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Turning Up the Volume

Curated by NZ On Screen team

Auckland Museum's Volume exhibition tells the story of Kiwi pop music. It's time to turn the speakers up to 11, for NZ On Screen's biggest collection yet. Turning Up the Volume showcases NZ music and musicians. Drill down into playlists of favourite artists and topics (look for the orange labels). Plus NZOS Content Director Kathryn Quirk on NZ music on screen. 

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NZ Music Month

Curated by NZ On Screen team

This NZ Music Month collection showcases NZ music television, spun from a playlist of classic documentaries and beloved music shows. From Split Enz to the NZSO, Heavenly Pop Hits to Hip Hop New Zealand, whether you count the beat or roll like this, there’s something here for all ears (and eyes). Plus music writer Chris Bourke gets Ready to Roll with this pop history primer.

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Celebrating Dave McArtney

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave McArtney achieved fame with Kiwi music legends Hello Sailor, then went solo with his band the Pink Flamingos. He composed the classic song 'Gutter Black', about “dole bludgers living in Ponsonby” and now iconic as the theme tune to Outrageous Fortune. Remembe...

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Classic Kiwi Music Festivals

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

This Spotlight collection offers the chance to sample music festival options from years gone by, as campers descend on fields from Swanson to Ngaruawahia in TV specials about classic Kiwi festivals Redwood, Nambassa, Sweetwaters (1980 and 1999) and the Big Day Out (1999). The music includes Split...

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Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 6 Items

Funksters Supergroove marshalled raps, riffs and energy to burn. Winners of a Herald Legacy Award at the 2014 Vodafone NZ Music Awards for artists that have helped shape the NZ music industry, the band's hits included ‘Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘You Gotta Know’. The Supergroove story involved teenage...

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The Flying Nun Collection

Curated by Roger Shepherd

Record label Flying Nun is synonymous with Kiwi indie music, and with autonomous DIY, bottom-of-the-world creativity. This collection celebrates the label's ethos as manifested in the music videos. Selected by label founder Roger Shepherd: "A general style may have loosely evolved ... but it was simply due to limited budgets and correspondingly unlimited imaginations."


Kiwi Music for a Cause

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 7 Items

Over the years, Kiwi celebrities have not been shy about backing charity campaigns that are close to their hearts: they've sung and cameoed on songs championing many worthy causes. This Spotlight collection looks at the classics, from America's Cup chart-topper 'Sailing Away' to the emotion of br...


Celebrating Bic

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 13 Items

In mid-November 2016, Bic Runga became the youngest inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame — she also released new album Close Your Eyes. Bic's career is a remarkable one: from early work ('You', Silver Scroll winner 'Drive' and globe-spanning single 'Sway') to later musical collaborations ('Win...


Shona Laing - Venerable Tui

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 6 Items

Pioneering singer-songwriter Shona Laing was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Her four decades in the music business began in 1972 when the 17-year-old won notice on TV talent show New Faces, with ‘1905’. Check out the forerunner for Lorde and Kimbra performing that song,...

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Finn Family Tree

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 30 Items

When Neil Finn joined brother Tim’s band, Split Enz, at the age of 18, the place of the Finn family in New Zealand music history was secured – as was the pride of Te Awamutu. Chock-full of music videos, including songs from a new generation of Finn offspring, this spotlight also features televisi...