Singers and musicians (New Zealand)

Where can I find information about New Zealand singers and musicians?

Image: Lorde by digboston on Flickr.

Entry last updated: 10/05/21


Famous people are people who are well known throughout the world for what they have done. They come from all areas of life, including music, sport, politics, art, science and technology. In this entry we will show you how to find information about famous or well known New Zealand Singers and Musicians from the past and the present.

Some New Zealand singers and musicians

Here is a list of well known New Zealand Singers and Musicians, but there are many more. Some famous people have their own official websites or foundations, like the ones highlighted below.

Individual singers and musicians

Anika Moa

Dave Dobbyn

Brooke Fraser



Bic Runga

Boh Runga

Kiri Te Kanawa

Stan Walker

Hayley Westenra

Gin Wigmore

Bands or Groups



Split Enz


The Exponents


General websites

These websites have lots of information about famous singers and musicians from all over the world.

NZ History

This is a great New Zealand website for historical information, including New Zealand's top 30 songs as voted by APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the academy in 2001.

  • Search this site under Topics then Culture and Society.
  • Choose The arts and entertainment.
  • If you choose New Zealand Music Month there are many links to articles about the New Zealand music scene.
Tips: Websites like this one that have .govt in the address are Government sites and are reliable sources of information.

NZ Music Commission

This site is a good resource for New Zealand music statistics, a directory of New Zealand artists with links to each musician, and you can also discover new artists.

  • To find information about a specific New Zealand artist, choose the NZ Artists tab or use the search box to search by keyword or genre.
  • Also browse the Artist Resources tab for links to other NZ websites and online resources.
Tips: Websites that have .org or .net in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the organisation’s mission and values are.

Audio Culture

The description is "The noisy library of New Zealand music' and this website is great for listening to sample songs and video links of NZ artists.

  • The People section is a good place to start as it takes you to a people index.
  • You can also use the search box to explore genres like rock, pop or classical.
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About Us link on this website to find out what the company's mission and values are.

Epic resources

EPIC is a collection of online resources that have been put together especially for New Zealand school students. The two resources below have lots of information on famous New Zealand singers and musicians.

Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

This is a good site for information specific to Australia and New Zealand. It is a great source for newspaper and magazine articles.

  • Search for your famous person using the search box.

Biography in context

As well as biographies, this site has video and audio recordings and images of past and present people. It is a great site for information about famous people, in New Zealand and around the world.

  • Browse people and choose a category such as Singers, Dancers, and Musicians.
  • You can also search for your famous person using the search box.
Tips: To use an EPIC resource you need a login and password from your school librarian. You can also login to AnyQuestions between 1pm and 6pm Monday to Friday and one of our librarians can help you online.


Your local public library or school will have many books about famous people. It is a good idea to search individual musicians by name to find biographies.

Here are some suggested titles for general books about famous New Zealand people, including inventors, sports stars, artists and musicians:

New Zealand's Top 100 History-Makers by Joseph Romanos

Lorde by Adrianna Morganelli

The Great New Zealand Songbook: autographs by Murray Thom

Kiwi rock chicks, popstars & trailblazers by Ian Chapman

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