Music

Behind the waiata that led the Māori Battalion to war | Rongo Toa

'March to Victory' was written by Corporal Anania Amohau of the B Company.

An 18-year-old wahine composed this sad farewell sung to WWII soldiers | Rongo Toa

Kōhine Whakarua Ponika of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent was an expert in song writing.

The lost Pacific stories of the Māori Battalion | Rongo Toa

“Many don’t realise the significant role our relatives of Te-Moananui-a-Kiwa played [in WWII]”.

This big band hit honours the first Māori Victoria Cross winner | Rongo Toa

‘E te Hokowhitu a Tū’ was written by Tuini Ngāwai for Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu

How Aue E Ihu became the Māori Battalion’s special hymn | Rongo Toa

The hymn was sung by soldiers on their departure from Palmerston North on Anzac Day 1940.

Opinion: NZ’s Māori and Pasifika hip hop community need to address anti-Blackness

To clarify, you do not own hip hop. It has never 'belonged' to you and it never will.

Rhythm and Vines Easter event cancelled

The Rhythm and Vines music festival in Gisborne has been cancelled.


Te Pāti Māori calls on Government to make relief funds available to arts industry

Te Pāti Māori co-Leader Rawiri Waititi says the Government needs to act immediately.

Northern Bass festival cancelled

"To be very blunt, it's been a f**ker of a year," the organisers wrote on social media.

Festivals, concerts and gigs: What’s on in NZ this summer

While your dreams of sun-soaked moshing at R&V may be ruined because of Covid-19, that doesn't mean there aren't other places to have a good time…

Lorde releases new music video after arriving home to NZ

To celebrate returning to NZ on time for Christmas, Lorde has released a new music video.

Six60 beat Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber for NZ’s most streamed artist

For a second year in a row, Six60 is NZ's most streamed artist on Spotify.

Talking about OCD with BENEE

“I'm just constantly counting and it got really annoying. At one point, I was counting pumps of face cleanser, and I was just like, Oh, God,…

The siblings behind a Māori musical theatre show

We sit down with the creators of Whakapaupakihi.

SWIDT: 'Crying is a form of healing' | Eating Fried Chicken in the Shower

“We probably do a better job of looking after the community than the cops do.”

Stirfryboyz x Taebz share a song for your next late-night drive through the city

Re: chats with the boyz about their new song and music video ‘Metropolis.’

Martin Phillipps (The Chills) and Semisi Maiai (Marlin’s Dreaming ) | Under Cover

Musicians Martin Phillipps & Semisi Maiai catch up to talk about ghosts & the bond that bands have.

Lorde gave us a lockdown treat: her new album Solar Power is out

We’ve waited 1,525 days but, just in time for our lockdown blues, Lorde has released a new album.

Puoro in the City - He Kakano Ahau, Series 2 | Episode 1

There’s not much that can’t be fixed with a good cup of tea and a chat with the Aunties.

Taonga puoro were almost lost, now these wāhine are taking the revival to a new generation

May we boundlessly dream of possibilities beyond our wildest imaginations. May we weave communities of support, compassion and active solidarity. With our history in front of…

Meet the mind behind Aldous Harding's weirdest music videos

We talked to Martin about the weird and wonderful reality they and Aldous are creating through music

“She’s sexy, playful, feral, and free” - Lorde’s back with new music...

It may be winter here in Aotearoa, but today, it’s a hot Lorde summer.

How Melodownz first visit to his marae for special waiata changed his life

"It’s about waiata and it’s about the language, but for me it changed my life.”

Premiere: Mazbou Q’s new music documentary shows a future of Black freedom

Rapper Mazbou Q has released a mini-documentary with a message for the African diaspora.

The Collective: The gig | Ep 8

Plans come crashing down when they realise they haven’t sold enough tickets for the gig. Will the rangatahi lose their trust in the mentors, after a…

The Collective: The downfall | Ep 7

Plans come crashing down when they realise they haven’t sold enough tickets for the gig. Will the rangatahi lose their trust in the mentors, after a…

The Collective: My body is mine | Ep 6

MC Tali takes a trip to the hood to school Trey and Jay in freestyle. With the help of Emma Dilemma, Iris has a breakthrough, while…

The Collective: The hood | Ep 5

Trey and Jay find new ways of rapping about hood life, no longer glorifying street pain? Laughton from Kora has the tools to help Mahima uncover…