Award given for songwriting excellence.

New Zealand singer-songwriter Don McGlashan won the Australasian Performing Right Association's (APRA) Silver Scroll last night (Sept. 20) at the Auckland Town Hall.

McGlashan, who is published by Native Tongue Music/Mana Music, received his award for songwriting excellence from the NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark for “Bathe In The River.” The song is from the soundtrack to “Number 2,” the Toa Fraser movie released earlier this year.

APRA's director of NZ operations, Anthony Healey, called “Bathe in the River “an absolute classic.” He added, “It’s a song that remains true to its soulful traditions and one that captures the hearts and emotions of everyone that hears it. It shows the wonderful talents of a fine songwriter...all Don's music is emotive and powerful and this song is no exception."

McGlashan had won the Silver Scroll in 1994 for “Anchor Me”.

This year, he was also nominated for his song “Miracle Sun.” The four other finalist songs were “Running” (Rough Cut) by Dann Hume, Jon Hume and Peter Hume of the band Evermore, James Milne’s “The Pool” (independent) and Anika Moa’s “Stolen Hill” (Mushroom).

The ‘Most Performed Work on Radio and Television’ in 2005 went to James Reid from The Feelers for “Stand Up” (Mushroom).

Neil Finn’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (Mushroom), the Crowded House hit that was used in a NZ tourism ad globally, again took out the most performed work overseas award.

The Silver Scroll has been presented since 1965. The songs are assessed lyrically and musically strictly on a creative criteria by an anonymous panel of ju