Audio Potluck

Audio Potluck is a podcast dedicated to the music of te Tairāwhiti. Each episode one of our panelists bring a song with Gizzy whakapapa to the table for the potluck panel to sample and mull over. Serving as a starting point for yarns about all things music out here on the East Coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Made for Gizzy Local, an online platform for community connection.

Where to listen


Audio Potluck #18
Res Rapid with Joe by Minus Title.

For our final episode of Season 1. of Audio Potluck, Res Rapid brings the song Joe by Minus Title to the potluck table. Res describes the song as “positional” that is, representative of a moment in time in the Gisborne music scene and indeed in his own life.  It was the nineties and a bunch of young people were taking matters into their own hands, forming bands, putting on their own shows and finding venues in which they could perform for their friends. Res remembers “kids going ballistic”,

Episode #17
Owen Vickers with Games We Play by Marching Orders

In this episode of Audio Potluck, local guitar maestro Owen Vickers brings ‘Games We Play’ by Marching Orders to the potluck table. While Marching Orders, made up of Jackie Clarke, Martin Kirk, Russell Braithwaite, and Tony Murdoch were a band of the fleeting variety, they made a bang while they were together. This recording was taken from the Shazam Battle of the Bands in 1983 in which they placed third. They are a pretty fantastic example of the New Wave Synth-pop genre of the time and you guessed it, it was all going on right here in little old Gizzy!

Episode #16
Aimee Milne with Charade (Love in the Ruin Mix)

In this edition of Audio Potluck, Aimee Milne brings along the track ‘Charade – Love Amongst Ruin Mix’ featuring Gisborne-born and raised Sandy Mill. Sandy Mill has worked with many well-known musicians both here in Aotearoa and in the UK over the course of her epic career including SJD, Dick Johnston and Pitch Black. While Sandy might have been pegged as a ‘dance diva’ her own five-track EP A Piece of Me released in 2019 was more Memphis soul and Blues.

This song however fits within the former category, though as Aimee Milne suggests here, this Love Amongst Ruin Mix would be most perfect the morning after a big night out dancing and not sleeping. Join Aimee Milne, Owen Vickers, Res Rapid and Nikki O’Connor here for Episode 16.

Episode #15
Haere Mai composed by Tuini Ngawai, sung by Cara Pewhairangi

Who knew this song so familiar, had its whakapapa here in te Tairāwhiti? ‘Haere Mai’ was composed by Tuini Ngawai (Te Whānau a Ruataupare, Ngāti Porou) and is performed in this version by her whanaunga Cara Pewhairangi. In this episode Nikki O’Connor is joined by Res Rapid, Aimee Milne and Owen Vickers.

Episode #14
Nikki O’Connor with Dark Park by QTPI

In Episode #14 of Audio Potluck Nikki O’Connor’s brings a song ‘Dark Park’ by the band QTPI formed by former Gisborne lad Arron Clark and Di Smith in Dunedin. A great example of the DIY aesthetic, the story goes that the band was so dedicated to their no-fi approach (presumably one step further than low-fi) that to they turned down the opportunity to record in a studio, sticking to the recording medium they knew would do their fritty punky DIY noise rock the most justice.

Audio Potluck #13
Kristine Walsh with Rites of Spring by Flaming Stars

Kristine Walsh chose to bring ‘Rites of Spring’ by Flaming Stars along to the latest Audio Potluck not only because it’s a very fun piece of music, but also because of what it represents to her: the coming together of musicians to support each other and play together; a vital element in the creation of any happening ‘music scene’.  Flaming Stars were the original F-Star records band, made up of lyricist and vocalist Simon Vita, guitarist and composer Martin Kirk and Ross Revington on Bass. ‘Rites of Spring’ was one of the Flaming Stars’ first songs but the last one they ever recorded. Described as “devastating” live act, they won Battle of the Bands Gisborne in 1984.

Episode #12
Paulus McKinnon with Patterns 20 Edit A by Carrier

Steven King aka Carrier recently released a couple of edits of the track Patterns 20 and Paulus McKinnon jumped on the opportunity to bring Edit A along to our latest Audio Potluck session. Pattern 20 can be described as a dreamy dub techno journey; an exploration of the dub end of minimal techno, it is sparse and spacious, with a repetitiousness that becomes a meditation. Join Paulus, Kristine Walsh and Nikki O’Connor for some in-depth discussions of process and it wouldn’t be an Audio Potluck without a nostalgic wander down memory lane… 

Episode #11
Simon White with Home by Skankamelia

Simon White from Oceanspace was 13 years old when he first heard Skankamelia at the A&P Show. We know that Simon is not alone when he talks about ‘Home’ by Skankamelia as a song he’s often called upon when wanting to evoke that sense of home. Skankamelia is a band so inextricably connected to this place, whose music is carried in the hearts of so many people both here in the Tairāwhiti and all around the world. The title of this song says it all really…

Audio Potluck #10
Nikki O’Connor with Mata by Mountain Eater.

Our Audio Potluck host Nikki O’Connor goes all out in this episode, bringing the full complement of pre-dinner drinks, nibbles, and an entrée to pave the way for her chosen song ‘Mata’ by Mountain Eater as well as providing a succulent foray into the song itself. Mountain Eater came into being in Dunedin around 2005 and is comprised of Tristan Dingemans and Gisborne locals Chris Livingston and Anaru Ngata.

Audio Potluck #9
Amanda McLean with First Kiss by Tyna Keelan

In this episode of Audio Potluck Amanda Mclean brings along ‘First Kiss’ by Tyna Keelan, feat. Scribe to the potluck table. Tyna’s voice of honey and the sentiment of first love captured so sweetly in this beautiful ballad, may actually melt your heart. This episode is also a great chance to learn a little bit more about local performer Amanda Mclean as well as the place in which Tyna’s and Amanda’s lives have currently collided as tauira and kaiako – the Māori Performing Arts course at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Audio Potluck #8
Brian Campbell with Open Heart by The Karuthers Brothers

In this episode artist and musician Brian Campbell shares a song and some of the process behind the music of The Karuthers Brothers. The Karuthers Brothers started as a follow on from the band BIGWATER, fronted by songwriter Pete Stewart (Guitar/vocals) and Trevor Herk (Bass/vocals), which has gone on to record two albums. The song Open Heart is from their 2021 album K2, in which Pete and Trevor are joined by Dion Whaanga (drums) and Tawi Rutherford (guitar). An album which has as its whakapapa many years worth of legendary Thursday night jam sessions, in some house, in some corner of Wainui, Gisborne…

Audio Potluck #7
Nikki O’Connor with Steel Blue Skies by Wasp Factory

This beautiful song from Wasp Factory’s 1987 EP ‘Hick-Hate’ sounds so of its time and is yet still so utterly listenable. Clare Robinson takes a trip down memory lane, remembering the antics of this Gisborne 3-piece, made up of Jason Fawcett, Martin Kirk and Mark Revington, as well as their audience, back in the heyday of live music here in little ole’ Gizzy.

Audio Potluck Episode #6
Jahvan Apatu with Roseanne by Scarf

Settle in for a good old yarn with Jahvan Apatu and the panel as he remembers his Uncle’s band Scarf and their early 90’s Hit ‘Roseanne.’ A Big Hair Band, from Gizzy..?! Actually, Uncle Richie is from Mahia, but we’re willing to widen the borders a bit especially if it means we get to claim a connection to one of the first NZ bands to get signed to BMG.

Audio Potluck Episode #5
Scott Casley with Get to You by Skankamelia

It was only ever going to be a matter of time before someone brought Skankamelia to the party! The music by Dion and Day Whaanga and Lawrence Rangi truly epitomised an era here in Gizzy and undoubtedly all around the coast. Scott Casley brings along their song ‘Get to You’ for a sampling, as well as some great little memory tweakers around the days and times of Alt Fm and other early 2000’s goings on here in Gizzy. If you’re looking for more Skankamelia listening you can find them on YouTube.

Long Play: Session One

In the long play of the First Session of Audio Potluck you can listen to host Nikki O’Connor’s selection by the Coolies, from their 2010 Album ‘Master.’ If you haven’t heard any of the previous episodes, you may as well start here and settle in for the entire session. It also includes some insights as to how one does go about finding local music, which we’ve saved especially for this long play. Enjoy!

Audio Potluck Episode #3
Tyna Keelan with Mirrors by Rob Ruha

Eminent musician, MC, producer and vocalist Tyna Keelan discusses his chosen song ‘Mirrors’ by one of the most highly acclaimed musicians from around these parts, Rob Ruha with the panel. Tyna’s got some hot tips on who else to listen out for, a couple of beautiful tales from his experiences working with Rob Ruha over the years and is joined by Kirstin Sheehan, Darryl Monteith and our fabulous host Nikki O’Connor.

Audio Potluck Episode #2
Darryl Monteith with ‘Mars One’ from the Crumb Factory

Welcome to the second episode of Audio Potluck on Gizzy Local! In this week’s episode Smash Palace’s passionate proprietor and proponent of local music, Darryl Monteith brings ‘Mars One’ from The Crumb Factory’s album ‘Our Crumbs are Crummier’ to the potluck table for a sampling. He is joined by his fellow panel members Tyna Keelan, Kirstin Sheehan and of course our fabulous host Nikki O’Connor.

Audio Potluck Episode #1
Kirstin Sheehan with ‘Combine Harvester’ from Opposite Sex

The first song for the Audio Potluck panel is Combine Harvester from Opposite Sex’s latest album, High Drama brought along to the feast by Kirstin Sheehan. Kirstin saw Opposite Sex at their first ever gig at Winstons Bar in the Poverty Bay Club, and has been an avid fan ever since. Who doesn’t remember the energy of that first gig, right? It was electric.

Join us for our first session of Audio Potluck for Combine Harvester, some Opposite Sex back story, and even some input from Kirstin’s mum Jules, via text..