Kiwi Songbirds

Kiwi women have long held their own when it comes to songwriting. From a 17-year-old Shona Laing performing her self-penned ‘1905‘ on Studio One’s New Faces, to Bic Runga becoming the youngest inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame; from the 80s girl power of Sharon O’Neill, to the chutzpah of Anika Moa and Gin Wigmore. They know a chorus from a coda — in this spotlight we reflect on songs and songstresses that have found their way into Kiwi hearts. 


Shona Laing, Music Video, 1972


Sharon O'Neill, Music Video, 1983

Homegrown Profiles: Anika Moa

Television, 2005 (Full Length)


Bic Runga, Music Video, 1997

Wise Women and Song

Television, 1993 (Full Length)

Making Music - Moana Maniapoto

Short Film, 2005 (Full Length)

Kimbra - Berkley Middle School

Television, 2002 (Excerpts)


Gin Wigmore, Music Video, 2008

Making Music - Hinewehi Mohi

Short Film, 2005 (Full Length)

Newsview - Shona Laing profile

Television, 1973 (Excerpts)

Asian Paradise

Sharon O'Neill, Music Video, 1980

Walk (Back to Your Arms)

Tami Neilson, Music Video, 2014

Something in the Water

Brooke Fraser, Music Video, 2010

Tiny Little Piece of My Heart

Bic Runga, Music Video, 2012

Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands - Lorde excerpt

Television, 2009 (Excerpts)


Moana and the Moahunters, Music Video, 1991


Hollie Smith, Music Video, 2007

Falling in Love Again

Anika Moa, Music Video, 2002

(Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy

Shona Laing, Music Video, 1987


Anika Moa, Music Video, 2001

The Way I Feel

Jan Hellriegel, Music Video, 1992

Making Music - Whirimako Black

Short Film, 2005 (Full Length)


Sharon O'Neill, Music Video, 1981

Mercy of Love

Shona Laing, Music Video, 1992

Homegrown Profiles: Bic Runga

Television, 2005 (Full Length)


Moana and the Moahunters, Music Video, 1994

Simply on My Lips

Kimbra, Music Video, 2007


Brooke Fraser, Music Video, 2006

Radio with Pictures - Women Songwriters

Television, 1988 (Full Length Episode)

Cameo Lover

Kimbra, Music Video, 2011

Kia U

Hinewehi Mohi, Music Video, 1992


Hollie Smith, Music Video, 2010


Sharon O'Neill, Music Video, 1980

Standing in this Fire

Anika Moa, Music Video, 2008