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When Is A Kiwi Not A Kiwi?

27 March 2002

Not including the music of Alanah Currie of the Thomson Twins just demonstrates the silliness of Marian Hobbs' quota system, says National's Broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich.

"New Zealanders are proud that she calls herself a kiwi. The code itself says that the "quota will apply to all music performed by artists who would normally be regarded as 'New Zealanders'."

Talk to people who were teenagers in the eighties and you'll find that we were all very aware that Ms Currie was a Kiwi and we were proud of that fact.

"If you don't count Alanah's work then you can't count the work of a lot of other successful New Zealand musicians. Performers like Dragon, Crowded House, Shona Laing, and John Rowles are in the same situation as Alannah Currie.

"Many of these performers recorded their music overseas, lived overseas, and contained band members from other countries. How can these bands be narrowed into bureaucratic categories? It is crazy that a Committee is being established to adjudicate these sorts of complexities.

"New Zealanders know what they like to listen to on the radio. They are quick to change stations to find what they want. These problems show that quotas are a simple feel-good idea, but complex in implementation.

"I am a huge fan and supporter of Kiwi music and I want to hear more of it on air. But forcing programmers to play music that otherwise wouldn't make it onto the play list is not the answer," said Ms Rich.


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