Don’t get snaky with St Patrick

New Zealanders have a soft spot for St Patrick; I put it down to the snakes. I arrived in New Zealand some 40 years ago and one thing that struck me then, which still seems to hold true today, is the large number of Kiwis who are afraid of snakes. Obviously,...... Read More

Max Christoffersen – music lover

Death was in the air last week.  Excuse me if I dwell on it. Luke Perry, star of a TV show that “defined the ‘90s” died at 52 after a stroke. Keith Flint, frontman of The Prodigy, took his own life at 49. He was playing in Auckland...... Read More

Promoting local music is just a call away

If you’re planning something musical in the Bay – be it a festival, concert, show, gig, album, EP or single – there’s one easy way to publicise it: contact me. There we go. That was easy. And if you have a feeling of déjà...... Read More

Folk Club holds big birthday bash

It’s always a pleasure to dish out a happy birthday, and that’s what I’m doing this week. It’s a big birthday at the beginning of March in the ever-expanding, mural-drenched utopia that is Katikati. But first, a bit of news...... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 41

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. This week he’s once again as contented as a cat sitting in a small box. Three gigs in three days, that’s all it takes. And a book. So join...... Read More

Jam Factory is what Tauranga needed

An obvious indicator of getting older is people you know dying. I realise that’s not a very happy way to start a column, but at a certain time of life - and I think I’m at it now - recognisable faces from throughout your days begin to grow...... Read More

Fyre Festival fiasco makes good viewing

What a fantastically sunny run of events we’ve had! It’s been great this year. Bay Dreams, One Love, Slash, Toto, the 80s disco show, Live Music at The Lettuce Inn, Katikati Twilight Concerts, River Sounds Festival and more have all enjoyed...... Read More

50 musical days in Asia

There are all sorts of people recording  music in Tauranga. At one end of the scale are professional bands and musicians - practitioners who either have been, or intend to be, in this crazy business we call show for the long haul. But, in a place...... Read More

Lettuce Inn for music and art

Katikati is officially one of the best towns in New Zealand. That’s what they tell me. It was a headline I read the other day, and I think what bugs me most about it is the word ‘officially’. Forget what you know – this is official. How...... Read More

Forget the concrete, enjoy the music

The mythical phoenix gains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. So there appears to be a certain retrospective irony in Tauranga City Council’s decision to strip the Mount carpark of that name. Even phoenixes would have a hard...... Read More

Not over for The Narcs

There are a bunch of ‘nostalgia’ acts playing around the Bay during summer, but The Narcs aren’t one of them. So what’s the difference, in a holiday season that’s bringing us Toto, Jefferson Starship and too many others...... Read More

Bless the rains down in Tauranga

One of the world’s favourite American rock bands will meet Tauranga residents all the way, at what’s been pegged as the region’s hottest gig of the summer. Toto touches down in Tauranga on January 9 at Trustpower Baypark, supported...... Read More

Kudos for the contribution

I think I can say – without fear of contradiction – that we’re getting close to the end of the year. Let’s assume that y’all by now have plans for New Year’s Eve. There’s a lot going on, so have fun and do...... Read More

The Blues Are Coming To Town

A wise man once said: ‘The blues is like a plain glass’ –  I tend to agree. The idea is that the basic structure and building blocks of the blues are so simple, so transparent, that there is nothing to disguise the contents,...... Read More

Oasis of musical calm in the madness

In an unpredictable world, it’s good to know some things stay the same. And, as the chaos of Christmas draws ever closer, that’s what the Winston Watusi column is here for – to help keep everything on an even course, an oasis of calm...... Read More