Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month 2022 Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 - Level Up

Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month 2022 Weekly Newsletter Vol. 4 - Level Up

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to week four of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | NZ Music Month 2022. There’s one full week left of May, but there’s no slowing down the events around Aotearoa celebrating Kiwi music. This is our last EDM for the month that will highlight gigs, events and key news, but we’ll be back next Monday with one final newsletter filled with ways to continue levelling up throughout 2022 and beyond.

This year’s theme is Level Up, with a focus on up-and-coming artists making waves in the music industry, celebrating the success of rising stars, and continuing to boost them as they climb the ranks in Aotearoa. Thanks so much for tuning in for another year of NZ Music Month newsletters - catch you in 2023!


●  This Friday is NZ Music T-Shirt Day! Don your favourite Kiwi music merchandise and donate by texting MUSIC to 2448 to support MusicHelps, who are providing crucial support throughout Aotearoa for music workers. From managers to musicians, sound engineers to tour managers, their services are available to anyone who is struggling. Find out more at their website.

●  The MMF Aotearoa and NZ Music Commission are delighted to be hosting the NZ Music Month Summit this Saturday, May 28th! Providing useful, practical information to emerging artists and music professionals, the Summit will be at The Tuning Fork in Auckland, kicking off at 11:00am. The day will feature a number of fantastic panellists, covering all the basics to help rising artists shine. There are only a handful of (free!) tickets still available - secure yours here. There will also be a free live stream of the event for anyone who can’t be there in person - you do not need to register for the live stream.

●  Live Nation and Vodafone are set to hold their first Ones to Watch showcase of 2022 in Ōtautahi tomorrow evening! The showcase will feature three up-and-coming local artists, committing to levelling them up through the Ones to Watch programme. Bexy, Mousey and Pickle Darling will take the stage, and be the next three monthly artists featured on the website.

●  To round off NZ Music Month, the Taite Music Prize will be awarded this Sunday. The coveted award will recognise an artist who has demonstrated outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained in one recording, released by a Kiwi artist in the last year. Good luck to all the finalists!

●  SRN - the Student Radio Network - are broadcasting 100% NZ music for the final week of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA on all their stations across the country - Radio 1 in Ōtepoti Dunedin, RDU in Ōtautahi Christchurch, RadioActive in Pōneke Wellington, Radio Control in Te Papa-i-Oea Palmerston North and 95bFM in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Across the SRN, it will be a jam-packed week with live to airs from amazing NZ artists, exclusive interviews and specialist shows - plus some exciting in-person events. 

●  KICK are letting one more Kiwi artist take over the Pass the Aux feature this week - Laney Blue! The Ōtepoti-based folk-pop band is known for their honest, heartfelt and at times, melancholic storytelling. Fronted by Olive Butler and Nick Tipa, they’re supported by friends and musicians-in-arms Jeremy Clark and Zac Nicholls. Check it out every day this week between 3-4pm.

●  Mai FM are celebrating NZ Music Month by recognising some of the best in the biz and supporting local with the Mai Backyard Beats 50 Countdown. They’ve put together the country’s top 50 songs and will be playing them out on Sunday, May 28th.

●  Coast are giving away official NZ Music Month merch on their website! Fill in the form on their website to be in to win.

●  Universal Music have announced their new Beats to Bag initiative, working with Kiwi artists Benee, SIX60, and Drax Project to upcycle artists merchandise and produce exclusive limited-edition bags that will raise funds for MusicHelps. Using brand-new but unsold merchandise, 1,000 limited-edition bags will be sold via a dedicated website.

●  Last Thursday, the Waiata Reo showcase returned, featuring some incredible local artists. Anna Coddington, Kings, HINA, Georgia Lines, Huia, Mohi, Rei and more performed at a special concert to showcase Waiata Reo Māori songwriters and performers. If you missed out, you’re in luck - watch back the whole show here.



●  It’s your last chance to see photographs from the local music scene for free in Aotea Square thanks to Auckland Live, with FromThePit wrapping up this Friday. A celebration of live music, the exhibition is from Wednesday - Friday between 12pm - 6:30pm, with all information here.

●  The Legendary NZ Music Month Quiz is back this Wednesday, May 25th! Get your music-loving pals together for a fun night at The Tuning Fork, with prizes to be won, silent auctions to be bid on, and money to be raised for MusicHelps. Tickets available from Moshtix.

●  Miles Calder continues his Pushing and Pulling album release tour this week, visiting New Plymouth on Thursday, May 26th, followed by Palmerston North on Friday and Wellington on Saturday. Nominated for Best Folk Artist at this year's Aotearoa Music Awards, Miles returns off the back of his celebrated 2021 solo debut album Autopilot Life. With an abundance of new material to test out, audiences will be treated to a night of fantastic music and good vibes. Tickets available from UTR.

●  This Thursday, May 26th is your last chance to join music historian Gareth Shute on his Historical Music Venue Tours, supported by Auckland Live. While the guided tours might be finishing up, self-guided tours are available at any time through the Auckland Stories app! Find more info here.

●  This Saturday, May 28th, Auckland UNESCO City of Music and Women in Film & Television (WIFT) will celebrate women (inclusive of gender non-confirming, transgender and intersex people) in screen and music with a networking event. The hui will take place at the Herald Theatre, with an aim of building a community of female screen and music professionals in Aotearoa. Tickets are $5, with proceeds going to MusicHelps.

●  Actor and vocalist Waimihi Hotere will be joined by dancer Kurahapainga Te Ua, Taonga Puoro specialist Horomona Horo, sonic producer Dr Jeremy Mayall, and performance painter Regan Balzer for TE PAE NUKU: Exploring the Earthly Realm. They’ll explore the resonant energy of papatūānuku (the land), emotions, rūaumoko (earthquakes), the seed of life, the depths of minerals and more, responding instinctively through artistic expression. Tickets for the online event taking place this Thursday, May 26th are available here.

●  This Thursday, May 26th, in conjunction with TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA, Depot Artspace are pleased to host celebrated Kiwi musician, author and entrepreneur Jan Hellriegel, who will share insights into her career, and provide tips for aspiring musicians. With a focus on levelling up up-and-comers, topics will include how to value your work, copyrighting, negotiating fees, hybrid career models, how to make money out of art and more. This free event is open to the public, with further information found here.

●  Thursdays I’m In Love is back featuring P.H.F, Babyteeth & BUB! Celebrating the local music scene, The Tuning Fork will hear the sweet sounds of three incredible Kiwi musicians for you to fall in love with. Tickets are only $10, available from Eventfinda.

●  Lower Hutt’s Dowse Museum are celebrating NZ Music Month with their after-hours exhibition this Wednesday, May 26th. Sing your heart out in a karaoke contest hosted by artist Suzanne Tamaki (Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi); Enjoy a drink while DJ Jamie Berry (Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi) mixes up some home-grown beats; and seek a little guidance from Samuel Te Kani who will be giving tarot readings upstairs in Mark Schroder: Fortune Teller (No. 2) (Branch Office). Check it all out here.

●  Head along to Whammy this Thursday, May 26th for A Night with Ha The Unclear, an intimate live performance and conversation with critically acclaimed alternative indie band Ha The Unclear. Hosted by Hahko, hear the story of the band through music and conversation across ninety minutes in a live podcast format. Tickets are selling quickly, with the last few available from Under the Radar.

●  The Palms shopping centre in Christchurch are hosting a free silent disco at The Oasis Christchurch to celebrate NZ Music Month! Featuring local Christchurch-based artists, this all-ages event is open to all. Spot prizes will be awarded for the best dancers during the disco this Friday, May 27th. Check out their website for more info.

●  Kiwi Grooves is back! Taking over the Ōtaki Māori Racing Club this Friday, May 27th, House of Shem, Ardijah, Herbs (acoustic), Che Fu and more will get fans grooving at this throwback concert. They’re also set to visit Taranaki the following night. More info is available here.

●  Down in Ōtepoti DunedinSpectacle have been celebrating throughout the month with Monocle - Musical Furniture, an interactive foray into synthesised music, transforming the very familiar George Street precinct into immersive, interactive sound installations. This Friday, May 27th they’ll be hosting a closing party, with lighting and full spectrum sound reinforcement, with Paracosm Party presenting an incredible live performance on the furniture instruments. Check it out here!

●  Sounds of Aotearoa is set to take over downtown Auckland with an epic DJ line-up performing outside of the iconic Auckland Town Hall clock tower. Experience amazing visuals thanks to Creature Post, and a line-up of Kiwi DJs curated by King Kapisi, who will be playing sets that have a heavy focus on local music. This free, all-ages event is on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th - more details found here.

●  On Friday, May 27th, the next Femme n Bass night will take over Moon in Wellington, featuring music from talented producers and DJs. This multi-genre mix evening will provide high-octane DNB to tasty breaks, footwork and garage, with some incredible local wāhine taking the stage. Join BB Mage, Drain Mane, Foxtrot, Lazy Daisy and حلالاماما this Friday - tickets available here.

●  Until Saturday, May 28th, Aucklanders will have the chance to catch Synthesis, Aotearoa’s first 3D-printed musical instrument exhibition. This free event hosted as part of Techweek and NZ Music Month is available to check out at Depot Artspace. More info available here.

●  Send off NZ Music Month right with a big night of DNB at Auckland’s Sweatshop this Saturday, May 28th. Local legends State of Mind, Witters, MC Crafty and more will take over the decks to celebrate Kiwi music the best way they know how. Tickets available from Eventfinda!

●  Head along to 12 Bar on Friday, May 27th for a showcase of progressive rock/metal bands for the Aotearoa Prog Alliance Tour, featuring Pull Down the Sun, Claemus, Elidi, Via Kaleidoscope and Distance - tickets are available here. They’ll also visit Dunedin’s U Bar the following night, with tickets available from their website.

●  Sam Bartell is set to take his music to the stage at Ponsonby Social Club this Saturday, May 28th. Never one to shy away from revealing his true feelings, Bartell's gritty lyrics once more expose the fragility of human nature, and the relatable struggle to maintain emotional stability through the ups and downs of life. With his heart on his sleeve, his lyrics are remarkably candid, featuring his past struggles with alcohol and substance abuse. Get your tickets here, and check out this rising star before the rest of the world does.

●  Sandy Mill is a performer you’ll often find her behind turntables, hosting bi-weekly radio show ‘The Taster’ on Base FM, mentoring young artists through Island Base, or lending her amazing vocal talents to other legends of Kiwi music. This Saturday, May 28th you’ll have the chance to see her showcasing her own tracks when Sandy Mill & The Business take the stage at the Titirangi Theatre in Lopdell House. Sandy has gathered some top shelf talent to help bring her new & old songs to life, including collaborator Jeremy Toy, Crystal Choi, Chip Matthews & Julien Dyne.

●  The Sound Projekt is set to take over the Auckland Museum Event Centre this Saturday, May 28th! To celebrate NZ Music Month, they’re bringing beatmakers and street dancers together to find some hot new talent. Tickets available here.

●  Women About Sound are hosting a practical workshop this Sunday, May 29th, encouraging the development of a thriving and diverse music community for cis and transgender women, and gender diverse people in Aoteroa. Lora Thompson will take you through the steps to create your own fuzz guitar pedal, with tickets available here.

●  NZ Trio are taking their LEGACY show to Auckland this Sunday, May 29th. The show will feature the mightiest masterpieces of the piano trio repertoire alongside the latest commissions from local leading-lights and genre-busters, and the discovery of lesser-known works from familiar names to prime the senses. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

●  NZ Music Month is a great reminder to visit Kaleidoscope World: Forty Years of Flying Nun at the Hocken Library. A celebration of 40 years of ‘Flying Nun’ and the Dunedin musicians associated with the label, featuring items from across all Hocken’s collections with the majority of exhibited materials coming from the Music and Posters collections. Check it out at Hocken Collections, with more info here.

●  Geraldine High School will bring together a range of artists from both the junior and senior school on Thursday, May 26th, with their live performance of MAYDAY. The event will focus solely on Kiwi music, with all ticket sale profits going toward purchasing equipment for the school’s music department. All info can be found here.



●  Auckland musician Matthew Young has become one of NZ’s most-celebrated pop-centric musicians, appreciated for his catchy beats laden with indie, electronic and R&B shadings. His new single Good Things will come out this Friday, May 27th, a surefire hit that will have Kiwis entranced.

●  Sam Bartell is set to release a new single this Friday, entitled New Intentions. Never one to shy away from revealing his true feelings, this single will be no different, showing that Bartell is a force to be reckoned with.

●  Curated by producers born or currently residing in Aotearoa, FOOTMAHI 2022 is a collection of 100% Kiwi tracks curated by Liam Swiggs. Check it out on Bandcamp.

●  Ōtautahi songwriter Bryony Matthews follows February's assured first new single in five years Who Am I Now with fresh stunner Yellow Flowers. Recorded with friends Amiria Grenell, Josh Hplmes (Junus Orca), Victoria Knopp, Alice Tanner and Ryan Fisherman.

●  Award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons has a new single - Slow Burn. Hypnotic and meandering, the single has a warm and relaxed vibe, with Parsons’ mellow emotive vocal resigned to the highs and lows of life.

●  X-Factor finalist Anna Wilson is back on the music scene with a new track, Stranger in the Room. Anna and her team including producer Jonathan Campbell of 1212 Music and Big Pop Studios have written and produced this cautious thriller that has been selected as one of the NZ on Air new tracks for the month of May. 

●  Aotearoa’s next breakout star PRINS is back with On The Low! After riding high on the success of That’s the thing x, this single exudes confidence and sass, as she explores the adolescent fantasies of a forbidden relationship.

●  Reb Fountain returns with a brand new music video for Fisherman, taken from her critically acclaimed 2021 album IRIS. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests, Fisherman is directed by Lola Fountain-Best and shot on super 8 film at Reb’s home.

●  Dunedin based alternative rock artist, Michael Morris has announced a European tour for the release of his new album, titled Metamorphosis. The show itinerary includes six headline concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lyon, throughout June and July this year. Metamorphosis is available across all streaming platforms on Friday, May 27th.

●  10-year old singer Aanvi.S has released a self-written song dedicated to people in Ukraine, I See You Now. Available on all streaming platforms, the music video is out now on YouTube.

●  Tāmaki Makaurau based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Jeffreys has released his debut single Echoes. One of four songs on Jeffrey’s first EP This New Feeling Called Bliss releasing on the 27th of May, and will provide a preview into the groovy psychedelic experience yet to come.

●  Teenage singer-songwriter Aidan Fine has released his new track Something New. Born in Florida, raised in Johannesburg, and now a proud Aucklander, the single is out on streaming platforms now.

●  The Sean Richards and Huia collaboration Punakaiki is a dance/drum & bass track you will want to check out this Friday when it is released this Friday!

●  Wiri Donna’s EP Being Alone is out Friday, May 27th, featuring the two stand-out singles Dream of Me and No Follow Through.

●  Georgia Lines is celebrating TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA with the release of her te reo hymn Hine E Hine on Friday.

●  Whakapapa is the new single from Māori hip-hop star Rei, also out this Friday.

●  If you weren’t lucky enough to witness triumphant return of Team Dynamite at the Auckland Town Hall, don’t fear – RNZ were there to capture the whole event! The resulting album Team Dynamite LIVE, is out 27 May.  

●  Voodoo Bloo have gone with a split single for their end of May release - We're Here and Love is Somewhere Else are both drawn from their sophomore album out this July.

●  Christchurch folk music legend Al Park releases his first album in over 20 years this week called Pony.

●  Emerging R&B artist ELIAS’ new single Don't Stop is sure to be making waves when it is released on Friday, May 27th.

●  Award-wining dub-fusion group Rhombus continue their return to the spotlight with the much-awaited album After Party, out this Friday.

●  Alternative rock band Racing release their new single High For My Lovers on 27 May.

●  Rising Pōneke R&B artist $ando has just released new single Take Flight that you can check out, alongside their previous five singles, over on Spotify.


There will be one last newsletter for this TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | NZ Music Month next Tuesday, looking at all the upskilling events and initiatives going on around Aotearoa that you can use to #LEVELUP over the coming months.

NZ Music Month is run by the NZ Music Commission, with support from APRA AMCOS, Independent Music NZ, Māori Music Industry Coalition, the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa, Music Producers Guild of Aotearoa NZ, NZ On Air, Recorded Music NZ, SOUNZ and Te Māngai Pāho.  The purpose of NZ Music Month to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.

Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month 2022: Level Up





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