Amplifying Community | Week 5 | Wiki Tuarima 2024

June 7, 2024

Week 5 | Wiki Tua 5 2024

We've come to the end of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA 2024 - NZ Music Month -  with AMPLIFYING AOTEAROA | PAOROTIA AOTEAROA the theme across this year’s event, celebrating everyone who makes our incredible music and helps amplify tunes from across Aotearoa.

Firstly - huge congratulations to the winners at last nights Aotearoa Music Awards across all the categories. The Aotearoa Music Awards was an amazing evening to see Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa out in style after a fantastic month of local music. You can catch up on all the performances and action from the big event at TVNZ+, streaming from later today.

As the clock winds down on NZ Music Month for 2024, we look forward to more great local music every month of the year. There are absolutely tonnes of fantastic songs, albums, tours and events all to come in the next few months, and we hope this May you have found some new local favourites to follow.

These pānui have been released weekly during May and you can find all the previous editions over on our website.

Thank you for supporting local music and amplifying artists from all over Aotearoa!

Whakamihi to Mokotron for taking out our Tee Me Up competition! The Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist will receive fifty tees from AS Colour, printed by Karousel Screenprinting with the explosive WAEREA design below by Te Whanganui a Tara artist James Paratii Lainchbury.

The judges with the hard task of who to tee up were Harriett Hlaváč from AS Colour, Callum Rooney(designer of our awesome Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa tee this year), Dan Ahwa from Viva, Maureen Taane from Tikidub Productions & HAPA and Willa Cameron from the Music Commission, the producer of our Threads Of Sound exhibition that kicked off the month. There were amazing entries from across the motu and we're looking forward to some excellent new tees we can be sporting all year round!


This week we’ve been focused on Amplifying Community Champions, so it is only appropriate to start by acknowledging the passing of Rodger Fox CNZM, the legendary New Zealand trombonist, jazz educator and leader of the Rodger Fox Big Band. From joining his first band Quincy Conserve in the 1970’s to working with King Kapisi in the past year, he was always passionate about young people being introduced to jazz, with his Young Jazz Band-it competition providing a space for young players to hone their skills and find their musical community. Rodger Fox was a mentor, supporter and advocate for many across the music industry in Aotearoa and will be truly missed.

On this last day of Te Mara Puoro o Aotearoa, the well-known, popular SIT Kids’ Concerts are bringing SIT | Te Pūkenga celebrations for NZ Music Month to a close. Students from all three years of the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, and Audio Production students have been ‘bringing it’ to over a thousand children from local schools and providing hours of joyful, fun-filled musical entertainment. Now in its 22nd year, the Kids’ Concerts final show is tonight, while their Audio Students embark on their SOUNZ South Island Tour.

This evening also sees twelve of Whanganui’s most creative singer-songwriters competing for the coveted songwriting prize at the Whanganui Musicians Club in an event to develop local talent and promote the club as an important community resource. Alongside musical director Brian Baker, Anthonie Tonnon leads the trio of judges.

The Wine Cellar 20th celebrations It Seemed like A Good Idea at the Time continue this weekend with a bumper two-night eighteen artist line up - there are limited tickets left and you can get them here!

What Now have had an awesome Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa feature each week this May - Little Gigs! What Now’s four musical friends played special performances of their own songs and kids classics for some of the country’s ‘cutest fans’. You can see all the Little Gigs over on the What Now YouTube channel - Erny Belle at Glen Eden Primary, Vera Ellen at Aro Valley Preschool, Lawrence Arabia at Titirangi Primary and Amiria Grenellat Governers Bay School.

Flying Nun Records are opening their Christchurch store today, which is sure to become a Ōtautahi community hub. You’ll find them at the Terrace Arcade in the CBD with an amazing line-up of instore performances tomorrow featuring Holly Arrowsmith, Hannah Everingham, Ben Woods, Richard Dada and Fazerdaze.

If you are looking for some excellent reading over the long weekend, Gary Steel over at Witch Doctor and Graham Reid at Elsewhere have both been highlighting pieces on Aotearoa artists from their extensive archives for NZ Music Month. There is loads of great reading to dig into on both sites, but some pieces we particularly enjoyed were Elsewhere’s review of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by The Hasselhoff Experimentand a re-print of a 1996 interview with Pauly Fuemana from the NZ Herald; at Witch Doctor you can reminisce with Pitch Black circa 1998 for the release of their debut album Futureproof and read a great long-form interview with Aldous Harding as she was starting out in her musical career.

Alongside coverage of amazing new acts during NZMM, The have also been looking back with Coco ReFresh! NZ Music Month - Pasifika Soul Divas, inviting you to take a trip down memory lane with some leading ladies of Aotearoa music featuring Iva Lamkum, Aaradhna, Annie Crummer, Ladi 6 and Teremoana Rapley.

In celebration of NZ Music Month, Phantom Billstickers unveiled the opportunity for musicians to amplify their presence across the nation through a complimentary poster campaign. The response was nothing short of extraordinary, with allocations for the free campaign swiftly snapped up - from budding artists to seasoned veterans, musicians from all across New Zealand enthusiastically embraced this unique chance to elevate their visibility and connect with audiences. Kia ora Phantom for your amazing ongoing support of local music!

Music Education NZ Aotearoa have been running free NCEA workshops during NZ Music Month to encourage kaiako and tauira to learn about taonga pūoro and tikanga. Watch an interview on Te Ao Māori News with the MENZA chair Ben Lau here, listen to the korero on RNZ Nights and educators can learn more about the workshops here.

Also … NZ Music Month at Waimakariri Libraries presents the North Canterbury Academy of Music At Rangiora Library from 5:30pm this afternoon ... The AMA weren’t the only big event last night, with Jenny Mitchell’s film Capital of Country Music premiering at the Tussock Country Music Festival, which has The Writers Night tonight … Rolling Stone put together a collection of their favourite Wonderful Waiata and continued their series on Aotearoa artists highlighting their favourite locals with D.C. Maxwell on Skeptics, K M T P on Fazerdaze and Elliott Dawson discussing Ben LemiThe Timaru Herald also talked local favourites with long-time South Canterbury musician turned songwriter Alice Sollis … The Hits are wrapping up their month-long iconic pop lyric series on FB … An essential community hub in Pōneke is the weekly Eyegum Wednesdays - read a review of this week’s eventin Salient … George FM profiled South Auckland producer PLASTiC who is making his name known in the Aotearoa garage scene for their Ones To Watch series … and so much more - every month!

Our NZMM pānui finish today, but you can keep up to date with local musical goodness all year round by subscribing to newsletters from great local sites like, and Under The Radar.

Pāpāmoa College & Wahi School were the final two weekly winners of the Harvey Norman NZ awesome prize packs of useful gear for music classrooms.

A huge thank you to all the schools that participated & the team at Harvey Norman for all their NZMM support!


  • Anecdata - Obsolete (album)
  • Anna Coddington - Mōhou Rā (single)
  • BAkeR's - Moonface (EP)
  • Brother Sister - Fantasy (single + video)
  • Captain Festus McBoyle - Sonnet of the Sad Seahorse (single)
  • Christoph El Truento - Another Scorcher (single)
  • Crowded House - Gravity Stairs (album)
  • DayEyez - Bubblegum Pop (single)
  • EMILIE - Military Minded (single)
  • Emily Bateman - October Sun (single)
  • Fin Rah Zel - Going Home (single)
  • Grecco Romank - 2 Hot 2 Hunt (video)
  • Hans. & hanbee - Warmer (video)
  • Harry Burt - Heads Down Thumbs Up (single)
  • HOMIND - Introvert/Extrovert (EP)
  • Jack Budge - White Light (single)
  • Japes - Process (single)
  • Jared Frost - Better Alone (single)
  • Jay Clarkson And The Containers - Waikouaiti (single)
  • Jaya - Me He Korokoro Tui (single)
  • Joe Ghatt - Orange October (single)
  • Julian Moss - Company (single)
  • Katie Thompson - I See You (single)
  • Keanu Raves - A Simple Request (single)
  • Keren Mara - Under the Wind (video)
  • Khailana - Diamond Boy (single)
  • L.A.B - Give Me That Feeling (single + video)
  • Mannequin Hand - Lose Your Mind (EP)
  • Marlin's Dreaming x Erny Belle - Earnestly (single + video)
  • Miss French (Julie Foai) - The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Part Two (album)
  • Nathan Haines - Come Into the Light featuring La Coco (single)
  • Persimmon - Cleaning Graves (single)
  • Sean Cunningham - Habit (single)
  • Shepherds Reign - Ala Mai (music video)
  • SNARE - Kokonut (single + video)
  • T. G. Shand - The Cheese (single)
  • Terrible Sons - Thank You (single)
  • Thousand Limbs - The Aurochs - Ensnared (single)
  • Troy Kingi - Ocelli (single)
  • veryhandsomebilly - Take Me Back, Bowie (single)
  • Weston, Paulie - Ecstasy (single)
  • YAHYAH - Out of Sight, Out of Mind (single)
  • Young Gho$t and Liam K. Swiggs - Skate Park (single)
  • Zac Griffith - My River Runs To You (single)


Around the Motu


  • 30/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 30/05/2024     OPIUO at Commonwealth, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 31/05/2024     Chaos in the CBD at Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, England
  • 31/05/2024    Earth Tongue at Le Lac, Brussels, Belgium
  • 31/05/2024     PARK RD at 170 Russell, Melbourne, Australia

TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA is run by the NZ Music Commission, with support from APRA AMCOS, Creative New Zealand, Independent Music NZ, the Māori Music Industry Coalition, MusicHelps, the Music Managers Forum, Music Producers Guild NZ Aotearoa, NZ On Air, OneMusic, Recorded Music NZ, Save Our Venues, SoundCheck Aotearoa, SOUNZ and Te Māngai Pāho. The purpose of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA is to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.

NZ Music Month: Amplifying Aotearoa



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