Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards.

Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year award -- "the one I was crossing my everything for," she said in her acceptance speech at the event, known locally as the "Tuis". She also collected the best pop album and break-through artist awards. The triple-platinum (platinum is 15,000 shipments) album was also named the year's biggest seller at the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand event, which for the third year running was held at Auckland's Vector Arena and was sponsored by Vodafone.

Walker, a Kiwi who won "Australian Idol" last year, also picked up four Tuis: as well as the international achievement award for this Sony Music debut "Introducing Stan Walker," he also picked up the people's choice award, while his hit single 'Black Box' won in the highest-selling and airplay record of the year categories.

While both Wigmore and Walker are based in Australia, locally-based acts also enjoyed a share of the spoils. Wellington band the Phoenix Foundation, which earlier in the month announced a new deal with U.K.-based Memphis Industries, won the best group award for "Buffalo" (released in NZ through EMI), adding to three technical Tuis the band won earlier in the year.

Anika Moa won her third best female solo award artist for "Love In Motion" (Flightless Bird/EMI), while Warner Music's Dane Rumble won the male equivalent for his solo debut "The Experiment." Sony act Kids of 88 won the single of the year for "Just A Little Bit', while other winners on the night included David Dallas (best urban album for "Something Awesome"), The Checks (best rock album for "Alice By The Moon") and Smashproof (best electronica for "Soundtrack To Forever").

Meanwhile, Warner Music rockers Shihad became the latest inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. A Shihad tribute medley from Luger Boa & Friends, a one-off super-group of local music luminaries, was the final performance of the evening; other artists performing included David Dallas, Kids Of 88, Phoenix Foundation and Anika Moa.

Presenters on the night (Oct. 7) included NZ singer/songwriter Liam Finn and Irish singer Ronan Keating, who praised the New Zealand public's support for local artists.