Lawrence Arabia - aka James Milne - has won the supreme prize at this year's New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards.

The Australasian Performing Right Association's (APRA) 44th awards, which honors achievement in Kiwi song-writing, were held last night (Sept. 17) for the first time in the South Island city of Christchurch.

The winning song, "Apple Pied Bed," is from Lawrence Arabia's second album "Chant Darling" (Honorary Bedouin/Rhythmethod) and was co-written by Milne - a former member of the Brunettes and the Ruby Suns - and Luke Buda from Flying Nun act the Phoenix Foundation. The main song-writing prize is voted by APRA members.

Anthony Healey, APRA NZ director, describes "Apple Pie Bed" as "beautiful pop music with an edge."

In other awards, APRA - in association with the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand - inducted two new musicians into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, with Hirini Melbourne, who died in 2003, and Richard Nunns honored for their contribution to Maori music.

Warner Music act Midnight Youth won the award for the most performed work in New Zealand for "The Letter," which is from their debut album "The Brave Don't Run," while Neil Finn once again had the most performed overseas work for the Crowded House classic "Don't Dream It's Over."

On the classical music front, Ross Harris won the SOUNZ contemporary award for his Symphony III, while Rewi Spraggon and Riki Bennett picked up the APRA Maioha Award, which celebrates contemporary Maori music.