New Zealand Music Month

New Zealand Music Month - Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa

Christchurch City Libraries celebrates NZ Music Month during May every year. Find out more about this month-long celebration, and our music resources.

NZ Music Month Battle of the Libraries

Participate in the New Zealand Music Month quiz and help your library be crowned the winner!

  • Fill in the answer form at your library
  • Submit it with your contact details, and be in the draw to win a prize.
  • The library with the most correct answers will be deemed the champion 🤩🏆

New Zealand Music Month blog posts

The hidden magic of Tūranga's score collection

Jessie chats with Jill about how she's used Tūranga's score collection, as well as providing some top tips for score searching.

Enjoy traditional erhu music by a local Chinese musician

Hong explains the history behind traditional Chinese musical instrument, the erhu, ahead of a performance by Jeff Zhao at South Library.

Music set on Canterbury Stories

NZ Music Month

About New Zealand Music Month

NZ Music Month was first celebrated in 2001. That May, only 6 per cent of album sales for the month were by New Zealand acts. Aiming to boost homegrown music, the initiative gave the media a chance to showcase local talent.

After five years of NZ Music Month, homegrown acts made up 29 per cent of albums sold, and there was similar increase in radio airplay. In the last couple of years, the month has started to become a truly national celebration, with the public encouraged to show their support through attending events, buying music and wearing the T-shirt.

NZ Music Month is a partnership between the NZ Music Commission and a number of other organisations including songwriters’ association APRA, Independent Music NZ, NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and Recorded Music New Zealand.


Ngā Kōrero Auaha Creative Stories: Jai Music & connections

Jai made his debut album which fuses his Indian heritage with hip hop in Tūranga's AV Studio, and he has connected with like-minded people.

Ngā Kōrero Auaha – Creative Stories: King Cass

Rapper King Cass uses the Taupuni Oro/Ataata Audio/Video Studio at Tūranga to record and produce his motivational hip-hop music.

Rock's Backpages

Online archive of music journalism from the 1950s until today. Includes articles, reviews and interviews in both print and audio.

NZ Music

Streaming NZ music blog posts

AudioCulture Iwi Waiata

AudioCulture is, “the noisy library of New Zealand music”. It is an online celebration of the people who have created the music, the scenes they shaped, and the audiences they played to. Read about PeopleLabels and related Articles, listen to music (via Spotify and Soundcloud), watch music videos (via NZ On Screen and YouTube), listen to interviews and performances (via Radio New Zealand National), view images (photographs, posters, hand-written song lyrics and more), and browse discographies (via Discogs).

Music at Christchurch City Libraries

We have music resources including CDs, LPs and DVDs as well as thousands of music scores, music magazines, and online music in eResources.

Explore our page about New Zealand music including:

Previous years

See what we did in:

20212020, 2019, 2018, 201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

Pūoro - Music

Pūoro - Music

Listen online, research, or make music of your own at the library.
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