Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to the first weekly e-newsletter for TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | NZ Music Month 2022! NZ Music Month launched with a bang yesterday, with a huge focus on this year’s theme: Level Up. This year will shine a spotlight on artists making waves in the music industry, celebrate the success of up-and-coming artists, and continue to boost them as they climb the ranks in Aotearoa. 

These weekly e-newsletters will showcase the great activity planned across Aotearoa throughout May, with a huge number of events taking place from the top of the country to the bottom. We’d also love to hear from you with any suggested newsletter inclusions, interview requests or further information.


NZ Herald’s beloved music publication TimeOut is back! NZ Herald have partnered with TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA for a special NZ Music Month themed issue, graced by cover star Chelsea Jade. Featuring The Beths, Troy Kingi, Tami Neilson and more, the issue is on shelves today inside the New Zealand Herald. Check out a sneak peek of the issue below, and head out and grab a copy while you can.

Today Vodafone & Live Nation have announced their next Ones to Watch artist, the formidable Auckland fuzz-pop trio Na Noise! The Ones to Watch programme aims to lift up-and-coming artists, making it a perfect tie-in for NZ Music Month’s2022 ‘Level Up’ theme. Head to their website to find out more.

Last week, Auckland Live announced their stacked lineup of events to celebrate NZ Music Month across May. Aucklanders will be treated to a series of free and ticketed events, with the full lineup available to check out here.

Much-loved Kiwi DJ duo Lee Mvtthews have teamed up with Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen to create a smooth New Zealand Pilsner to celebrate NZ Music Month. The beer, aptly named ‘Lee Mxthsbrew’ will be available exclusively at Sweatshop during May.

iHeartRadio station KICK are revitalising their regular ‘Pass the Aux’ feature for NZ Music Month, with a Kiwi artist featuring every week to share their favourite songs from local artists. First up is alternative-pop artist Cammy, on the station every day this week between 3-4pm to share his favourite tracks.

Rubber Monkey are supporting this year’s theme ‘Level Up’ by helping out unsigned artists through a competition where hopeful entrants will provide an original composition, with over $4000 in prizes to be won. Get all the details at their website here.

Supporting CureKids, a group of celebrated Kiwi musicians have teamed up with Great Full to create CureJams, a kids pyjama range to raise funds for children’s health. Anika Moa, Neil Finn, SOL3 MIO, Hollie Smith, Ladyhawke and Tami Neilson have each created and donated original artwork for the limited edition range. Check out the range here to donate to a good cause, and have your little ones look cute while doing it!

During TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA Kiwi-owned fan engagement platform Swysh are celebrating local artists in association with August Avenue, NZ Music Commission and charity partner MusicHelps. Since 2020, Swysh has been surprising fans across Aotearoa with personalised video messages from sport stars, and now they’re expanding to musicians to connect with Kiwi artists like never before, all while donating to a worthy cause. Check out the stars on offer at their website.

AMS Nightlife are proud to partner with some of New Zealand’s finest musicians during NZ Music Month to promote New Zealand Played, in a bid to get more Kiwis playing local music in over 1,200 venues across the country. Local legends including The Black Seeds, The Phoenix Foundation, Theia, Muroki and Tom Larkin (Shihad) have created short video messages in support of the cause. Check out more over at their website.

AudioCulture & NZ On Screen have been working away behind the scenes for months to bring back Give It A Whirl - the 2003 series on the history of NZ popular music, with the full season available to stream on-demand now. Relive some of the classic tales from the musical past of Aotearoa at NZ On Screen, and read Nick Bollinger’s excellent piece about the six episodes of Give It A Whirl on AudioCulture here. There is also a limited edition Give It A Whirl t-shirt designed by Lily Paris West available in the official NZMM merch store this year, with all sales of the shirt (and other merch in the NZ Music Month store) going to MusicHelps.  


Albi & The Wolves will kick off their nationwide tour at Hauraki House in Coromandel tomorrow evening, followed by a huge slate of shows around the country throughout the month. The trio have gone from strength to strength since their conception in 2014, touring Australia, NZ and Rarotonga, as well as taking home the Best Folk Artist Award and the NZ Vodafone Music Awards in 2018. Tickets are $25, with more info available here.

Founded in 2019, FromThePit 2022 Music Photography Exhibition is a free celebration of live music photography from some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most notable concert photographers, starting today in Aotea Square. Head down to check it out every Wednesday - Friday between 12pm - 6:30pm to reminisce on concert memories of the past.

Down in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Spectacle have announced Monocle - Musical Furniture, an interactive foray into synthesised music. The very familiar George Street precinct into immersive, interactive sound installations. A collection of local artists will introduce pieces of the installation and demonstrate the unique capabilities of the instruments with a short public performance. Check it out every Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 3pm during May.

Niko Walters will kick off his White Flags album release tour in Christchurch this Thursday May 5th, followed by Wellington on Friday May 6th, and Auckland on Saturday May 7th. For the first time, fans will experience the hit single Not My Neighbour live, with more tunes set to please crowds from his debut album Escape

Trioglodyte are back at The Wine Cellar with Riki Gooch, Jake Baxendale andSean Martin-Buss this Thursday, May 5th. Tickets are only $20 on the door, so get in early and find a prime spot to witness the action at this iconic Auckland music venue.

Speaking of iconic venues, Auckland Live continues their support of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA with the return of the Historical Music Venue Tours! Hosted by award-winning author and historian Gareth Shute, the free tours will take you on a brand-new journey from Karangahape Road down to Aotea Square, stopping at a number of quintessential music venues along the way. If you fancy doing the tour alone, you can follow along via the Auckland Stories app, available on the Apple Store and Google Play. From Sunday 8 May, tours run every Thursday and Sunday, more info available from the Auckland Live website.

Auckland Live is set to kick off their slate of activities across May with indie-pop trio KITA performing in Auckland’s Aotea Square this Friday, May 6th. Joining them is synth-wizard ZUKE, and aiding their psychedelic tunes with incredible visuals is live visuals performer (VJ) and artists, Naomi Lamb. The free concert will also include NZSL interpreters for everyone to enjoy.

Auckland crowd-favourite venue Sweatshop is hosting a gig on Saturday, May 7th to celebrate NZ Music Month that will have you swinging your hips all night long! With performances from Savage, DJ Sirvere, Kings, Vayne, Katayanagi Twins and Bella Shanti, tickets are only $25 and available from Eventfinda.

To celebrate his upcoming third album Leave Love Out of This, a nationwide tour from Anthonie Tonnon kicks off on Friday, May 6th in Christchurch, followed by a Dunedin show on Saturday, May 7th. Having recently focused on delivering thematic solo shows, this tour will see Tonnon perform with a full band for the first time since 2018. Tickets are available from his website.

Salmonella Dub will perform at Old Mac’s Farm this Saturday, May 7th for a family-friendly multimedia show, complete with old classics and a bag of new tunes from their forthcoming album, Return to our Kōwhai. Past members Conan Wilcox and Tiki Taane will join the celebration, as well as guests Whirimako Black andLaughton Kora. Tickets and camping are available from their website.

Hosted at Mt Smart Stadium’s brand new venue offering Lilyworld, The Veils, Bic Runga, Nadia Reid and up-and-coming talent Arahi will be playing Lilypad, a koha festival this Sunday, May 8th. Lilyworld is a new space created as a throwback to the Lilyworld area at the beloved music festival, Big Day Out. Watch this space to see what the venue has to offer throughout the month! 


Rory Noble is tomorrow releasing a dreamy acoustic version of his single with Mikey Dam, What If I Can’t. 

A classic reggae tune from legends of the genre, Game Over by The Black Seedstackles difficult topics prevalent in many lives, such as depression and the daily domestic grind. The single drops Wednesday, May 4th.

Christchurch born and bred rock-artist Emma Dilemma is back with a new single Temporary You this Friday, May 6th.

TE KAAHU is set to release her album TE KAAHU O RANGI this Friday, as well as a stunning new video for the lead waiata Pai Maarire. The album delivers poignant messages of love, peace, healing and hope, while also serving as a tribute to Theia’s tūpuna wāhine and her beloved haukāinga in the Waikato. 

Auckland-based hip hop artist and producer Silas Futura will release his double EP Rā/Pō this Friday, an extension of his EP released earlier this year. 

hanbee’s new softly fuzzy single odd has been grabbing lots of attention over at Apple Music, with the track being added to their playlist New in Alternative in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and UK, and on New Music Daily in Australia and Aotearoa. 

Triple-threat Jonathan Maples is back with his new single Reply this Friday. Not only is he a star songwriter and singer, but also an incredible track athlete, proving that NZ musicians can master many crafts.

Wellington’s Wiri Donna just released the sunny jangle pop single Dream of Me, the second track from the forthcoming debut EP Being Alone, out Friday, May 20th.

Bay of Plenty singer-songwriter MOONE is releasing her second single Rockstar Mum for Mothers Day this week. The 50 year old former Sydney-based music producer hopes the track inspires older women to give new things a try, and was alongside Scott Seabright, who has worked with Six60, Neil and Tim Finn, andFat Freddy’s Drop.

Davey Beige is releasing his country-tinged classic rock 4-song EP Rise Above this coming Friday, May 6th.

Hailing from Queenstown, Aotearoa artist BLAKE is releasing the single and video for Skeptical, the first track from her upcoming EP this Friday.

Huia has collaborated with R&B star Rei for her latest single Tukua te Kūata (Love Now). The slinky groove track reminds us that life is too short to hold back the love one has for others.

Georgia Lines big-ballad showcasing her amazing voice is called Leave Behind, and will be with you on this Friday.

Soft Plastics hail from Wellington, and this indie three-piece will be delivering their track on the Monday to Friday nature of life titled Day Job this Friday, May 6th.

Pōneke native Name UL has a new single also out Friday! Who Do You Love features Vallé and Harry Parsons.

TVNZ Popstars finalists A.R.T. release their R&B track Runner Up this Friday, May 6th.

There’s so much more to come this TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | NZ Music Month, and we’re excited to keep sharing news, releases and events with you across the month. If you’d like to make an inclusion to the newsletter, please contact us. To be included in the Monday newsletter, submissions must be made the Thursday prior. See you next week!