Aroha has been making her mark in the New Zealand music industry for many years. Well known for her work in radio, television, audio technology, and as an accomplished DJ; music is her passion.
She's a tastemaker for new and emerging talent outside of the mainstream and until recently was a flagship host for almost 8 years on NZ’s #1 dance music station, George FM. She also brought her wide knowledge to TV3's top rating breakfast slot, The Paul Henry Show, with her weekly music reviews.
Winner of the reader-voted 2013 Rip It Up Magazine “Best of Kiwi - Best Club DJ” award; Aroha’s eclectic dance music selections have seen her play support for some of the biggest acts and emerging stars including Disclosure, Diplo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kaytranada and Troyboi.
David Ridler - Head of Music and Radio, NZ On Air
David has held three different positions with NZ On Air over the last 15 years - a radio promotions NZ music ‘plugger’ in the early 2000s, the Assistant NZ Music Manager from 2008-2012, and now he heads up NZ On Air’s music funding and promotions work. David has also had a career in radio programming and operations, with stints at radio stations as varied as Radio Hauraki, More FM, Radio Active, Classic Hits and Channel Z.
Greg Haver – Music Producer
Greg Haver is a Welsh record producer, now based in Auckland, New Zealand. His background as a musician, engineer and music programmer led to production work with artists as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, Bullet For My Valentine, Catatonia, INME, John Cale and the Super Furry Animals. Haver currently works with an international roster of artists including Jason Kerrison (Opshop), the feelers, Kimbra and Junica (New Zealand); Chinaski and Peter Aristone (Czech Republic); Codes and Hogan (Republic of Ireland); Onirama (Greece); GEM and Novastar (Netherlands); and Marvin (Switzerland). Recent projects include the production and curation of the Auckland SongHubs writing seminars with APRA NZ and the New Zealand Music Producer Series With Recorded Music NZ and NZ On Air.
Kings - Musician
You would have definitely heard his track "Don't Worry Bout It" - Auckland based Kings is well known among music circles in the North Shore, where his studio and record label Arch Angel Records is based. Kings has been producing music for the past 6 years and his production skill set also includes composing for film scores and commercials all over the world.
Mikee Tucker – Loop Recordings
Mikee Tucker: Founder of independent record label and live booking agency Loop, co-founder of music collective Fly My Pretties and NZ Producer for Think Inc who produce events such as An Evening with Steve Wozniak, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr Jane Goodall.
Nicky's 20-year music industry career has seen her hone her skills across a number of areas. Working for record labels BMG and Sony, she has held roles in publicity, label management and marketing, helping to shape the success of many local and international artists.
Nicky currently consults as a Programme Developer and lecturer for Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, overseeing the music industry major for their Bachelor of Commercial Music. She is part of the team behind AudioCulture.co.nz (“the noisy library of New Zealand music”) and sister site NZOnScreen.com, and freelances as a digital marketing consultant and film & television researcher for music based projects.
Mitch Lowe – Audiology Touring
Mitch Lowe has made a business out of having fun, running events and gigs with artists and managing and promoting a whole lot more. Now aged just 26, and with offices in Sydney and Auckland, Mitch’s Audiology Touring has put on over 500 events from SBTRKT, Roni Size, London Elektricity, John Digweed, Gorillaz, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killa since he accidentally fell into this notoriously brutal business as a teenager in 2008.
Moana Maniapoto – Musician
MOANA MANIAPOTO (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) is the leader of the band Moana & the Tribe. A self-confessed political junkie whose lyrics are rooted in the New Zealand landscape, culture and experience, Moana ‘produces her own blend of traditional and contemporary styles without compromising either” (NZ Herald).
In September 2016 Moana was inducted into the APRA AMCOS NZ Music Hall of Fame as the 10th recipient and 3rd woman. The Hall Of Fame celebrates and pays tribute to legendary figures that have shaped, influenced and advanced popular music in New Zealand.
Peter Dickens - NZ Music Foundation
Peter Dickens started in radio in Wellington before moving to programme production including a number of iconic NZ music radio initiatives for NZ on Air. After taking a short break to see the world, Peter entered the world of charities and not-for-profit organisations in the United Kingdom and stayed for over a decade. Now back in the country, he is using his knowledge of charities and philanthropic organisations as well his understanding of the unique place music holds in NZ to develop the work of the foundation.
Sarah Leota - Recorded Music NZ
Sarah Leota is a child of the music industry and as such was determined to never make a career of it! After working at Truetone Records while at university she spent the first half of her career in the community - first as a truancy officer, then working with vulnerable families with the Ministry of Social Development. But it wasn't long before her love for music pulled her back in. For the last 3 years she has been at Recorded Music NZ looking after the behemoth that is the New Zealand Music Awards. Sarah also sits on the Music Managers Forum NZ's Executive Committee.
Scott Maclachlan - Saiko Management
Scott Maclachlan is the co-founder and director of Saiko Management, a boutique music management company with offices in Auckland and New York City. After 20 years in the British music business, and five locally with Universal Music, Scott is responsible for unearthing and nurturing two of New Zealand’s biggest ever artists; Lorde & Sole Mio, the latter whom he continues to manage.
Saiko’s style of management is both developmental and disruptive; look where others don’t, do what others won’t. Being small, agile and ambitious, has allowed the current roster, including Thomston, Parson James and LEISURE, to achieve critical and commercial success in their own rights whilst having their sights firmly on global exposure.
Simon Banks – SB Global Entertainment
At University Simon studied sound engineering but soon realised that he didn’t want to spend his life listening to thousands of takes of the same guitar part in a dark basement and that his passion lay in discovering new artists.
He talked his way into a management company in London as their bookkeeper but after it became obvious he wasn’t an accountant, he went to work for free at Island Records, which led to them employing him and soon after he started scouting for them.
He went on to do A&R at GUT and Telstar Records until, after being fired for the fourth time, he became quite disillusioned with the business and decided to leave. A few months later KT Tunstall, whom he had seen perform 5 years previously, asked him to manage her and he went on to do this for 13 years -guiding her to 5 million album sales (several times platinum in NZ), 4 Brit nominations (one award), a Grammy nomination, an Ivor Novello award, Mercury Music prize and many more accolades. Simon had success with many other artists and was awarded the UK Manager of the Year award in 2006.
Simon moved to New Zealand in January 2015 and now has a label and publishing company in partnership with Universal Music (Australia and NZ). Finding some time between the hundreds of daily emails and calls, Simon completed a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy – this has been of immense value when applied to the relationships he has with artists and his ability to understand them.
Tyna Keelan – Musician
Tyna Keelan is a multi-award winning songwriter and producer who has been a mentor for the NZ Music Commission for over 10 years.
He has performed on stages across the world and is renowned as a singer, musician, hip hop artist, songwriter and producer who has had success in a number of different genres.
Over the last 2 years Tyna has run a successful youth focused music programme called Mana-Ake which helped to uplift young people and give them real opportunities for the future.
He has recently moved to his hometown of Gisborne and is running a music course through Te Wananga o Aotearoa giving more young people guidance and real opportunities in music.
Victoria Kelly – APRA AMCOS
APRA AMCOS is a non-profit member organisation of songwriters, composers and music publishers that was established in 1926. They represent over 87,000 music writers and publishers across New Zealand and Australia for their public performance, communication and mechanical copyrights. Through agreements with similar organisations around the world they represent more than two million writers and publishers globally.
Vicky Blood - NZ Music Commission, WeCreate
Victoria (Vicky) Blood has had a 30+ year career in the international music industry – much of it based in London. During the 1990s she was Head of Marketing and Creative Development at BMG/RCA Entertainment UK, developing and marketing multi-million-selling artists including Annie Lennox, Take That and M People. In 1997, Vicky co-founded and managed the Byrne Blood Group, which became the UK's pop management and production powerhouse of the time, with very successful artists Steps and A1.
Relocating to NZ in 2004, and intending to semi-retire, Vicky soon found herself back in the music business full-time, being instrumental in developing the career of Gin Wigmore and managing Gin until 2010, when Gin relocated to Los Angeles. She has been a Trustee of the NZ Music Commission since October 2010 , and Chair of the Board of Trustees since March 2013.
Since 2015 Vicky has been a member of the working group for WeCreate – the alliance of New Zealand’s creative industries that seeks to grow the economic contribution of the NZ creative sector.