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New Zealand Music Month Quiz Issued To MPs Today

29 April 2002

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard put her annual New Zealand music quiz to all Members of Parliament today in recognition of New Zealand Music Month which starts on Wednesday, 1 May.

“Once again, I'll be testing them on their knowledge of the local music scene with a twenty-question New Zealand Music Quiz. This year every MP who returns the quiz by Wednesday 15 May, no matter how many questions they answer, will get an album of New Zealand music just for trying.

“Music industry experts from the New Zealand Music Industry Commission, New Zealand On Air, Creative New Zealand and APRA helped me with a broad range of questions. We’ll also find out about each MP’s favourite New Zealand song.”

The New Zealand Music Industry Commission, set up with funding from the government’s cultural recovery package, coordinates New Zealand Music Month with the support of New Zealand on Air, APRA, RIANZ and the Radio Broadcasters' Association.

"The Music Industry Commission has been doing excellent work for New Zealand music on top of coordinating New Zealand Music Month. In January it led a successful delegation to Midem, the world’s largest music industry expo, and it has recently completed a fantastic Pacific Island Music Handbook that will be of great use to young musicians in developing their careers.

“Meanwhile New Zealand On Air continues to help New Zealand musicians achieve airplay and international attention through its ‘Phase Four’ scheme, and the Radio Broadcasters’ Association’s Code of Accelerated Growth for New Zealand music will see more of our own songs on commercial radio.

“Commercial radio, the b.net radio network, television, record stores and venues have plenty of events planned, so it won’t be hard to be aware of New Zealand music during the month. Last year we had a record seven New Zealand albums reach Number One. It’s an exciting time to be celebrating New Zealand music and everybody benefits from the ongoing effects of the month.”

Judith Tizard’s New Zealand Music Month Quiz

1. Which major New Zealand rock band has recently changed its name to Pacifier?
1 point

2. What New Zealand record label turned 21 this year?
1 point

3. New Zealand's first electronica musician set up a studio in Wellington within 1km of the Beehive in the 1960s. He died last year and in June Concert FM will feature a major documentary series on his life. Who was he?
1 point

4. Name the 1969 Fourmyula song about a popular ice-cream “vendor”?
1 point

5. What is your favourite New Zealand song of all time?
Each song gets 1 point

6. Andy Lynch of Zed is the son of one half of a major New Zealand pop duo from the 1960s. Name the singer and the duo.
1 point

7. What does a New Zealand On Air “plugger” do?
1 point

8. What is the current occupation of Joe Williams, who was the songwriter and lead vocalist for reggae group Aotearoa?
1 point

9. Bic Runga had two songs on the soundtrack for major Hollywood film American Pie. Another New Zealand singer-songwriter has followed in her footsteps, making it to the soundtrack of the film America’s Sweethearts with the song Falling In Love Again. Who is she?
1 point

10. Like Fur Patrol’s Lydia the year before, once again a New Zealand band has a current hit with a song named after a girl. Who do goodshirt sing about?
1 point

11. What is the highest-selling compilation of New Zealand songs ever?
1 point

12. Name the Tongan-born steel guitar legend who has recorded over 50 albums, written over 200 songs and recently released the album Our Serenade.
1 point

13. Waikato University recently awarded honorary doctorates to three musicians – two are brothers and the third is a renowned Maori musician. Who are they?
3 points

14. What pop bands do you associate with the New Zealand musician who has also composed for orchestras, choirs, brass and pipe bands, From Scratch, theatrical group The Front Lawn, and the soundtracks to the film An Angel at my Table, the television series Street Legal and the NZ Festival 2002 production The World’s Wife?
1 point for each band

15. Name the organisation that coordinates New Zealand Music Month with the support of the New Zealand music, radio and retail industry.
1 point

16. What is the name of the New Zealand DJ who is currently ranked as number three in the world standings?
1 point

17. Who is the biggest selling female New Zealand popular musician of all time?
1 point

18. The new book – An Ordinary Joker -– and accompanying CD profile the life and songs of the man who wrote popular New Zealand folk songs including Taumarunui (on the main trunk line) and Down the hall on a Saturday night. Who was he?
1 point

19. Name the New Zealand opera singer whose self-titled debut album sold 45,000 copies in its first month of release in New Zealand.
1 point

20. The MP for Auckland Central Question:
This musician named his album Vine Street Stories after his St Mary’s Bay home…
1 point

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