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New Zealand Music Month

The Beatles in New Zealand

  • Page 1 – The Beatles in New Zealand

    When four young Liverpool musicians landed in Wellington on a lazy Sunday afternoon in June 1964, seven days of pandemonium erupted. Young New Zealanders flocked in their

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  • Page 2 – Setting the scene

    The Beatles' 1964 tour occurred as New Zealand was undergoing a cultural shift, and many young people swapped their old image for the new 'mod' look.

  • Page 3 – Wellington

    Seven thousand screaming fans waited as The Beatles touched down at Wellington airport on 21 June 1964. As the band stepped off the plane, the fans' shrieks drowned out the

  • Page 4 – Auckland

    Auckland fans were as riotous as those in Wellington. The Beatles' music went almost unnoticed as everyone commented on the audience.

  • Page 5 – South Island

    The Beatles' concerts in Dunedin on 26 June were some of the wildest of the New Zealand tour.

Rock music festivals

  • Page 1 – Rock music festivals

    After a hesitant beginning in the early 1970s, rock festivals hit their stride with Nambassa, Sweetwaters and a string of smaller events in the early 1980s. Following a period

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  • Page 2 – Beginnings

    The early rock music festivals held in Auckland and Ngaruawahia reflected the troubled emergence of teenagers as a distinctive group and economic force in the second half of

  • Page 3 – Nambassa

    No-one predicted the success of the 1979 Nambassa Festival which drew over 65,000 fans.

  • Page 4 – Sweetwaters and beyond

    Sweetwaters - Festival of Music, Culture and Technology. There was a lot to that new tagline. It had the future in it. A modernity echoed by the band line-up. Having come

  • Page 5 – The lights go down

    From the late 1980s into the 1990s small scale and sharply focused rock music festivals would be the norm, though there were some notable exceptions

  • Page 6 – Festivals galore

    As the new century dawned it was clear music festivals were now a viable and often long-running proposition. WOMAD, the Big Day Out and others continue to attract huge crowds

  • Page 7 – Rock music festivals 1970-2010

    List of the main rock music festivals held in New Zealand from 1970-2010

Wellington cafe culture

Television in New Zealand

  • Page 4 – Kiwi music shows on TV

    New Zealanders can now view music videos over the internet or on music channels C4 and Juice TV. But after TV was introduced in 1960 several generations of New Zealanders kept

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  • Page 4 - Kiwi music shows on TVNew Zealanders can now view music videos over the internet or on music channels C4 and Juice TV. But after TV was introduced in 1960 several generations of New Zealanders kept up

US Forces in New Zealand

  • Page 5 – Having fun US style

    Although the American forces worked hard, they all craved some time off. But New Zealand leisure-habits were very different to American ones. So the visitors devised their own

  • Page 6 – Having fun NZ Style

    For many people of both nations the most memorable aspect of the American invasion was the home visits. Often these were arranged formally, with New Zealand families signing up

The 1960s


  • Morrison, Howard Leslie

    Performer Howard Morrison was one of the legends of New Zealand show business.

  • Aspey, Vincent

    When nine-year-old Vincent Aspey persuaded his mother to buy a violin he had spotted in a second-hand shop she was dubious that he would practice, let alone come to be described as ‘synonymous with orchestral development in New Zealand’.

  • Cheesman, Oswald Astley

    Oswald Cheesman was a pioneer of music radio broadcasting who directed the Kiwi Concert Party in the Second World War before helping to establish New Zealand's first national orchestra.

  • Lilburn, Douglas Gordon

    Douglas Lilburn was an influential composer and music teacher who inspired and promoted later generations of local composers.

  • Rivers, Mavis Chloe

    Mavis Rivers was a notable cabaret and jazz singer, who attained success in Hollywood, where she recorded for major record labels.

  • Hofmann, Frank Simon

    Frank Hofmann was an influential photographer, both commercially and artistically, introducing interwar European modernist ideas and practices into New Zealand.

  • Lane, Robert William ('Tex Morton')

    Tex Morton was a Kiwi country and western singer, also known as the ‘Yodelling Boundary Rider’.

  • Main image: Auckland Town Hall

    Auckland Town Hall is one of the city's architectural successes.

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