Gareth Shute

Business
Dec 6, 2018

A Kiwi ex-Tesla employee takes on the backlash against electric vehicles

Former Tesla employee Hamish McKenzie explains why he believes the widespread adoption of electric vehicles is inevitable.

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Music
Nov 3, 2018

Rapper Meer: 'Once I started to love myself completely, I became almost unstoppable'

Ex-Heavy/Cool Tan rapper Meer talks about her new single ‘1953'.

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Music
Oct 26, 2018

Israel Starr: Second generation reggae star and rastaman

Israel Starr on his new single, ‘Future Navigator,’ and the astounding popularity of local reggae music.

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Music
Oct 8, 2018

Kaylee Bell: Taking New Zealand country music to Nashville

Kaylee Bell on her new music, her foothold in the Australian country scene and the musical stalwarts she’s been working with in Nashville.

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Music
Oct 2, 2018

John Rykenberg’s trove of Auckland nightlife photos from the 50s & 60s

John Rykenberg ran a studio of photographers from the 50s to the 70s. Last year, 900 boxes from his studio were donated to Auckland Libraries. Here are some favourites.

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Parents
Sep 3, 2018

The joys of building a crappy playhouse

Spring is just around the corner, so what better time to start work on your own playhouse? Why let a lack of building prowess or your shitty collection of tools stand in your way?

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Music
Aug 30, 2018

The laidback raps and pop beats of Hans.

Hans made his name in the Soundcloud rap scene, but last year made a leap with his one-and-only track on Spotify racking up 1.5 million streams. He talks collaborarting and his new EP, Puddles.

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Society
Aug 9, 2018

What’s still worth recycling these days?

The state of recycling in New Zealand is back in the news after China announced it will no longer take much of our used plastic. But that's no reason to give up on recycling entirely.

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Music
Jul 26, 2018

Josie Moon: A synesthetic indie-pop artist on the rise

An indie-pop act on the rise, inspired as much by imagery and colours as it is by musical ideas.

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Business
Jul 12, 2018

What’s it like to work in New Zealand’s largest shared working space?

Gareth Shute checks in on the B:HIVE's progress since opening its first two floors in December. He chats to two B:HIVE tenants and Smales Farm CEO Paul Gunn to get an insider's perspective.

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Music
Jul 2, 2018

Vincent HL: From West Auckland punk drummer to fuzz folkster

Vincent Lum – aka Vincent HL – discusses his fuzzed-out take on country rock and a new set of songs that cover everything from death to hangovers to strange mystical vortexes.

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Music
Jun 30, 2018

Jackson Owens: A Māori pop star in LA going solo

Turangi-born, LA-based Jackson Owens discusses his debut solo single, ‘Touch,’ and why breakthrough success for the singer now seems closer than ever.

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Music
Jun 21, 2018

Are Flight of the Conchords the biggest NZ live act ever?

How do 'New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo’ stack up in the history of New Zealand live performers?

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Music
Jun 15, 2018

Lukas and LMC bring the ‘Rain’

Rapper Lukas and beatmaker LMC have come together to create the perfect downbeat tune for the season, matched by an equally striking music video.

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Music
Jun 12, 2018

The weird and wonderful NZ artists who’ve topped a million Spotify streams

The unusual paths there New Zealand acts have taken to get to a million Spotify streams.

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Music
May 14, 2018

Shoegaze, dream pop and the return of the ethereal side of NZ indie music

“Dream pop” and "shoegaze" are the genres of the moment in the worldwide indie scene and New Zealand is no exception. Gareth Shute traces their origins and looks at why they're back in the spotlight.

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Music
May 8, 2018

Does local radio actually play any local music?

New Zealand Music Month was started, in part, to encourage local radio to play local music. Did it work? Is it still working?

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Music
Apr 19, 2018

Lorde’s top five covers from her Melodrama tour (+ playlist!)

One of the remarkable features of Lorde's Melodrama tour has been the sheer number of cover versions she’s performed. Gareth Shute trawled through them all.

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Music
Apr 1, 2018

How folk became New Zealand’s top musical export

Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid are at the forefront of a folk scene that is revolutionising how NZ music is seen overseas, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to local folk success stories.

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Business
Feb 20, 2018

What it’s really like to own an electric car

You plug in your phone at night, why not the car as well? Gareth Shute describes the joys (and dramas) of being an EV owner.

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Music
Feb 19, 2018

By the numbers: The New Zealand music with the most Spotify streams

Gareth Shute crunches the numbers on who is the most streamed here and abroad – and asks why the two don't always match.

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Music
Oct 9, 2017

A different kind of buzz: Why hip-hop artist Lukas is rejecting the upbeat NZ sound

Lukas created his first buzz on Soundcloud before crossing over to a wider audience with his track ‘Comfort Clouds,’ which has quickly reached 120,000 streams on Spotify. He explains to Gareth Shute why he sees himself as part of a new wave of downbeat hip-hop acts poised to rise up from the underground.

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Music
Aug 16, 2017

How New Zealand songs are made in 2017

Gareth Shute examines the varied ways songs are written in the modern era by speaking to three artists who’ve released work recently – Herriot Row, Raiza Biza and October.

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Music
Aug 3, 2017

Ex-Checks band Racing introduce their new single

Gareth Shute talks to Racing about moving on from their first EP – and from the bands of their past.

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Music
Jun 22, 2017

All black everything: A new song for the All Blacks

Gareth Shute delved into the history of All Blacks songs, found them wanting, so wrote his own.

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Music
Jun 20, 2017

‘Why stand and stare up at a stage?’ Bachelorette’s Annabel Alpers on reimagining the live music experience

Gareth Shute talks to Annabel Alpers about retiring her Bachelorette moniker and finding a new way to play live.

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