Category: Music

Physical media at the library

For many years the library boasted a large and seemingly ever-expanding collection of music CDs, and movie/TV DVDs. These days, due to a decline in the amount of physical media being produced, the supply is slowing to a trickle. We must also be aware of our place in the supply chain: we’re at the end, far away from the biggest producers. Companies that import CDs and DVDs for distribution in Aotearoa now bring in a smaller number of items each month. As sales decline in the shops, the range of choice for the library to purchase grows ever smaller, because we aren’t allowed to buy them from overseas like individuals can.

Library discs which are damaged or lost are basically impossible to replace, so the collection shrinks from year to year.

There is still demand for physical media among the people who use the library. So we hold onto these plastic discs because they still have value in our community. After all, it’s no good saying you can stream all that stuff if people don’t have a computer/internet connection/spare cash to subscribe.

CDs and DVDs are – at time of writing – free to issue from the library, and can be reserved and returned at any library location.

Another way in which we help fill the gap is by providing free internet access on our PCs. You can jump on with a guest pass, or use your library card to access them. If you want to see what Justin Hawkins thinks of a King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard music video, you can do that at the library.

From now on you will see music, movies and cultural performances on the big screen in the Sound & Vision area (Central Library, Mezzanine Floor). If you’re part of a group that has video footage to share, please get in touch! As long as you have the rights to the soundtrack (and any music included), and permission from any people appearing in the footage, it can be played on the screen and help you reach a wider audience. Contact us to enquire about this initiative.

Finally, work is beginning on a local music database, to help people discover new music. This database will house short features on local bands, with links to the artists’ own sites, so that anyone interested goes right to the source. If you’d like your band to be featured, please contact Initially this content will be found on the library’s blog, but as it grows it may split off into its own entity.

The methods of delivery of music and movies might change over time, but the library will change to adapt, so that you can still see and hear the things you enjoy.

2022 Taite Music Prize winner – Anthonie Tonnon

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Congratulations to Anthonie Tonnon, who has won the 2022 Taite Music Prize for his album Leave Love Out Of This. He told RNZ that the album “is about being part of the first generation growing up in the economic experiment New Zealand launched into during the 1980s”.

The Taite Music Prize “champions the most creative NZ album released annually” according to the Independent Music NZ website.

The Palmerston North City Library holds Tonnon’s album in both LP and CD formats. Have a listen and see if you agree with the judges!

Remembering Ray Liotta

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Here’s a salute to one of acting’s greats, Ray Liotta, who has just passed away. Establishing himself as one to watch with his role in Something Wild, he went on to absolutely huge roles in Field of Dreams and Goodfellas. But he was just as likely to appear in a Spongebob Squarepants movie, or indeed, to voice a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Perhaps one of his best roles was in the video for Ed Sheeran & Rudimental’s song Bloodstream. The depth of emotion he brought to this, solely through physical acting, was truly impressive.

Rest in peace, Ray.

Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa – NZ Music Month

May is New Zealand Music Month – yay! This year’s ‘Level Up’ theme is about bringing into focus tomorrow’s stars, showcasing up-and-coming talent and success stories, and celebrating what emerging success means for the New Zealand artists

What’s happening at the Library:

  • A live-streamed performance from local artists on May 26th. Check back here and we’ll post a link to it.
  • A display of music photography, called From The Pit ( You can see this on the big screen on the Central Library’s Sound & Vision area throughout May.
  • A quiz so you can test your NZ Music knowledge. You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.
  • Even more exciting: we want YOU to help us write a song! Submit a line and we’ll use it to write a song at the end of the month. You can submit a line by: writing it on the song lyric sheet in Sound & Vision at the Central Library; or email your line to (subject: “Library song”); or comment on this blog post below.

As usual, you can borrow local music on CD and vinyl for free! Visit the Sound & Vision area of the Central Library.

To find out more about what’s happening around the country, have a look at the New Zealand Music Commission website (

Have a turn with the turntable

Don’t have a turntable at home? Now you can borrow one from the Library!

It’s a one-week issue period. Grab some LPs from the vinyl collection to try them out on the player!

The turntable is kept at the Sound & Vision desk in the Central Library, right next to the main entrance off the ramp. There’s also one you can borrow at the Awapuni Library.

Waiata Anthems Week 2021

Separate from, but aligned with, Maori Language Week, Waiata Anthems Week brings you top musicians from Aotearoa playing sublime music and singing in te reo Maōri.

Their mission: “An industry-wide initiative, Waiata Anthems Week will be a celebration of the best new waiata and a chance to honour the champions and pioneers of te reo Māori who paved the way for future generations, supporting the emergence of a truly bilingual musical landscape.”

Here’s the website, where you’ll find links to the music on various platforms.

And don’t forget that Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from Mahuru (September) 13th – 19th. Get some inspiration from the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!


Lung did quite well for themselves back in the day. Main Lung guy Dave White ran The Stomach for a while, and he was always anarchically encouraging, and ready to push you into doing something musically weird if you felt like it. (Anecdotes in the comments, please!) Far-flung Lung toured overseas, and I seem to recall they did well in some European countries. Anyway, come 2021 and they said “let’s do that stuff again”, so they did a tour of Aotearoa. I’m told that all the energy and attitude from the Nineties was still present and correct!