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Youth festival brings Pitch Perfect music-maker and the joy of a cappella to New Zealand

June 22, 2016 – 2:03 pm |

Have you ever wished you were a member of Pentatonix or the Barden Bellas from Pitch Perfect? Now’s your chance to discover how that feels!
The Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival is a brand new …

It’s New Zealand music month!

May 13, 2016 – 4:00 am |

To celebrate here’s the official NZ Music Month channel on YouTube. 
This month – take the time to check out some new kiwi musicians.
Check out Ten Feet Tall by Fat Freddie’s Drop: https://youtu.be/S-JTTNNL5qQ

Dr Patrick from Christchurch explains why music education is vital for young people to thrive

March 2, 2016 – 4:00 am |

University of Canterbury Senior Lecturer in Music Education, Dr Patrick Shepherd, of the College of Education Health and Human Development, discusses why music education is vital for our young people to thrive.
“I am a firm …

Whoa! There’s a Happy Music Playlist on youtube!

September 28, 2015 – 1:52 pm |

If there’s one thing in life that lights up our souls and soothes our hearts – it’s music.  So slip off your shoes, tune into this youtube playlist and prepare to dance (note: floor tapping …

First NZ Idol begins new role teaching teens who are over school about the music industry

July 29, 2015 – 4:00 am | One Comment

Any New Zealander with access to television in 2004 will, without a doubt, remember Ben Lummis: New Zealand’s first-ever ‘NZ Idol.’
Following his rapid rise to musical fame nearly a decade ago, Ben spent four years …

Splore shares the love and becomes an annual event

May 27, 2014 – 3:04 pm |

It’s the most repetitive request at the end of every Splore Festival event and now Splore is in a position to grant the audience’s wish of becoming an annual event.
Splore will be returning for 2015. …

NZ music month summit

May 13, 2014 – 10:36 am | Comments Off on NZ music month summit


The NZ Music Managers Forum together with the NZ Music Commission are proud to announce the return of The Official 2014 Music Month Summit on Saturday May 24, 2014.
The theme …

Maisey Rika: Feed your soul and the world will seem a better place

January 28, 2014 – 8:53 pm |

Happyzine founder Charlotte Squire first fell in love with Maisey Rika’s soulful vocals when she heard Maisey’s first album, several years ago on Fresh FM.  Charlotte caught up with Maisey, as she prepares for her …

Music at Matua kicks off with a clean up of Muriwai Beach

December 9, 2013 – 4:05 pm |

Press Release: Loopnews
In what’s becoming a new trend in Kiwi music, an environmental agency will be hosting the clean up of an Auckland beach on the morning of the concert Music at Matua.
Sustainable Coastlines will …

Kiwi rockstars start young in “supportive and encouraging” Bandquest 2013

September 24, 2013 – 6:55 am |

Rockshop Bandquest 2013
What’s loud, cute and coming to a stage near you? Dozens of aspiring musos in this year’s Rockshop Bandquest, the nationwide music contest for intermediate and primary students.
Bandquest is in its third year …

First New Zealand musicians selected to perform at the World Music Expo in over a decade

September 17, 2013 – 8:38 am |

Press Release: Music Live
First New Zealand musicians selected to perform at the World Music Expo in over a decade
Taonga Puoro master, Horomona Horo and his group, Waiora are to be the first New Zealand group …

Maori peacemaker travels New Zealand

September 11, 2013 – 5:16 pm |

This is an open invitation from Billy TK senior to the Nelson/ Tasman people to attend one of his 3 Peace Talks in the area in September 2013.
Billy was nominated by the Eastern tribes as …

2013 Smokefreerockquest – 25 years of kiwi music success!

August 9, 2013 – 10:43 am |

They’ve performed in theatres and event centres from Whangarei to Invercargill and now the top 30 acts in Smokefreerockquest 2013 have been selected.
There were 654 entries in this year’s only nationwide, orginal youth music event, …

Roots to my roots tour: Matiu Te Huki

June 28, 2013 – 9:04 am |

Oh, it gets me all excited and bubbly when I think of people following their dreams and living their passions!
Matiu Te Huki is doing just that by journeying across the globe to entwine his Maori …

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Edinburgh Fringe Fundraiser Show

June 27, 2013 – 2:50 pm |

Media Release – June 2013
Enhancing the Halo presents The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra in a multi-celebratory mid-winter fundraiser show at the Wellington Town Hall, 7.30pm, Thursday 25.  Wellington’s beloved ukulele vagabonds are hammering the “international” into Wellington International …

Global Citizen Concert: standing against extreme poverty

June 26, 2013 – 8:09 am |

Will Watterson is the New Zealand Country Director for The Global Poverty Project. He has over a decade of experience in theatre, international development, campaigning, global education and youth work. Will is passionate about connecting …

Nelson Winter Music Festival 19 July – 4 August

May 27, 2013 – 3:42 pm |

‘Nelson by day – music by night’ is the theme for the 19th annual Nelson Winter Music Festival, set to bring some mid-winter magic to the city from July 19 to August 4.
The festival is …

Official WOMAD 2013 Line Up Announced

November 1, 2012 – 9:43 am |

Festival features over 200 performers from 21 countries on seven stages
new offerings this year include the Human …

Music profile: Matiu Te Huki ‘Let your light shine’

July 22, 2012 – 3:51 pm | One Comment

Check out this soulful photo of Matiu Te Huki using his powerful gift for onstage performance, singing and songwriting.  The man’s worth checking out, if you haven’t already discovered him.
What I love most about Matiu’s …

Music Review: Sarah Brown ‘The Great Heart Robbery’

May 21, 2012 – 1:06 pm |

By Charlotte Squire
If you’re after a bluesy, sultry, heart-felt album with beautiful female vocals and continued references to love in all its forms, one that you can listen to while you relax on a rainy …

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