Air New Zealand Pushes Play On 100% Kiwi Music
Popular Kiwi musicians will entertain passengers at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airport domestic departure
lounges over the next two weeks, celebrating Air New Zealand’s move to 100% New Zealand music.
The unique performances will mark the introduction of Kiwi music videos onboard Air New Zealand’s fleet of 14 domestic
737 aircraft and new sound systems playing Kiwi music in gate lounges and airbridges.
Air New Zealand passengers will be counting the beat to live gigs from a line-up of iconic and up-and-coming New Zealand
musicians such as Dave Dobbyn, Goldenhorse, The Electric Confectionaires, Tiki, Ladi6 and Parks, Opshop, PDiggs from
Shapeshifter this Thursday and Friday at Auckland and Christchurch domestic airports. The artists will be performing
intimate concerts in the departure gates, with the spotlight then turning to Wellington on Friday 21 December.
Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand Group General Manager Short Haul Airlines, says Air New Zealand is committed to showcasing
New Zealand creativity both domestically and internationally.
“We’ve made a long-term commitment to New Zealand music that we hope will ultimately help the music industry to grow. By
playing 100% Kiwi music on our domestic jets, we are exposing New Zealand music to a new audience including overseas
visitors to our country.
“The musicians who are performing have been incredibly supportive and what better way to kick off a Kiwi summer than
with the sound of Kiwi music.
“This initiative is just one of a number of innovations our passengers will experience over the next few months that
will appeal to all senses as we continue on the path to improving our domestic journey,” says Mr Parton.
Cath Andersen, CEO of the New Zealand Music Commission, says “it’s fantastic to see our national carrier become a true
flagship for New Zealand culture through our music”.
“By throwing its weight behind our local music industry, Air New Zealand is ensuring that many more great New Zealand
songs are heard by fellow Kiwis and international visitors alike.”
The music videos will be played onboard during boarding and prior to departure. Air New Zealand has also installed
speaker systems in the departure lounges and air bridges at Auckland and Christchurch domestic terminals with plans to
expand further. The video and audio play lists feature up to fifty tracks which will be refreshed and added to over
The Air New Zealand mini music festival schedule:
Thursday 13th December Friday 14th December
The Electric Confectionaires
2.00-2.20, 4.55-5.15 Auckland
Ladi6 and Parks
4.50-5.10, 6.20-6.45 Christchurch
PDiggs from Shapeshifter
Please note: The schedule for Wellington will be announced later in the week.