Gareth Shute

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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Politics
May 31, 2017

‘It’s complete bullshit. It’s so disingenuous’: Dr David Galler talks health and politics

The auuthor of the acclaimed Things That Matter, talks to Gareth Shute about health policy in the lead-up to the election – about the obesity crisis, the social investment approach and the kind of place New Zealand wants to be.

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Music
May 3, 2017

Help us find Auckland’s lost music venues (+ interactive map!)

Gareth Shute asks for your help in creating a map of all the venues that have existed in Auckland, from the early 20th century through to the present.

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Parents
Apr 6, 2017

What’s worse: the Terrible Twos or Terrible Threes?

Prompted by his son's recent fourth birthday, Gareth Shute look backs and decides which of the preceding “terrible” years did the most to fray his nerves.

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Music
Mar 2, 2017

‘Dunedin is the reason I will never touch tequila again’: an oral history of the Boost Mobile Hookup Tour

Thirteen years ago, New Zealand hip hop's king-hitters joined forces for one of the biggest tours this country has ever seen. Gareth Shute talked to many of those involved to get the inside story of what went down.

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Music
Feb 20, 2017

What Japan can tell us about the future of music

What will popular music sound and look like in 10 or 20 years time? Gareth Shute looks to Japan, where the era of the ‘authentic’ rock musician has already come to an end.

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Television
May 12, 2016

Throwback Thursday: ‘We were arrogant little shits’ – The TV report that unveiled NZ’s punk scene

Before there was Flying Nun, there was the NZ punk scene. For the start of NZ Music Month, Gareth Shute looks back at an unintentional snapshot of the birth of our local indie scene.

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Television
Feb 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Governor was a funding controversy to outstrip all others

Inspired by more recent NZ On Air funding controversies, Gareth Shute revisits 1977's historical epic The Governor, and argues why it remains our finest example of funding furore.

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