Amplifying Innovation | Week 4 | Wiki Tuawhā 2024

May 28, 2024

Week 4 | Wiki Tua 4 2024

Welcome to Week 4 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.

We're coming up to the last week of Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa with the Aotearoa Music Awards swinging in to shine a huge spotlight on our local music stars next Thursday 30 May. The AMA has 22 award categories this year acknowledging an amazing array of artistry and technical brilliance and will induct the incomparable Dame Hinewehi Mohi into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. With new awards for Breakthrough Single and Te Manu Mātārae, which will acknowledge two artists that have made a significant impact on the music landscape, the AMAwill be livestreamed on RNZ and will be available on TVNZ+ from 31 May.

There's one more chance to be in to win our fantastic schools pack from Harvey Norman - scroll down for this week's winner and how to enter the final draw! We'll be announcing the winners of the final two weeks next Friday.

These pānui have been released weekly during May and you can find all the previous editions on our website. If you'd like something included in the newsletter, please email with the subject Weekly Newsletter or fill in the submission form here.

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NZ Music Month Summit

The NZ Music Month Summit is being held @ The Tuning Fork tomorrow! Panellists will include NZ artists and those working in the NZ music industry with topics ranging from how to make your release stand out and creating award-winning visuals, to prioritising your wellbeing throughout your artistic journey. Tickets for the Summit are FREE, but as spaces are limited you must reserve your ticket by registering here.

Check out more information on the Music Commission website and download a handy scroll-able programme here.


AudioCulture Iwi Waiata have leant into this week's theme of Amplifying Innovation including a follow up to their much-discussed story Ten Hero Guitars - Ten More Hero Guitars. The site also has great piece on Ten New Zealand musical gear innovations, including tech from Serato, Ekadek, Sshhmute, Melodics, the Musical Electronics Library, Saxmonica, Boogie Juice, the Synthstrom Deluge and - of course - Crowther Audio and their legendary pedals. Check out the whole story by Gareth Shute here.

Speaking of the Synthstrom Deluge, Wellington Museum’s special Aotearoa New Zealand Music Month event this weekend is with the creator of the Deluge. Synthesizer maker Rohan Hill will share his garage start up-to-global success story of the Deluge, an innovative synthesizer produced right here in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. After the kōrero, artist Thomas Arbor weaves his musical magic in an interactive performance with the Deluge. Read more about it here.

In Auckland, you can listen to some of Aotearoa’s greatest hits at Beats in Time at MOTAT, an audio experience that’s part of their new science and technology centre Te Puawānanga. From gramophones to Sound Burgers, head along to their grand opening this weekend to see how music tech has changed over time, and hear how music can sound across different devices.

In the South, musician Sam Charlesworth (from bands the Beatniks and Loa Loa) is proving music can come from anywhere by plugging his amplifier into an electric bike charging stand, the Locky Dock, outside the University of Otago in Albany St. This afternoon is one of his three dock-charged performances by campus - you can read about it at the Otago Daily Times here.

There’s only one more week to take advantage of the awesome NZ Music Month offer from our mates over at Holiday Records - for every order of records pressed for independent Aotearoa artists until 31 May they are offering a Free Upgrade! You can choose between upgrading to heavy-weight 180gm vinyl, BIOVINYL™ - or go for a marble pressing with a lucky dip for the colour.

The Tussock Country Music Festival kicks off this evening with a packed programme of events over the next ten days including panel discussions, development and instrument workshops - and an absolute goldmine of great live music. Tonight the festival opens with Country Music Honours, to celebrate and elevate the very best in original country music. The Honours include award presentations and finalist performances of the top 10 unreleased songs in the 2024 MLT Songwriting Award and the presentation of the coveted award for APRA AMCOS Best Country Music Song - past winners include Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Matt Joe Gow.

You can find an interactive installation of musical wonder on the ground floor of the National Library in Wellington to celebrate NZ Music Month. The ‘music machine’ was created to promote recordings and music held within the Archive of New Zealand Music at the National Library. It encourages users to discover local music in a non-biased way – the only interface being a ‘skip track’ button which pulls a randomised new track from the playlist.

Next week we are highlighting community champions for Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa - timely, with the absolute legend Rohan Evans celebrating the 20th anniversary of his equally legendary Tāmaki Makaurau venue, The Wine Cellar. A six-day festival called It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time will see performances of improv, blues, calypso, jazz, a songwriters special across the sonic spectrum and all the punk, hip hop, electronic, soul, metal and indie goodness that Auckland gig-goers have come to expect over 20 Years of The Wine Cellar. The full timetable is available on UTR here and tickets, including multi-night and concession passes, are available here.

Also this week … Apple Music are showcasing NZ On Air’s Fresh Cuts and AOTEAROA ALL DAY on their home page in support of NZ Music Month … Levin Music Month Festival is happening all across the town tomorrow - check Kings Sound Centre for the schedule ... In Christchurch a work composed by 2023/24 SOUNZ Community Commission recipient Noel Meek will be performed by staff of Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi at 7pm on Saturday 25th at Tūranga … The 20 Years of Hamtown Smakdown photographic exhibition opens at the Mesoverse in Kirikiriroa tonight … Audio Foundation in Auckland has the immersive Sound Walk this Sunday with ten musician's sound installations featuring around the Orakei Basin Walkway … Luke Hurley has released a new album Before The War (available from his website or on Bandcamp) and isplaying this Saturday 25 May at The Ruby Bay Store in Nelson … Whakatane Library has local rangitahi play at Loud at the Library this afternoon and next Friday … Palmy Music Month has a whopping 22 events for the final week of their NZMM spectacular across Papaioea … Ka Mua Ka Muri is a music program that was established in 2022 to showcase emerging Auckland musical talent through online platforms - but tomorrow, for the very first time, you will be able to experience it live at Kāhui St David’s …. It's the last week you can go into Radio Hauraki's draw to win a Epiphone by Gibson courtesy of the Rockshop in their Air Guitar competition … the REELS Independent Music Video Awards have a sold out ceremony in Wellington on Saturday … The debut album byPARK RD is out today and they visited The Edge for an acoustic performance including their new single Every Night - catch PARK RD and Lily Caron live at 95bFM’s Drive Island this afternoon … and so much more!

Gigstarters: NZ Music Month 2024!

Keen to put on your first gig but don’t know where to start? Want to come to an epic all-ages show for free? Gig Starters is a free hui and all-ages event happening across Palmerston North, Christchurch, Kerikeri and Tauranga!

Each hui starts with a  a panel discussion on the ins and outs of running a successful All Ages show, followed by an interactive soundcheck before the grand finale - a free All Ages gig

All are welcome to attend, and it's free entry - just make sure to RSVP at to lock in your spot at this epic Gig Starters event!


  • 0800 - WHO RUN IT (single)
  • Amber Carly Williams - Don't Know Vertigo (single + video)
  • Avalanche City - Keep That Love (single)
  • C.Zukey - Keep Love (video)
  • D.C. Maxwell - Agitator (cover by Skeptics)
  • Dos-Ovni - Sinners (single)
  • Ella Pollett - BLUE (single)
  • Emily Bateman - Like I Always Do (5-track EP)
  • Fan Club - Rough (single + video)
  • Florence McNabb - Astronaut (single)
  • HALES - Castle in the Sky (single)
  • JessB - Commando (single)
  • John Deng - ATTENTION (single + video)
  • Just George - She Won't Go Quietly (single)
  • Kaden Hura-McIntosh - Recount Or Recant (album)
  • Kloos - TRUST (single)
  • Lehali ft. Lepani - Company (single)
  • Lilly Carron - Call Me Over (single + video)
  • Luke Hurley - Before The War - Album
  • MADELINE. - still a girl (single)
  • Mazbou Q - CELESTIALS. (single)
  • Miakie - A Thousand Feathers (single)
  • Michèle Ducray - MADAME (single + video)
  • Miranda Eastern - Kip Moore Smile - Single from upcoming album
  • Miss French - The Trials and Tribulations of Miss French Part Two (album)
  • Mystery Waitress - Nightbug (single)
  • Nauti, Duke Deuce - CRASH DUMMY MUZIK (single + video)
  • Neil MacLeod - Tunnel Vision (single + video)
  • Newz - Everything is Changing (single)
  • Park Rd - The Novel (debut album)
  • Polite Company - Perfectly Good Explanation (single)
  • Polite Company - Please Go Wild (album)
  • Psycho Gab - Pianomen (single)
  • Reb Fountain - How Bizarre (cover by OMC)
  • Ringlets - New Life (single)
  • Riqi Harawira - Let’s Dance (single)
  • Risky and IMAG€ - Polo Baby (single + video)
  • Roarz & Infectiouss - Wound Up (single)
  • SACHI - 405 (single)
  • Silk Cut - Anywhere We Can Drive (single)
  • Swidt - Money Callin (single)
  • Swidt - Swish feat A.Girl (single)
  • Vanessa Tottle - Lost (single)
  • Voom - Everyone (single)
  • Wells* - (single)

Congratulations to our second Harvey Norman Schools Kura Competition Winner: Bream Bay College!

Bream Bay College were the second winner of the Harvey Norman NZ awesome prize packs of of useful gear for music classrooms.

Teachers across the country can enter by sending a video link to a live NZ music performance from their school to The video could be of a class, a band, a kapa haka group or even the whole assembly - as longs as it's a performance of music from Aotearoa by students. The winners are selected randomly and announced every Friday on the NZ Music Month Facebook page.


Around the Motu


  • 23/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at Rock City, Nottingham, England
  • 23/05/2024     DARTZ at Gleis 22, Munster, Ireland
  • 23/05/2024     Earth Tongue at VEB Kultur, Erfurt, Germany
  • 23/05/2024     Kaylee Bell at The Brightside, Brisbane, Australia
  • 23/05/2024     L.A.B at Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, California, USA
  • 23/05/2024     There's A Tuesday at Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Australia
  • 24/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England
  • 24/05/2024     Chaos in the CBD at GALA'24, London, England
  • 24/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Desertfest, Berlin, Germany
  • 24/05/2024     Kaylee Bell at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia
  • 24/05/2024     There's A Tuesday at The Lansdowne, Sydney, Australia
  • 25/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 25/05/2024     Kaylee Bell at Howler, Melbourne, Australia
  • 25/05/2024    L.A.B at CaliRoots Festival, Monterey, California, USA
  • 25/05/2024     There's A Tuesday at Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
  • 26/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at L'Olympia, Paris, France
  • 26/05/2024     DARTZ at Lark, Berlin, Germany
  • 26/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
  • 26/05/2024     Jordan Rakei at Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey
  • 27/05/2024     DARTZ at Loophole, Berlin, Germany
  • 28/05/2024    Black Smoke Trigger at O13, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 28/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 29/05/2024     DARTZ at Windmill Brixton, London, England
  • 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

All Month Long

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.

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