The Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album.
Named after the late highly regarded music journalist Dylan Taite, 2017 is the eighth year for the award.
NZ On Air is an Official Partner of the Awards, which are run by Independent Music NZ. It fits with our role supporting and championing local music, and adding to the diversity of local music available.
In 2017, again, the majority of artists nominated as finalists are NZ On Air supported artists and we are pleased to see their music being appreciated and celebrated by NZ audiences.
Congratulations to this year's finalists:
Aaradhna with Brown Girl
Hopetoun Brown with Look So Good
Lawrence Arabia with Absolute Truth
Leisure with Leisure
Lontalius with I’ll Forget 17
Pacific Heights with The Stillness
Shayne P Carter with Offsider
Street Chant with Hauora
And congratulations to the 2017 IMNZ Taite Music Prize winner - Street Chant with Hauora
2010 – Lawrence Arabia ‘Chant Darling’ (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 – Ladi6 – ‘The Liberation Of’ (Question? Music)
2012 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Unknown Mortal Orchestra’ (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD – ‘Elastic Wasteland’ (Round Trip Mars)
2014 - Lorde - 'Pure Heroine' (Universal)
2015 - Jakob - 'Sines' (Shoot The Freak)
2016 - Silicon - 'Personal Computer' (Weird World Recording Co / Universal Music NZ)
NZ On Air spends $10,000 a year on supporting the Taite Music Prize.
Harry Parsons — singer/songwriter from Waikato and overall winner of the solo/duo category of the Smokefree Rockquest 2013 — is on the road to a professional music career, with the release of his first single and video.
From Elizabeth Marvelly: classical crossover singer, to Lizzie Marvelly: pop singer/songwriter.