New Zealand

  1. Local Acts Line Up For NZ Quake Victims

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A free concert in Christchurch is set to bring a little cheer to a local music scene that has been hit hard following the major earthquake that hit the city and surrounding Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island on Sept. 4. Band Toge ...

  2. Music Sales Slump At New Zealand's Warehouse

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's home entertainment market leader the Warehouse has been hit by a slump in music and DVD sales. The mass merchant revealed 2.3% decline in full year-earnings to $83.2 million New Zealand ($68 million) for the year ending Aug. 2. ...

  3. NZ Tribunal OKs Royalty Rights Hike

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A long-running dispute over radio royalty rights in New Zealand has finally been resolved, resulting in a hike in rates. Ruling on a case originally brought last year by New Zealand neighboring rights collecting society Phonographic Performances ( ...

  4. Lawrence Arabia Win Inaugural Taite Music Prize

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative folk band Lawrence Arabia has been crowned the first winner of the Taite Music Prize, New Zealand’s equivalent of the annual U.K. Mercury Prize. The artist’s second album "Chant Darling" (Honorary Bedouin) was named the best ...

  5. Telecom New Zealand Relaunches Download Store

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the relaunch of its download store, Telecom New Zealand claims to have the country's largest mobile music library. Telecom, the country's largest telco, on June 24 unveiled its new-look music store as part of the rollout of its just ...

  6. New Zealand Govt Withdraws Copyright Law

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand music industry is putting a brave face on a government cave-in on new legislation that would have required Internet service providers to terminate the accounts of repeat copyright offenders. In a bitter blow for content owners, the ...

  7. 'Flight of the Conchords' Defy Struggling TV Story

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. cult hit television show "Flight of the Conchords" follows the travails of a marginally talented musical duo from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City, but in reality the pair are far from struggling. Jemaine Clement and B ...

  8. Finlayson Takes NZ Arts Portfolio

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An expert in copyright law has been appointed as the new minister responsible for the New Zealand music industry. National Party MP Chris Finlayson was named minister of arts, culture and heritage in the new administration, in addition to other du ...

  9. Bigger Venue, 3-Year Sponsor For NZ Music Awards

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Zealand Music Awards will be the biggest yet, with the event to be staged at Auckland's largest indoor entertainment venue the Vector Arena. The move -- which comes at the same time as the signing of a new sponsorship pac ...

  10. NZ Gov't Pledges Cash For Music Projects

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government's support for the local music industry is continuing, with more funds being allocated in its latest budget to international promotional programs. As previously reported, the Labour Coalition Government has already i ...

  11. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  12. NZ's Sounds Music Enters Into Administration

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The owner of New Zealand's biggest specialist chain Sounds Music has gone into voluntary administration. After months of industry speculation about the fate of the group, BDO Spicers have today been appointed administrator of Icon Digital Ent ...

  13. Whitcoulls Plans Borders Swoop Down Under

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The company behind some of Australasia's biggest book chains has confirmed that it is in the market for the Borders Group's assets in the region. A and R Whitcoulls, which is based in Auckland and listed on the New Zealand stock exchange ...

  14. NZ Industry Bodies Ring Changes

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New appointments have been confirmed today (June 12) for the boards of Phonographic Performances NZ (PPNZ) and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Phil Howling, the newly appointed GM of Warner Music New Zealand, succeeds hi ...

  15. First DVD Piracy Sentence Handed Out

    August 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Houston jailed for two years. The first New Zealand jail sentence for DVD piracy under the country's Copyright Act was handed down Friday (Aug. 25). John Houston was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to 21 charges related to pirating ...

  16. Pilavachi Confirmed As EMI Classics Pres

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lyttelton to retired at end of July. Lyttelton to retired at end of July. News ...

  17. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  18. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  19. Sky Network TV In $20 Mil Prime Deal

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an unusual twist for the broadcast sector, New Zealand's dominant pay TV platform Sky Network TV Ltd. said that it agreed to acquire the country's major regional free-to-air broadcaster, Prime Tele SYDNEY (The Hollywood Reporter) -- I ...

  20. TVNZ Targets Date For New Chief Exec

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Television New Zealand hopes to appoint a new chief executive from within its own ranks before the end of March, the public broadcaster's deputy chair, Rob Fenwick, said. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Television New Zealand hopes to appoint a n ...

  21. NZ Gov't Boosts Funds For Broadcasting

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 million) over the next four years to its radio and television funding agency, NZ On Air. SYDNEY -- The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 mi ...

  22. NZ Gov't Boosts Funds For Broadcasting

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 million) over the next four years to its radio and television funding agency, NZ On Air. The New Zealand government has allocated an extra NZ$17.8 million ($12.6 million) ove ...

  23. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced April 20 in Auckland. SYDNEY -- New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 millio ...

  24. N.Z. Gov't Ups Funding For Music

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Initiative aims to boost exports. New Zealand has earmarked an extra NZ$5.4 million ($3.9 million) in its annual budget to help export domestic acts over the next three years, the government announced today (April 20) in Auckland. The initiative i ...

  25. NZ Festivals Draw Record Crowds

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two leading New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. Two New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. The March 11-13 World of Music, Arts and Dance festival gathered 30,000 visitors to New Plymouth's Bowl and ...

  26. NZ Festivals Draw Record Crowds

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Two leading New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. Two New Zealand festivals drew record crowds over the weekend. The March 11-13 World of Music, Arts and Dance festival gathered 30,000 visitors to New Plymouth's Bowl and ...

  27. Local Acts Triumph At MTV Oz Awards

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Goodrem, Green Day, Peas take a pair. Goodrem, Green Day, Peas take a pair. News ...

  28. NZ Label Chief Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home in South Auckland on Feb. 28 after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died at his home ...

  29. NZ Label Chief Phil Fuemana Dies

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his home in South Auckland after a heart attack. He was 41. Phil Fuemana, founder of New Zealand record company Urban Pasifika Records, died Feb. 28 at his ...

  30. NZ Radio Backing Local Music

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST New Zealand radio stations are showing growing support for domestic repertoire, with close to one record played out of five by local artists. New Zealand radio stations are showing increasing support for domestic repertoire, with nearly one in fiv ...

  31. N.Z., Germany Ink Co-production Treaty

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer signed an official co-production treaty between the two countries Feb. 11 at the Berlin International Film Festival. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- New Zealand Prime M ...

  32. Kiwi Station Goes 100% NZ Content

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-based modern rock station Channel Z is changing its format to 100% local content. In a response to the high rate of domestic acts charting in New Zealand, Auckland-b ...

  33. New Zealand

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As a distant nation with a small population, New Zealand suffers the misconception that it is far removed from the global pop culture mainstream. But the country's music industry is a strong one, deve As a distant nation with a small populati ...