Six songs have been nominated for New Zealand's Silver Scroll Awards, to be held Oct. 26 at the Wellington Town Hall. The awards have been held since 1965, usually in Auckland. This is the first time

Six songs have been nominated for New Zealand's Silver Scroll Awards, to be held Oct. 26 at the Wellington Town Hall. The awards have been held since 1965, usually in Auckland. This is the first time the ceremony will be held in Wellington.

The awards are administered by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), which represents 4,000 of New Zealand's songwriters and composers. The winning song gets a cash prize of NZ$5,000 ($3,369).

The nominated songs and writers are Shayne Carter, Andy Morton and Ned Ngatae's "For Getting What You Give" (performed by Dimmer); Liam Finn's "The Bats of Darkwell Lane" (performed by Betchadupa); Rodney Fisher, Murray Misher, Michael Beehre and Gareth Thomas' "Fiji Baby" (performed by Goodshirt)" Warryn Maxwell's "Home Land and Sea" (performed by Trinity Roots), Scribe and P-Money's "Not Many" (performed by Scribe) and Marshall Smith"s "Grey Boy" (performed by the New Freedom).

"New Zealand music has broken all records in 2004 and these songs -- with their diversity, beauty and inspiring originality -- reflect this," says Anthony Healey, GM of APRA NZ. "They are songs that excite, unite and challenge us."

Other awards to be handed out on the night are Most Performed Work Overseas, Most Performed Work in New Zealand, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for creative excellence by a New Zealand-based composer, and the APRA Maioha Award for the present Maori work of the year.

Winners are determined by a listening panel of judges.

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