Amplifying NZ Artists on the World Stage | Week 3 | Wiki Tuatoru 2024

May 20, 2024

Week 3 | Wiki Tua 3 2024

Welcome to Week 3 of  TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA 2024 - NZ Music Month -  with AMPLIFYING AOTEAROA | PAOROTIA AOTEAROA the theme across this year’s event, shining a light on those who are the heartbeat of our nation’s music scene and celebrating everyone who makes our incredible music and helps amplify tunes from across Aotearoa.

Fittingly for our International focus week, there is an incredible 36 shows by NZ artists right around the globe over the seven days with festivals, amazing support slots, showcases and solo gigs all across the world. We've popped all the konohete we know of in the Gigs & Shows list at the end of this newsletter - let us know if there is any that we missed! The biggest annual UK music trade and showcase event is also on this week - The Great Escape in Brighton. Four artists from Aotearoa will be taking to the stage at TGE with showcase performances from DARTZ, Tom Lark, Kylie Price and Earth Tongue - and the NZ Music Commission x M For Montreal event is wrapping up just as this hits your inbox.

These pānui are released weekly during May - if you'd like something included, please email with the subject Weekly Newsletter or fill in the submission form here.

Kia pai tō wiki!

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TEE ME UP! - our merch design competition thanks to the excellent AS Colour and Karousel Screenprinting - entries close on 23 May at 11:59PM.

Submit an original merch design promoting your music or band for the chance to WIN 50 t-shirts, printed and delivered! All designs will be presented to a judging panel with the winner announced the following week. For submission details as well as the full terms and conditions, please check out the TEE ME UP! page here.


The incredible list of speakers for this year's NZ Music Month Summit may just make it the best one yet! Produced in partnership with the MMF and Music Commission, the guests this year include Leah Harris (Artist and Label Partnerships Lead, Spotify), Stan Walker (Artist), Frances Carter (Photographer and Director), Brandon Haru (Producer), Martin Sagadin (Filmmaker), Emily Wheatcroft-Snape (Audio Engineer, Record Enable),  Sports Team (Filmmakers) and many more!

Join us for this inspiring one-day event - tickets are free, but you need to register here. Check out more information on the Music Commission website and download a handy scroll-able programme here.


Tonight in Auckland’s Strand Arcade, music kōrero will take over the space with a live podcast featuring prominent Tanagata Moana songwriters Teremoana Rapley and Rubi Du, facilitated by Lucky Lance of Team Dynamite and Sky Pirates fame alongside DJ and Auckland Council arts programmer Gene Rivers. Read more about the Fetu Creative Forum here.

Collaborating with Chamber Music New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s best known musicians, producers, and innovators, Tiki Taane (Ngāti Maniapoto) and multidisciplinary artist Kereama Taepa (Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa) have joined forces to merge their two worlds together and create a brand new performance experience – Mai Te Uira. Starting in Hawke’s Bay today, the event moves to Whangārei and Te Puke later in the month.

The Rock are celebrating the best homegrown rock this NZ Music Music Month - and they're really putting their money where their mouth is with THE KIWI PAYOUT! Every time you hear a NZ track this week between 9am - 5pm, you can call 0800 ROCK PHONE and you could instantly win $50 cash!

Horowhenua isn’t letting the mighty Manawatū take all the NZMM glory - there are free events coming up for NZ Music Month in both Foxton and Levin - get all the info on the Horowhenua FB page here or over at the Horowhenua Chronicle. Things kick off on Friday with a Record Fair in Levin at Freemasons Centre and Sunday 19th sees five live bands and artists perform in a day of free music at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton from 11am until 5pm. There’ll be singer-songwriters, reggae and even a 12-piece brass band. Next weekend sees the return of the famous Levin Music Month and Levin Music Fest with events throughout the township - more details will be revealed via our friends at Kings Sound Centre.

The Coconet are celebrating NZ Music Month the Fresh Way! Check out artists Spdrtwnbby and Ruby Coley as they speak on what it's like being a musician in Aotearoa, get to know emerging idol Hales and watch the Pasifika Artists Quick-Fire Q&A!

On Wednesday in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Ara Toi’s Creative Capability series of Music Pathways workshops for NZ Music Month ends with a session on Music Copyright. Learn about the basics of music copyright, how to keep your music making safe and all about royalties. RSVP for a free ticket here.

The Karangahape Road Block Party launches on Thursday 23 May from 5-9 PM celebrating NZ Music Month with some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s best and brightest, featuring an extraordinary line-up of local musical talent in, outside and around the block between Pitt to Queens Streets. Get all the details here.

For Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa and the 40th anniversary of Radio 1, Otago University magazine Critic Te Ārohi is running a series called Local Produce, covering four iconic Dunedin bands by way of interviewing a member about their legacy. So far they’ve covered Bored Games and The Clean with two more pieces to come.

Also this week … Rising stars Borderline have a special All Ages show with guests Fan Club for NZ Music Month next Thursday … The Aotearoa Music Month 2024 series at Hide Club in Christchurch presents some of the most exciting new acts in Drum & Bass this Friday - Mylen & Jess Rhodes … Westland District Library are going to get rowdy with a NZMM Jam Session at 5pm on 22 May … Also on 22nd, Maggie Coco is hosting a workshop on getting Performance Ready in partnership with Creative Northland and Wards Music in Whangārei … Te Māngai Pāho x NZ On Air have combined their powers for an excellent new Te Reo Māori Playlist … Moshtix have picked their favourite gigs by artists from Aotearoa on the horizon … Ebony Lamb plays a special early-evening show upstairs at Vogelmorn, where this one-off show will highlight the songs from her Taite Music Prize nominated debut album … Georgia Lines has been releasing a series of her favourite local covers for NZMM. So far we’ve heard Brooke Fraser, Crowded House, Bic Runga - who will come next? … Georgia's own stunning new single Wayside is the Locals Only track of the week on ZM ... Auckland Writers Festival has some great music-adjacent events this year - but if you slept on A Waiata In An Hour with Troy Kingi unfortunately it is well and truly sold out  … and so much more!


The Music Commission was stoked to announce a series of Gig Starters events across the motu - all about how to put on All Ages gigs! Each hui starts with a  a panel discussion where knowledgeable music industry professionals take a deep dive into the ins and outs of running a successful All Ages show.

This is followed by an interactive soundcheck, making sure everything is ready to go for the grand finale - a free All Ages gig to cap off the event featuring some amazing local artists. For more information and to RSVP, head here.


  • 10A - She Likes Him (feat. The Starting Lineup) - Single
  • 10A - Stuck in My Feels (feat. The Starting Lineup) - Single
  • Alba Rose - Home (Kédu Remix) - Single
  • Alec - Another Year - Single
  • AW - SIMPLE SONGS - Single (Bundle)
  • Back to the Hillside - I'll Take You There - Single
  • beet-wix - slug level standards - Single
  • Birdation - a real handful - EP
  • Carb On Carb - Take Time - Album
  • CHAII - Nights Like This - Single + Video
  • Chris Barclay - Las Vegas Alien - Single + Video
  • Christoph El Truento - Performer Dub / P​ī​wari - Single (Bundle)
  • demi dane - kiss the smoke - Single
  • Dera Meelan - Nayfin (feat. AP) - Single
  • Earth Tongue - Out Of This Hell - Single + Video
  • Ekko Park - Let’s Talk About Last Night… The End Of The World - EP
  • ELENA - Try (Just A Little) (feat. Jaevan) - Single
  • Finn Johansson & NY OH - We Still Got It - Single
  • Georgia Lines - Drive - Cover Video
  • Goodnight My Darling - Ruby - Single
  • HIRI - Little Old Blue Car - Video
  • Jordan Rakei - The Loop - Album
  • Karl Sölve Steven & Rob Thorne - Black Coast Vanishings - Adapted Score Album
  • Kylie Price - Next Of Kin - Single

  • Lola - Portal: Live at Drake Studios - Video
  • Lucre - HYPERREAL - EP
  • Monk Seals - You Can Fly - Single
  • Nat Hathaway - Hold Me - Album
  • Nazareth Black - 14 Freestyle - Single
  • Nice Girl - Yummy - Album
  • Night Lunch - Measure Twice, Cut Once - Album
  • No Life - Obnoxious (feat. Emmure) – Single
  • Pax Maisin - Panini Clutch - Single
  • Robinson - The War on Art
  • Sam Bambery - Rubricator – Album
  • ß& - Clime - Single (Bundle)
  • SWIDT - Catch Flights Not Feelings (feat. Jarna) - Single
  • SWIDT - Money Bags (feat. Jevon) - Single
  • SWIDT - Ric Flair (Re-release) - Single
  • Tender Moonlight - Distant Memory Of A Girl - Single + Video
  • Tess Liautaud - Here Go The Lovers - Single + Video
  • The Advocators - Songs From An Endless Night - Album
  • The Narcs - No Turning Back - EP (Digital Remaster)
  • Thomas Powers - A Tyrant Crying In Private - Debut Solo Album
  • Tom Verberne - I Will If You Will - Single
  • Tom Young - I've Lost the Only Way Back Home - Single
  • Valere - Gold Dust - EP
  • WAI - Tōku Reo Tōku Taonga (feat. THC ' The HAATI Coastie') - Single
  • Zoe Jennings - Cruel World - Single


Murrays Bay Intermediate were the first 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


  • 16/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at The Halls, Wolverhampton, England
  • 16/05/2024     DARTZ at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 16/05/2024     Earth Tongue at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 16/05/2024     Fazerdaze (solo show) at Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 16/05/2024     Jordan Rakei at The Wardrobe, Leeds, England
  • 16/05/2024     Kylie Price at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 16/05/2024     L.A.B at The Nile Theater, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • 16/05/2024     Tom Lark at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 17/05/2024     Chaos in the CBD at Perron, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 17/05/2024     DARTZ at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 17/05/2024     L.A.B at Ventura Music Hall, Ventura, California, USA
  • 17/05/2024     OPIUO at Otherworld, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 17/05/2024     Tom Lark at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 18/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger, Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 18/05/2024     Chaos in the CBD at Plaza Monumental de Barcelona, Spain
  • 18/05/2024     DARTZ at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 18/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Desertfest, London, England
  • 18/05/2024     Fazerdaze (solo show) at Schubas, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 18/05/2024     L.A.B at Mayjah Vibes Festival, Adelanto, California, USA
  • 18/05/2024     Lady Shaka at Full House, Kyoto, Japan
  • 18/05/2024     OPIUO at Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • 18/05/2024     Tom Lark at The Great Escape 2024, Brighton, England
  • 19/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at Academy, Manchester, England
  • 19/05/2024     Chaos in the CBD at Boiler Room: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 19/05/2024     DARTZ at Signature Brew Haggerston, London, England
  • 19/05/2024     Fat Freddy's Drop at Blues on Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia
  • 19/05/2024     L.A.B at Quarry Park Ampitheatre, Rocklin, California, USA
  • 20/05/2024     DARTZ at MTC, Koln, Germany
  • 20/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 20/05/2024     Kylie Price Live! At The Yard Festival - Tileyard North, West Yorkshire, England
  • 21/05/2024     Black Smoke Trigger at Swansea Arena, Swansea, Wales
  • 21/05/2024     DARTZ at Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
  • 21/05/2024     Earth Tongue at Feierwerk, München, Germany
  • 21/05/2024     L.A.B at Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
  • 22/05/2024     DARTZ at Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 22/05/2024     Earth Tongue at p.m.k. in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 22/05/2024     TE KAAHU at Lake Buena Vista, California, USA

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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