Bit of a thing for the birds

As part of my “get out and see a bit of Auckland with outsider’s eyes” mission, I popped along to the Auckland War Memorial Museum yesterday afternoon. There are all sorts of exhibits across multiple floors – everything from Chinese tapestries...

So… how old are you now, Dubber?

Today is my birthday. This time 8 years ago to the day, I was leaving Auckland airport with my family. We were heading to the UK to live and we had no idea what was waiting for us when we got there. As it happens, I’m making that same journey today — and...

Going Global in New Zealand

I’ve been back in New Zealand this past week speaking at an event called Going Global. It’s been great to spend time in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with some really lovely people, talk about music online, see a bunch of bands and, where possible,...

Support BOY for Waitangi Day

As you’ll no doubt already know, it’s traditional to give generous gifts to New Zealanders on Waitangi Day*. New Zealander Taika Waititi is trying to get his film BOY screened in the United States. February 6th is Waitangi Day. I’ve just put those...

Playing Musical Chairs for over a decade

About ten years ago – maybe a little more – I made some programmes for a Radio New Zealand series called Musical Chairs. Each programme focuses on a person who is very important in the world of New Zealand music. Usually it’s a musician, of course...