New Zealand music

May is New Zealand Music Month but you can celebrate New Zealand music all year round. We have CDs you can borrow to listen to. We also have books about New Zealand music.

Here are a few tips to help you find what you’re looking for.

NZ Music Month display at Central Library Tuam

NZ Music Month display at Central Library Tuam. 7 May 2013. Flickr 2013-05-13-IMG_6752

NZ music pages

Find New Zealand music in our collection

Search for New Zealand music in our catalogue:

Bands and artists

If you want music by a specific band or artist you can simply do an author search on their name, e.g. Fourmyula. This will return any albums by that artist, however it won’t find compilation albums that they’re featured on.

Our catalogue includes all song titles and artists featured on albums so an ordinary keyword search on their name e.g. Fourmyula will return albums that they’re featured on.

Song titles

If you are looking for a specific song, a simple keyword search will work e.g. poi e. Because a keyword search searches every part of every item record, this might not work so well for one-word or very common song titles for example Nature. You may need to add more terms such as the musical style (subject) and artist (author).


Some of our music eResources contain New Zealand music. Our news and magazines eResources provide online access to full-text articles from thousands of news sources such as magazines and industry journals.

Sheet music

We have an extensive collection of scores and sheet music including books of music to play. Our collection includes New Zealand scores.

Information about New Zealand music

Find books and eBooks about New Zealand music:

Cover of I believe you are a star Cover of Te Ara Puoro Cover of On song

New Zealand music profiles

The following profiles have been written by Christchurch City Libraries.

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