If I Only Had Time


The penultimate dayof NZ Music MOnth – John Rowles sings If  I Only Had Time:

Down The Hall On Saturday Night


Day 28 of New Zealand Music Month – since it’s Saturday, and inspired by Inquiring Mind who often goes Down The Hall on Saturday Night.

This version’s by Peter Cape:

Better Be Home Soon


Day 28 of New Zealand Music Month with belated birthday wishes to Neil Finn, who turned 52 yesterday : Crowded House singing Better Be Home Soon.

Come Sunday


Day 23 of New Zealand Music Month – The Verlaines with Come Sunday:

Something So Strong


Day 22 of New Zealand Music Month – Crowded House with Something So Strong.


Tauramunui On The Main Trunk Line


Day 18 of New Zealand Music Month – When The Cats Been Spayed sing Taruramunui On the Main Trunk Line:

I Got You


Day 18 of New Zealand Music Month – Split Enz with I Got You.

Like A Farmer


Day 17 of New Zealand Music Month – Deborah Wai Kapohe with Like A Farmer:

Haere Mai


Day 15 of New Zealand Music Month: The Patea Maori Club with Haere Mai.

Miss You Baby


Day 13 of New Zealand Music Month – going way back to the 60s: The Chicks singing Miss You Baby.



Day 12 of New Zealand Music Month: Brooke Fraser sings Arithmetic.

Under My Skin


Day 10 of New Zealand Music Month – Gin Wigmore with Under My Skin.

I’m familiar with the chorus from the safety video on Air NZ but this is the first time I’ve listened to the whole song.

When A Child Is Born


Day nine of New Zealand Music month, chosen for Mothers’ Day.

I couldn’t find a clip with a New Zealand mother singing When A CHild Is Born so have gone for Billy T James:

Hine E Hine


Day 8 of New Zealand Music Month – Kiri Te Kanawa with Hine E Hine:

C.S. Lewis Song


On day two of New Zealand Music Month Brooke Fraser sings C.S. Lewis Song.

Ballad of Waitaki


There were no takers for a repeat of last year’s post a song a day throughout New Zealand Music Month but I’ll give it a go by myself.

The Waitaki has been not just a geographical boundary between Otago and Canterbury it’s also been an historical, political and emotional one.

The Scots settled in Otago and Southland on the south side of the river while English settlers moved in to Canterbury on the northern side.

On the right side of the river we’re blue and gold, on the other side they’re red and black.

My family used to have an annual trip up the Waitaki Valley to see the Benmore Dam being built.

The Waitaki power schemes not only generate electricity, the lakes formed behind dams have provided recreational opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing.

Lake Ruataniwha is a mecca for rowers and every second year the national secondary schools’ rowing competition for the Maadi Cup brings a couple of thousand people to Twizel.

Oh, and about the song – I thought I remembered John Hore singing it, but this version is by the Plainsmen.

New Zealand Music Month challenge


New Zealand Music Month starts on Saturday.

 Anyone up for a repeat of last year’s challenge – one post a day of or on New Zealand music throughout May?

The Woolshed Sessions – Stringing Me Along


Yes,yes, I know it’s June and New Zealand Music Month was in May.

But I’ve just caught up with the news that the Gold Guitar Awards were held in Gore last weekend and this was the winner.

Stringing Me Along, by Jess Chambers, from The Woolshed Sessions.

NZ Music Month finale –


Like Inventory 2 at Keeping Stock, I realise New Zealand Music month is over, but we were in Wanaka with friends for the weekend and I didn’t have time to do a final round up round the blogs so here they are:

Keeping Stock concluded his Christian Music Sundays with two songs from Brooke Fraser: Lifeline & Albertine.

Inquiring Mind finished with some reggae from Cornerstone Roots

Rob posted three for the final day: Anything Could Happen from The Clean; The Verlaines with Doomsday and In Your Favour from Look Blue Go Purple.

I’ll leave the last word  notes to the Goodnight Kiwi:

Deborah Wai Kapohe – Your Love Captures Me


When looking for Po Atarau – Now is the Hour for this morning’s post I came across a version by Deborah Wai Kapohe which led me in turn to this, offered as a bonus song on the last day of New Zealand Music Month.

Deborah Wai Kapohe – Your Love Captures Me:

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