic Runga and conductor Marc Taddei, with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, on their nationwide Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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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.