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New Zealand Music

New Zealand Music

New Zealand music is a vibrant reflection of the civilization of the country. As the biggest country in Polynesia, the music of New Zealand is shaped by the aboriginal Maori and migrants from the region of the Pacific, though the musical origins of New Zealand music rest predominantly in the colonial history of the British, with some influences from America and Europe.

As the country has progressed and instituted its own culture, the artists of New Zealand have integrated these styles with homegrown influences to produce music that is truly New Zealand in manner.
The most well known styles of the latter part of the 20th century were hip hop and rock, both genres trimmed with the unique Pacific influences of New Zealand.


By the 21st century, dub, reggae, roots, and electronica were all in style with New Zealand artists. New Zealand has preserved a flourishing alternative scene for many decades.

The Maori people have also formulated a popular music genre, and integrated rock and roll, reggae, and other influences. The reggae groups of New Zealand like Fat Freddy's Drop, Katchafire, and Herbs, are very popular.

The 1990s witnessed the increasing popularity of hip hop bands like the Upper Hutt Posse Moana and the Moahunters, principally grounded in South Auckland.

In the more conservative styles, the geographic isolation of New Zealand and cultural surroundings may have contributed to the retarded growth of formal customs based on the classical music of Europe.

Nevertheless, these styles have also earned broad credit.

In a nutshell, Maori singing of pre-European New Zealand was micro-tonal, with an echoed melodic line that did not depart too far from a key note. Group singing was in chorus or at the musical octave. Instrumental music was performed on a mixture of struck, blown, and twirled musical instruments.

Missionaries contibuted harmony, a wider range and their musical instruments which were step by step used in new pieces.


The waiata-a-ringa or action song was mostly formulated in the early 20th century. Since settlement, the music of the Maori has grown in interaction and in parallel with styles from abroad, bringing forth a rich mixture of fresh styles.

The early Pakeha or European settlers had ethnic music shared with and similar to that of Australia's. The tradition is inspired with several fêtes, especially the yearly Tahora gathering, and musical artists such as Mike Harding have gained some fame for executing old and new New Zealand folk music.
New Zealand boasts of a proud heritage of Brass Bands, which have regular peasant contests, and frequently celebrate ethnic events. The NZ National Band has garnered accolades internationally.
It is claimed that New Zealand has more pipe bands than those found in Scotland. Historic links are kept throughout the nation by Caledonian Societies.

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The country is frequently reminded of its European heritage by the invoking sounds of bagpipes at armed forces parades and commemorations.


There are also a great number of regional orchestras of semi-professional level performing their own concert series annually. These orchestras include the the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Vector Wellington Orchestra, and the Southern Sinfonia based in Dunedin.



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