A new Tui trophy designed by leading New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell are among the changes in store for this year’s NZ Music Awards.

The NZ music industry’s premier awards event will be held at Auckland’s Spark Arena on November 15 and this year will be hosted by Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and local media personality Kanoa Lloyd.

Recorded Music New Zealand is promising a new direction for the Vodafone-sponsored ceremoney– aka the Tuis – which honours the best in local music over the past year.

The main change announced so far is a new ‘Artists’ Tui initiative, which will see a prominent New Zealand creative putting their twist on the trophy each year.

Dick Frizzell, best known for his iconic celebrations of Kiwiana, is the first artist to be selected to revamp the Tui statuette. “I jumped at the chance to put my own spin on the iconic Tui for Recorded Music New Zealand,” he says. “It’s an honour to be a part of celebrating the achievements of the amazingly talented artists of Aotearoa.”

Dick Frizzell artist in striped shirt
Dick Frizzell

Another new initiative will be the Tui Music Series, a two-week programme of industry events leading up to the main ceremony.