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Turning Up the Volume

Curated by NZ On Screen team

Auckland Museum's Volume exhibition told 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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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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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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Number One Hits: 1970 - 1979

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

In the 1970s Kiwi music was making more impact, and artists’ confidence was increasing with more self-penned tracks. In May 1975, the Official NZ Top 40 Music Chart – based on a weekly survey of music sales – was introduced. Every local number one song from the 70s is represented in this Spotligh...

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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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Five Decades of NZ Number One Hits

Curated by NZ On Screen team

This collection rounds up almost every music video for a number one hit by a Kiwi artist; everything from ballads to hip hop to glam rock. Press on the images below to find the hits for each decade  — plus try this backgrounder by Michael Higgins, whose high speed history of local hits touches on the sometimes questionable ways past charts were created.  


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...

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Music Stars on Stage Downunder

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 8 Items

This Spotlight collection offers up an array of overseas acts filmed performing in NZ from a time when foreign musicians played here a little less often than nowadays (and before everything was filmed on mobile phones). Check out the menu: Iggy Pop runs amok at a Kiwi pub, U2 play Lancaster Park,...


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...