Celebrating New Zealand music month: Great Kiwi albums…

My choice of 10 great Kiwi albums

May is New Zealand Music Month, a celebration of Kiwi music.  New Zealand has a rich, vibrant music scene which has led to the creation of many excellent musicians over the years. I thought I would highlight a few great albums from Kiwi artists.

Here is my personal pick of 10 great New Zealand albums in no particular order:

1. Traction, Supergroove, 1994


2. Big Canoe, Tim Finn, 1986


3. Based on a true story, Fat Freddys Drop, 2005


4. Crowded House, Crowded House, 1986


5. Revival, Katchafire, 2003


6. Loyal, Dave Dobbyn, 1986


7. What to do with fire, Brooke Fraser, 2003


8. Broadcast, Strawpeople, 1992


9. Six 60, Six60, 2011


10. Natures Best, Various artists, 2002



There are many excellent New Zealand music albums and this is simply a small fraction. All of these albums are worth listening to but if you want an overview of Kiwi musicians find a copy of Natures Own which is a compilation of New Zealand music from the 1960’s-2000’s.

What is your favorite Kiwi album?

NZ Music Month

   NZ Music Month logoTo celebrate song and as part of NZ Music Month, Dave Dobbyn will be performing in Christchurch on Saturday 11 May at The Bedford at CPSA

daveFor this show Dave has invited an array of established and emerging songwriters to join him onstage to perform their favourite Dave Dobbyn songs. In return he performs with his guests on their own songs, which should produce some interesting collaborations and interpretations. These guests include Adam McGrath, Scribe, Marlon Williams, Aaron Tokona, Paul Urbana Jones, Terrible Sons and the Lapelles.

Christchurch City Libraries also have a programme of events.

At CPIT library there is a good selection of New Zealand and other music CDs which can be borrowed at no cost. These can be found in the music room on the ground floor. Find a CD of  your favourite singer using our Primo Library Search. Remember to look for the audio symbol at the left of a title to identify CDs on your topic e.g.


NZ Music Month

NZ Music Month

It’s that time of year again, and if you haven’t seen any live music so far this month, there is still plenty of opportunity with performances on at a variety of venues across the city every night for the rest of the month.

For anyone out there with musical talent you might want to try your hand at the “Pavlova Song” Challenge with Classic Hits.  Inspired by Kiwi painter Dick Frizzell’s iconic pavlova recipe painting, Classic Hits host, and bestselling author of ‘Kiwi Speak’ Justin Brown, figured the best way to celebrate New Zealand Music Month would be to find an iconic Kiwi artist to put the pavlova recipe into a song.  Up for grabs is $5,000 cash but you only have until 5:00pm Friday 18 May.

Need help getting started writing that song?  Check out our selection of song writing resources starting with Song Writing for Dummies.

For some classic kiwi inspiration you can’t go past Tally Ho!  Flying Nun’s Greatest Hits – available from the Library.

And for anyone who is new to NZ Music Month get up to speed by clicking this link.

Enjoy NZ Music Month and get out there and support our local musicians.

Are you a New Zealand music fan?

New Zealand album covers from CPIT library staff personal collections

How many of the above records from the last 30 years of New Zealand Music can you identify? (Double click on the image to zoom in)  Can you spot Flying Nun’s answer to We are the world/Do they know it’s christmas from 1985?  Which record features a current CPIT staff member? (Hint: we don’t have a Bats record featured).  One of the more collectable early Flying Nun records is in there somewhere (it can fetch $100.00 – $150.00 on Trade Me), do you know which one it is?  There is an album here that won 2 album awards at last years New Zealand Music Awards and 1 at the Australian Aria Music Awards, the artist themselves won 8 awards in total trans Tasman. Who are they? Please feel free to submit your answers as comments (in this very blog!).  Answers will be revealed next week.

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we have a display of New Zealand album covers just inside the library. We are also hoping to have some bands from CPIT Jazz School playing in the library before the month is over.  Watch this space for more information.

We also have some fantastic New Zealand music resources in the library.  There is the classic Stranded in paradise by John Dix, 100 essential New Zealand albums by Nick Bollinger, and “Have you checked the children?”: punk and postpunk in New Zealand, 1977-1981 by Wade Churton.  We also have DVDs such as Nesian Mystik : for the people, and CD’s such as The Great New Zealand Song Book.

CPIT is one of the sponsors for ChartFest an annual music industry expo held during New Zealand Music Month.  Our friends over at Christchurch City Libraries are also right behind New Zealand Music Month as usual with an amazing line-up of live music happening across the library network. 

Go New Zealand Music, Go New Zealand libraries!