October 21, 2021 /

IFPI releases Engaging with Music 2021

Fans around world are listening to more music – 18.4 hours (368 three-minute tracks) weekly

Fans enjoy music in more ways, as labels’ innovation drives excitement and diversity of music

Use of unlicensed music remains issue harming creators, continues to evolve

Download the full report here

Infographic available for download here

21st October 2021 – IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, has today released Engaging with Music 2021, measuring how 43,000 people across 21 countries – the largest study of its kind – engage with music.

Report highlights include:

  • Around the world, music fans are enjoying a rich and diverse mix of genres. In addition to well-known popular genres, well over 300 different genres were named by at least one person in the 43,000-person study as music they typically listen to, including gqom, axé, and hokkien song. This reflects the rich, diverse, and highly competitive music landscape fans now enjoy around the world.
  • Engagement is fuelled by music fans’ increasingly rich experiences, with music driving innovations such as short form video, livestreaming, and in-game experiences. 68% of the time spent on short form video apps involved music-dependent videos such as lip syncing and dance challenges. Furthermore, one in three (29%) said they had watched a music livestream such as a concert in the last 12 months.
  • Time spent listening to music is up globally. Fans are enjoying more music today than ever before, on average spending 4 hours a week listening to music (up from 18 hours in 2019) – the equivalent of listening to 368 three-minute tracks.
  • Driven, in part, by record labels’ investment, engagement with streaming – particularly subscription audio streaming – continues to grow, demonstrating increasing value to fans. Time spent listening to music through subscription audio streaming grew 51%, as music fans continue to embrace streaming for the access and autonomy it provides to choose the artists and the music that they love.
  • Music makes a powerful contribution to wellbeing, providing comfort and healing to many – especially younger people – in challenging times. 87% said that music provided enjoyment and happiness during the pandemic. 68% of 16-19s said new releases from their favourite artists helped them during the pandemic.
  • Music is central to what people enjoy about listening to the radio. 74% listen to the radio mainly for the music and 73% tune in to their favourite radio station because of the music it plays.
  • The availability of unlicensed music remains an issue for the music ecosystem and the threat continues to evolve. Almost one in three (29%) of people had used illegal or unlicensed methods to listen to or download music, and 4% had used unlicensed social media platforms for music purposes.

Frances Moore, IFPI Chief Executive, said: Engaging with Music 2021 tells the story of how fans around the globe are connecting with the artists and music they love in ways never before imagined, with the rapid emergence of short form video, livestreaming, and in-game experiences, all enhanced by people’s love of music.

“Record companies have enabled artists to develop their vision, licensed an abundance of music tracks to a multitude of platforms, and harnessed new technologies to pave the way for music fans around the world to connect with artists in these growing, and exciting ways.

“The freedom of record labels to license music to these new and immersive experiences is crucial to the future growth of the entire music ecosystem.  We are campaigning worldwide to ensure governments maintain or implement a fair environment in which such commercial deals can be made.”

Download Engaging with Music 2021 here

Download the accompanying infographic here

About IFPI
IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide, representing over 8,000 record company members across the globe. We work to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music around the world.

Data is based on fieldwork conducted in June and July 2021 across 21 countries and gathered the views of 43,000 respondents aged between 16-64. Panels were nationally representative in each country.


September 7, 2021 /


The music industry is seeking immediate assistance from government in the face of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Since the start of the August lockdown, hundreds of live music events have been postponed or cancelled across the country, impacting artists, crew, workers and businesses in the live music sector.

While some businesses can open at Alert Level 2, larger music events are impossible, and smaller gigs are not economically viable, especially with the new Delta Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The music industry supports the government’s Covid response which enabled kiwis to enjoy a summer of live music in 2020/2021.

However, targeted financial assistance is urgently needed now to support artists and the infrastructure that enables live music, including crew, support staff, workers, production suppliers, venues and promoters.

Music organisations have written to government requesting urgent targeted assistance including:

• extension of the wage subsidy to cover the live music sector at alert level 2 as well as higher alert levels,
or an equivalent income support payment from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Arts and Culture
Covid Recovery Fund

• a contribution to charity MusicHelps to fund emergency relief grants to individual artists and support
payments for music businesses and

• funding an extension of the NZ Music Venue Infrastructure Fund.

The organisations have also sought targeted support for the sector over the coming six months, by way of setting aside a fund for future needs, providing cancellation insurance for live events, review and reallocation of remaining funds in the MCH Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, further funding to continue the Aotearoa Touring Fund and music making via NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho, and expediting the commitment to support for creative careers similar to the previous PACE scheme.

For further information or media enquiries please contact:

Lydia Jenkin at APRA AMCOS on ljenkin@apra.co.nz or

Jo Oliver at Recorded Music NZ on jo@recordedmusic.co.nz

Download the PDF of this letter HERE

Header image © Mark Roach

July 22, 2021 /

Membership Update July 2021

Tēnā koutou, I am writing to share an update on the mahi Recorded Music has been doing to foster a positive culture within our workplace and the initiatives and events that we support.

We have been actively working on these issues for some time and we recognise that this is long term work.  It requires a real commitment to lead from the front and stand up for our core values, but also to listen to the experiences of people in our recorded music community, and to change where that’s needed.

When it comes to creating a positive culture, we need to acknowledge the problems and challenges in our music community.  Media and social media stories this year, along with published research, have shown us that there is a serious problem with sexual harm in our music community and many people are not safe in their workplaces.

We want to acknowledge the harm suffered by those people and the bravery of those who have come forward, while accepting that it is the culture of the music industry that has allowed these problems to happen.

In that respect we welcome the independent report Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa published recently by SoundCheck Aotearoa.  The report summarises feedback from across the music community and highlights the problems and challenges, as well as recommendations for everyone in the music community to play their part in driving change.  We will be taking up a number of the independent expert recommendations from that report and integrating them into our workplan.

The initiatives and plans outlined below are ongoing but only a starting point.  Recorded Music is mindful that we are at the beginning of a journey.  There is work ahead to embed the shared values of respect, safety and inclusion into all of our activities, in a way that best reflects the changing needs of you as members.

First and foremost we acknowledge that as a national representative music body we want to create true and meaningful partnership with tangata whenua, in addition to our activities that are supporting the revitalisation and growth of waiata reo Māori.  We will be working with advisors and the Māori Music Industry Coalition to take this mahi forward.

While we play a role in the wider music community, Recorded Music exists to serve its members.  We would love to hear from you on these issues.  If you have questions, comments or feedback, please get in touch.  You can email me directly on damian@recordedmusic.co.nz or use info@recordedmusic.co.nz.  We plan to give our members a structured opportunity to tell us what you think, and we will share more about that soon.

Recorded Music Code of Conduct

Recorded Music’s Code of Conduct outlines the expectations that we have of those that work for us and those we work with, both inside and outside the organisation.  The Code of Conduct includes principles around respecting others, acting lawfully and with integrity and acting safely and responsibly.

We are in the process of embedding the Code of Conduct across our activities, and you can expect to see more about it when you engage with us or attend our events.  For example, we expect recipients of music grants to comply with the Code of Conduct and to promote its values across the activities that we fund and support.

Safety – sexual harassment, harassment, and bullying

In the area of safety in the workplace, we have been informed by the work of SoundCheck Aotearoa.

An update on a few things we have done recently:

  • Prevention of and response to sexual harassment policy: We have adopted a policy on the prevention of and response to sexual harm. The policy addresses legal requirements and sets out our commitment to prevention, as well as a clear process for reporting incidents of sexual harassment, and a process for how we will deal with reports and complaints that we receive.  We have also set up a confidential channel for those who don’t want to formally report.
  • Prevention of and response to bullying and harassment policy:  We also adopted a policy on prevention of and response to non-sexual bullying and harassment.
  • Professional Respect training: All of our staff have attended SoundCheck Aotearoa Professional Respect training days to gain an understanding of prevention of and response to sexual harm.  Our Board and Committee members will also attend the training so we can bring prevention to life in our activities.
  • Recorded Music Grants scheme:  While we expect our music grants recipients to comply with our Code of Conduct and laws generally, from September 2021 we will explicitly require recipients to be aware of and comply with their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  These include obligations to manage the risks of sexual harassment, harassment and bullying as per WorkSafe guidance

Aotearoa Music Awards

We are proud to be the host and kaitiaki of the Aotearoa Music Awards, and as such we want everyone involved to celebrate and enjoy themselves, but also to feel safe, included and respected within the environment that we create.  That’s why in 2021 we have introduced a Statement of Expectations for the music awards, which applies to everyone involved with the awards, both in the lead up and at the event itself.

We are in the process of embedding the Statement of Expectations across all our contracting partners for the awards, and we are also working hard to implement best practice for safety at the event itself.  In doing so we will be drawing from the recommendations from the independent report Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa.

Representation and Inclusion

Recorded Music NZ has a small staff of 15 people but we recognise we have a wider impact as a leadership organisation in the music community and we need to do more to drive better representation and inclusion both internally and externally.

Some of the initiatives we have started:

  • We have adopted a policy statement on Representation and Inclusion and we are working to implement it across our organisation and activities.  Applicants to our grants scheme are required to consider representation and inclusion within their funded activities, and we are actively promoting it within the Aotearoa Music Awards.
  • We have recently joined Diversity Works NZ and we are auditing all of our internal policies and procedures for staff and hiring to see where we can improve our practices.
  • We are looking at how we can embed our partnership with tangata whenua, and better representation and inclusion, into our Board and structure as a whole.  We acknowledge that this mahi will take some time to work through and implement but I will be updating you before our next AGM in April 2022.

Ngā mihi maioha
Damian Vaughan
Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Chief Executive Officer
Puoro Rekoata ki Aotearoa | Recorded Music NZ

July 9, 2021 /

Record number of entries and finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards

Announcing the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards

After a thriving 12 months, this evening we announced the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards at an event at The Alexander Café, Otara, Auckland.

This year, we have a record 27 finalists across the 13 award categories, with soul sensation Tree leading the nominations.

After the release of her self-produced debut album Mrs Tree, she has been nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, SunPix Best Pacific Language, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for ‘Afio Ane Loa’, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.

She recently headlined the main stage at the Return of the Auckland Pasifika Festival and is currently touring in Australia, with plans for Aotearoa, the United States and Hawai’i in the future.

Tāmaki Makaurau-based Lou’ana has been serving up soul funk to listeners with her seven piece band, releasing her debut album Moonlight Madness and undertaking a winter tour of Aotearoa.

No stranger to the Pacific Music Awards, this year she’s nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.

Hip hop heavyweight Kings is back at the Pacific Music Awards in 2021. After a string of successful releases in years past, the independent producer and rapper is back with his latest single ‘Help Me Out’, which recently went gold.

He’s nominated for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Help Me Out’.

Last year, singer/songwriter Lepani was nominated for Best Soul/R&B Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards after the release of his debut EP In The Moment.

This year, he’s up for three awards at the Pacific Music Awards – Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.

Back for the third year running, hip hop duo Church & AP have been busy during the last 12 months.

After winning four Pacific Music Awards (Best Group, Best Hip Hop Artist, Radio Airplay, and Best Producer) and Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards for their debut album Teeth last year, hip-hop duo Church & AP are back.

The two are nominated for Flava Best Pacific Group and Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist at the 2021 Pacific Music Awards.

Other finalists include:

  • Diggy Dupé (Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist)
  • DJ Noiz (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Emily Muli (Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist)
  • Erakah (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Hawkins (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist)
  • J Boog (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Jawsh 685 (Best Producer, APRA Best Pacific Song)
  • Jordan Gavet (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist)
  • Lomez Brown (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)
  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Marley Sola (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Melodownz (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist)
  • Mr Cowboy (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Raggadat Cris (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)
  • Samson Squad (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Shepherds Reign (Flava Best Pacific Group, SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • STNDRD (Flava Best Pacific Group)
  • Team Dynamite (Flava Best Pacific Group, APRA Best Pacific Song)
  • Tenelle (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • TY (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Vallé (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video)
  • Victor J Sefo (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said: “This year we celebrate the music created and released in 2020.  With the Covid-19 environment, this was one of our most unique and challenging times that we have all experienced. We are heartened by the immense talent, determination and resilience shown by our Pacific artists.”

“With the largest number of submissions in the history of Pacific Music awards received this year, we acknowledge this bodes well for our Pacific music community and also the Aotearoa New Zealand Music industry. We are grateful that our artists can draw from a very rich Pacific history and continue to determine their own pathways forward.”

“We proudly announce the 2021 finalists and acknowledge the dynamic diversity of the artists and their music. We look forward to the 2021 Pacific Music Awards and to collectively celebrating our amazing Pacific music community.”

There will be six other awards announced for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards: Phillip Fuemana Most Promising Pacific Artist, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award, NZ On Air Streaming Award, SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist, Ministry for Pacific Peoples Special Recognition Award and the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tui and recognised at the Aotearoa Music Awards later in November 2021.

2021 Pacific Music Awards finalists:

Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • Jordan Gavet – ‘Do Better’
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • TreeMrs Tree

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Hawkins – ‘Can’t Leave It Alone’/’Streetlights’/’Fireflies’/’I Couldn’t Tell It All’
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
  • Melodownz – ‘Fine’

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • Church & AP At Thy Feet
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • STNDRD – Keep it STNDRD
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft. Louis Baker’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
    • Directed by Kings
  • Tree – ‘Afio Ane Loa’
    • Directed by Tree Manu & Quincy Filiga
  • Vallé – ‘Trip Advisor’
    • Directed by Jadon Calvert

APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
    • Written by Joshua Nanai, Phil Greiss, Jason Derulo, Jacob Kasher Hindlin
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
    • Writen by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, Matt Sadgrove, Sam Eriwata, Joel Latimer
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft Louis Baker’
    • Written by Tony Sihamau, Lance Fepuleai, Harry Huavi, Louis Baker

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music – ‘Umukisia’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Taviri/Manea/Te Kuki Airani’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • Tree – Mrs Tree

Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Church & AP – At Thy Feet
  • Diggy Dupé – That’s Me, That’s Team
  • Melodownz- ‘Fine’

Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Emily Muli – ‘Self Care’
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness

Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • Lomez Brown – The Feels & Groove EP
  • Raggadat Cris – ‘Nay Sayers’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘My Everything’/’Is It Bad’/’Want To’/’Like’

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Erakah – ‘How You Love Me’
  • Marley Sola – ‘Lift Your Head High’
  • TY – ‘Never Too Far’/’Drive’

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:

  • DJ Noiz – ‘Amelia ft Kennyon Brown, Donell Lewis, Victor J Sefo’
  • J Boog – ‘Siva Mai feat Siaosi’
  • Mr Cowboy – ‘Daddy Toe Sau’
  • Tenelle – This Is X

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:

  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • Tree – Mrs Tree

Best Producer

  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
    • Producer: Jawsh 685
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
    • Producers: Lepani, Rory Noble, Ambian & Sleo, Devin Abrams
  • Lou’ana Moonlight Madness
    • Producer: Nathan Judd

All the artist finalists:


  • Church & AP At Thy Feet
  • Diggy Dupé – That’s Me, That’s Team
  • DJ Noiz – ‘Amelia ft Kennyon Brown, Donell Lewis, Victor J Sefo’
  • Emily Muli – ‘Self Care’
  • Erakah – ‘How You Love Me’
  • Hawkins – ‘Can’t Leave It Alone’/’Streetlights’/’Fireflies’/’I Couldn’t Tell It All’
  • J Boog – ‘Siva Mai feat Siaosi’
  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
  • Jordan Gavet – ‘Do Better’
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lomez Brown – The Feels & Groove EP
  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music – ‘Umukisia’
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • Marley Sola – ‘Lift Your Head High’
  • Melodownz– ‘Fine’
  • Mr Cowboy – ‘Daddy Toe Sau’
  • Raggadat Cris – ‘Nay Sayers’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Taviri/Manea/Te Kuki Airani’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • STNDRD – Keep it STNDRD
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft. Louis Baker’
  • Tenelle – This Is X
  • TreeMrs Tree
  • TY – ‘Never Too Far’/’Drive’
  • Vallé – ‘Trip Advisor’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘My Everything’/ ’Is It Bad’/ ’Want To’/ ’Like’
June 21, 2021 /


Nominations are now open for 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards to celebrate the mana and achievements of our homegrown musicians across the country over the last year.

From today musicians, producers, engineers and visual artists who have made an impact to the local music industry can be put forward.

Nomination details can be found on the Aotearoa Music Awards website. Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to New Zealand artists who have had recordings commercially released between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021 (12 months). Nominations stay open until 5pm on Friday 30 July.

In November, Tūi trophies will be presented at both the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Artisan Awards.

The Tūi presented at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards are:

  • Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year
  • Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year
  • Te Roopu Toa | Best Group
  • Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
  • Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
  • Mana Reo Award
  • Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa | Best Worship Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

The finalists will be announced in September.

No finalists are announced for the Te Pukaemi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Album, Te Tōtahi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Single, Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau/Radio Airplay Record of the Year, or Tohu Tutuki o te Ao/International Achievement, with the winners being announced at the main awards event. The ever-popular Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga/People’s Choice Award will also be announced on the night.

Other ngā Tūi presented during the year include:

  • Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa/Best Country Music Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
  • Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album
  • Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Music Artist.

These winners will also be acknowledged at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards ceremony.

Celebrating Kiwi music’s unsung heroes

The annual Artisan Awards will also be held this year in November at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington, recognising the work done by Aotearoa’s producers, engineers, visual creatives, music teachers and music managers.

This includes Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Best Producer, Te Kaipukaha Toa /Best Engineer, Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa /Best Album Artwork, and Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau/Music Teacher of the Year and Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau/Manager of the Year award

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen said there will be one difference introduced to the Artisan Awards in 2021. Te Puoro Ataata Toa/Best Music Video category will be changed to Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content.

“This change is reflective of the growth we’ve seen in how video content is used by musicians to communicate with and entertain their audiences,” says Owen.

“From this year, all video content around a single release will be eligible for the Tūi – including official music videos, trailers, teasers, visualizers, lyric videos or other video content that supports that single release.”

Commitment to a safe and inclusive Aotearoa Music Awards

Recorded Music New Zealand has published a Statement of Expectations for the Aotearoa Music Awards and expects and requires everyone involved with AMA to respect others, act lawfully and with integrity and act safely and responsibly.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan notes “As host and kaitiaki of the Aotearoa Music Awards, Recorded Music New Zealand is committed to fostering a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for everyone involved.”

“It is an honour and a privilege to present the Aotearoa Music Awards each year and by exemplifying responsibility and respect, we can all celebrate our artists successes, their musical achievements and those that support them in their creative mahi.”

June 18, 2021 /

Announcing new Te Reo Māori Music Chart – Ngā Waiata Kairangi I Te Reo Māori

Ngā Waiata tekau – nui taioreore i te reo Māori mā te hoko, pāho ipurangi, reo irirangi anō hoki
The 10 biggest tracks in te reo Māori by sales, streams and airplay

From tomorrow (Saturday 19th June), a new chart will be added to the Official New Zealand Music Charts: Ngā Waiata Kairangi I Te Reo Māori O Te Rārangi 10 O Runga – the Official Top 10 Te Reo Māori Singles of the week.

In order to be eligible for the Official Te Reo Māori Top 10 chart, vocals must be performed primarily in te reo Māori. A general rule is that at least 70% of all the vocals on a track will be in te reo to be considered.

The new chart is supported by Māori musicians across the country including internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Stan Walker (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe and Ngā Pōtiki).

“I can only explain the Māori experience, history and culture through te reo – to explain it in English is to diminish it,” says Walker.

“Often when I talk in English, I need to switch to a te reo word as there is no English word to capture exactly what I want to say.

“If te reo is lost, to be Māori is lost. My language must be a living, breathing organ – not a dusty, unread book in a library.”

Singer/songwriter Huia Hamon (Ngāti Porou) says the development of a te reo Māori Chart is vital for cultural awareness and understanding.

“Te reo Māori music is part of all of our upbringing in Aotearoa – after all, the names of most of our lakes, rivers and towns are in te reo Māori! Bringing our te reo Māori music into the spotlight is a way to further enhance our bilingual culture and bring more awareness to our native language musicians.”

Award-winning hip hop artist Rei (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Huia) says it’s great to see mainstream Aotearoa using more and more te reo Māori over the last decade.

“There’s still a lot of work to do as we move past this current period of tokenism into one of normalisation, and an integrated chart highlighting te reo music will help achieve this – forcing program directors to take more notice of what we’re doing.”

Recorded Music NZ Chart Compiler Paul Kennedy believes the new chart will help to shine a light on the resurgence of te reo being seen in newly released music from local musicians.

“It’s encouraging to see the shift of the music industry towards supporting those who are writing, recording and producing waiata Māori. We need to continue championing musicians who create music in te reo Māori and recognise their achievements,” says Kennedy.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan says the introduction of the new chart is a healthy indicator of where the music industry as a whole is heading.

“The fact that there are enough new waiata being recorded in te reo Māori to warrant the creation of a standalone chart is evidence that the industry is evolving and changing,” says Vaughan.

“As te reo Māori continues to become more mainstream in Aotearoa, we will continue to support the efforts of the industry to embrace Te Ao Māori.”

The Official New Zealand Music Charts | Te Papa Tātai Waiata Matua O Aotearoa are released weekly and can be found here.

June 9, 2021 /


This evening we celebrate the winners of the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition, announced at the opening powhiri of the 2021 Wellington Jazz Festival.

Wellington-jazz octet The Jac received the Tūī for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist for their album ‘A Gathering’, while diverse composer and saxophonist Lucien Johnson was recognised as the APRA Best Jazz Composition for his song ‘Blue Rain’.

After a decade performing together, A Gathering showcases The Jac’s tight, intricate compositions and strong improvision skills, while ‘Blue Rain’ showcases Lucien’s mastery of jazz composition as a standout track from the album Wax//Wane.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen congratulates the group for a well-deserved win.

“How lucky are we to live in a country that has a thriving jazz scene is made up of ringapuoro tautito | jazz musicians like The Jac who craft soulful compositions and albums of such a high calibre.”

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “There’s a lot of experimentation and barrier-pushing in the compositions we’re seeing created by musicians like Lucien and the other finalists. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Kiwi jazz.”

Other finalists for the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist were Lucien Johnson and Unwind, while the finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition award were Anita Schwabe for ‘August Augmentation’, Callum Allardice for ‘Dark Love’.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • WINNER: The Jac – A Gathering
  • Lucien Johnson – Wax//Wane
  • Unwind – Saffron

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • WINNER: Lucien Johnson – ‘Blue Rain’
  • Anita Schwabe – ‘August Augmentation’
  • Callum Allardice – ‘Dark Love’
June 4, 2021 /


Country music superstar Tami Neilson was presented with both the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa Tūī | Best Country Music Artist and APRA Best Country Song at the 2021 Country Music Awards last night.

A celebrated musician in both the local and international country music scene, Tami has been recognised for her sensational 2020 album CHICKABOOM! with the Tūī for Best Country Artist.

She also received the award for APRA Best Country Song for her infectious single ‘Queenie, Queenie’.

These two awards will be joining her previous accolades, which include an APRA Silver Scroll and multiple Tūī from previous Music Awards including Best Country Album in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says Tami is a powerhouse in Aotearoa’s music scene, one that has achieved great success both domestically and internationally.

“E mihi ana ki a koe Tami for your continued accomplishments as a wonderful kaiwaiata and for being one of Aotearoa’s most decorated country musicians,” says Owen.

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “It’s a delight to present Tami with the 2021 APRA Best Country Song award. As one of the greats in the genre, she continues to define the landscape of New Zealand country music.”

Other finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Music Artist were Jody Direen for her album Smokin’ Ashes, and Ryan Fisherman for his album Vibe.

‘Sleep’ by Delaney Davidson, and ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’ by Kendall Elise Todd were the other finalists for the APRA Best Country Music Song.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Music Artist

  • WINNER: Tami Neilson – CHICKABOOM!
  • Jody Direen – Smokin’ Ashes
  • Ryan Fisherman – Vibe

Finalists for APRA Best Country Music Song

  • WINNER: Tami Neilson – ‘Queenie, Queenie’
  • Delaney Davidson – ‘Sleep’
  • Kendall Elise Todd – ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’
May 23, 2021 /


Aotearoa’s premiere jazz musicians have been celebrated following the announcement of this year’s finalists for the Recorded Music New Zealand Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and APRA Best Jazz Composition awards.

The NZ jazz scene continues to innovate and thrive, exemplified by this year’s finalists for Best Jazz Artist – including The Jac, Lucien Johnson and Unwind nominated for the 2021 Tūī.

Alongside these nods, the three finalists for APRA’s Best Jazz Composition are Anita Schwabe for ‘August Augmentation’, Callum Allardice for ‘Dark Love’ and Lucien Johnson for ‘Blue Rain’.

Recorded Music New Zealand Best Jazz Artist

Local jazz octet The Jac have been performing original music since 2011, including tours in New Zealand, Australia and South Korea and have featured in the Wellington Jazz Festival, National Jazz and Blues Festival, and Jarasum International Jazz Festival.

Their debut album Nerve was nominated for Best Jazz Album in 2014. And now A Gathering mark a decade of making music together – showcasing their intricate and immersive compositions, tight ensemble playing and assertive, individual improvising voices.

Nominated for both Best Jazz Artist and Best Jazz Composition in 2021, Lucien Johnson is a well-known name in the Aotearoa jazz scene.

Described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle”, Lucien has played or collaborated with a hugely diverse number of artists including Mulatu Astatke, Alan Silva, the NZSO, New Zealand Dance Company and Borderline Arts Ensemble.

He’s nominated for Best Jazz Artist for his album Wax//Wane and Best Jazz Composition for his piece ‘Blue Rain’.

Made up of renowned jazz musicians Hayden Chisholm (saxophone, sruti box, throat singing), Norman Meehan (piano), Paul Dyne (bass) and Julien Dyne (drums), jazz quartet Unwind are the third finalist for the Best Jazz Artist Tūī for their album Saffron.

All four members of the group are respected musicians with long and fruitful careers, as well as composers, educators, musicologists, broadcasters, and passionate advocates for New Zealand jazz.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen said the ever-evolving jazz scene in Aotearoa was one of experimentation, with each year bringing new and exciting compositions to experience.

“It’s great to see the local jazz scene thriving and we’re proud to acknowledge the efforts of the talented ringapuoro that compose and create such compelling music.”

APRA Best Jazz Composition

Alongside Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist, we recognise and celebrate the finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition.

As a professional musician, composer and teacher, Anita Schwabe is no stranger to Aotearoa’s jazz circles.

She is currently a member of the Rodger Fox Big Band, which has recorded at Capitol, United and Bunker studios with performances at Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Educators Conference New Orleans.

In 2018 she won the APRA Best Jazz Composition for ‘Springtide’ and is back this year with her new composition ‘August Augmentation’.

Two-time APRA Composition winner Callum Allardice is back with his new composition ‘Dark Love’ after previously winning in 2017 for his composition piece ‘Deep Thought’ written for Antipodes and in 2019 for ‘Chungin’’.

He is also in the running for Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist as part of the group The Jac.

The third finalist is Lucien Johnson for his composition ‘Blue Rain’, as well as being a finalist for Best Jazz Artist for his album Wax/Wane.

APRA Head of NZ Operations Anthony Healey says: “It takes a lot of imagination and skill to compose captivating compositions. The three finalists we have this year are truly masters of their craft.”

The winners of each award will be announced as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival opening event on 8th June.

Hot on the heels of its rescheduled 2020 Festival in November, Wellington Jazz Festival returns this winter with its 2021 edition, bringing some of New Zealand’s most legendary jazz artists alongside emerging talents.

Spanning five days (9th to 13th June), this much anticipated festival will showcase the best jazz talent in venues across the city.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • The Jac – A Gathering
  • Lucien Johnson – Wax//Wane
  • Unwind – Saffron


Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • Anita Schwabe – ‘August Augmentation’
  • Callum Allardice – ‘Dark Love’
  • Lucien Johnson – ‘Blue Rain’
February 24, 2021 /


Local music broke several records for radio airplay and chart placings in 2020 – in spite of the many challenges the industry faced due to the pandemic, according to NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and Recorded Music NZ.

For the first time since 2005, commercial radio networks and stations playing contemporary New Zealand music collectively played more than 20% local music content in the calendar year. The final figure for New Zealand music airplay on commercial radio in 2020 of 20.95% surpasses the previous highest figure achieved in 2005 of 20.77%.

Led by a large increase in local music airplay across the Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary and Beats R&B format stations, cracking 20% has been the culmination of a steady trend of increasing local airplay since a low ebb in 2016/17.

According to NZ On Air’s Head of Music David Ridler the strength and breadth of the great local music repertoire in 2020 has been a key factor in the success.

“There have been big local and global successes like BENEE, Jawsh685, Six60 and Drax Project, astonishing success locally for artists like L.A.B., and a wide range of other local acts who have achieved radio airplay and chart placings. Despite 2020 being a hugely challenging year it was very encouraging to see local audiences loving local hits,” said Mr Ridler.

Damian Vaughan, Chief Executive of Recorded Music NZ noted, “It is extremely satisfying to see the number of NZ artists increasing their presence across commercial radio. Its testament to our talented artists and the breadth of songs being written and produced locally, as well as the strong relationships between the music and radio sectors, all with a shared goal to champion music from Aotearoa.”

Jana Rangooni, Chief Executive of the Radio Broadcasters’ Association (RBA) added, “Commercial radio in New Zealand has always maintained that achieving the code is about a range of artists and songs that are loved by listeners and become the hits they want to hear. It’s so great to see the depth of talent in New Zealand today producing such good music and it’s not surprising Kiwis want to hear more and more of it.”

According to Paul Kennedy from Radioscope/Recorded Music NZ (which manages all airplay data) the 20.95% achievement is the highest quantity of New Zealand music on air in a calendar year since monitoring began. He says, “That’s up from 18.26% in 2019 and 16.61% in 2018, and a long way from the 5% range when these stats first began to be kept in the late ‘90s.”

The data relates exclusively to airplay on commercial radio and does not include music played on public, student and iwi radio – all of which are tracked separately, and also had exceptionally strong local content results in 2020.

Other records broken in 2020 by local music include:

  • More than 2 billion impacts by local songs. An impact is defined as the total number of listeners who were tuned to a particular station at the time a Kiwi song was played, as measured by GfK. It means that on 2 billion occasions a New Zealander heard a New Zealand song being played on the radio.
  • For the first time near the end of 2020, weekly impacts exceeded 50 million in a 7-day period.
  • In 2020, the #1 spot on the weekly RadioScope100 Airplay was held by a local song on 41 occasions.
  • For 34-weeks in a row an NZ song held the #1 position – eight different songs consecutively held the spot – songs by DRAX Project, Six60 (four tracks), L.A.B., Jawsh 685 and Stan Walker.

Going into 2021, NZ On Air says new government investment in music will help to take NZ music’s profile with local audiencesto ever greater heights in years to come.

NZ On Air was allocated two years of additional Music funding in the Arts Recovery package in May 2020. The extra funding is boosting NZ On Air’s investments in multi-single Projects, individual Singles, and rounds focusing on Development, Pasifika artists, Te Reo Māori waiata (with Te Māngai Pāho) and Children’s Music.

NZ On Air funds and promotes a variety of contemporary popular NZ music songs and projects to ensure audiences in Aotearoa can discover and enjoy a wide range of homegrown music. NZ On Air’s music funding and promotional support helps to provide wider content choices for both mainstream and targeted New Zealand audiences.

Editor’s note:
New Zealand has a Voluntary Music Code that was introduced by the commercial radio industry in 2002 when commercial radio stations played less than 10% New Zealand music. It sets a target for New Zealand commercial radio stations to play 20% New Zealand Music.