The New Zealand Music Awards began life as the Loxene Golden Disc Award in 1965, Loxene being a shampoo brand of awards sponsor Reckitt & Colman (better known these days as the makers of, amongst other brands, Dettol, Strepsil and Durex).

The awards was a single ‘record of year’ awards and the inaugural winner was Ray Columbus & The Invaders for their hit “Til We Kissed”.

Over the next few months we’ll be adding all the information from our archives to this site, so you can find out who finalists and winners were for every year of our nearly 50 year history!



The Music Awards trophy is a stylised design representing New Zealand’s native songbird, the tui. We have been using the Tui design since 1995, and it is now in it’s second generation. The overview below gives a short history the 5 versions of awards trophies.

history_loxene2001965 – 1972

The Golden Disc Award. Pictured: Maria Dallas with her 1966 Golden Disc Award for “Tumblin’ Down”.

history_pole2001973 – 1986

A gold staff. This was awarded for 13 years, apart from 1978 when the awards were broadcast as a live TV special and winners were presented with a gold microphone and framed gold disc. The pole had a 10cm diameter base upon which the winners names and categories were engraved. The pole itself (including base) stood at 40cm tall and weighed 1.8kg. Pictured: Jordan Luck, 1984. (The Dance Exponents were awarded Top Group and Album of the Year, and Jordan was awarded Top Male Vocalist).

history_block2001987 – 1992

The block: this award gets the award for being the heaviest trophy ever presented, weighing in at a whopping 3 kg. It was made of one slab of solid steel and measured 23cm H x 10cm W x 5cm D.

history_clef2001993 – 1994

A stylised treble clef note made from green perspex atop a wood-based plinth. These were only used for two years and were notoriously fragile.

history_tui11995 – 2005

The first Tui  trophy was cast from solid bronze and weighed in at a hefty 1.9 kilograms. The centre area was filled-in and coloured a mottled green to replicate the look of paua shell. These trophies cost around $600NZD to produce.

history_tui22006 – current

The next generation of Tui is made of gold-plated aluminium, and the centre area is void. This reduces the weight to just 867 grams – considerably lighter than it’s predecessor. A paua shell inlay sits at the front & the centre of the base. Tui trophies cost around $700 NZD to produce.