New Zealand musicians (from left) Anika Moa, Boh Runga and
Hollie Smith. Photo supplied.
Boh Runga's advice for musicians wanting to make a living
off their talent in New Zealand is to ''gig as much as they
can'' - and with 17 upcoming shows as part of the Classic Hits
Winery Tour she is certainly putting her own advice into
Runga is joined by Anika Moa and Hollie Smith for a
collaboration simply titled AnikaBoh&Hollie.
Other acts on the tour are Fat Freddy's Drop, the Adults -
another collaboration of New Zealand musicians - and special
guest Clara van Wel, winner of New Zealand's Got
When spoken to yesterday by the Queenstown Times,
Runga, who first achieved success in the '90s with rock band
Stellar, had performed two shows of the tour and said the
crowd response had been positive. AnikaBoh&Hollie
released their debut album Peace of Mind last Friday.
The three friends came up with the idea to collaborate over a
few glasses of wine early last year, Runga said.
In October the trio took their songs around the country on
the Church Tour, which resulted in rave reviews and standing
When asked how musicians in New Zealand made a living, Runga
said ''people should just gig as much as they can - in this
day and age you just have to play as much as you can''.
''Music is a tough career.''
How musicians went about sustaining their career also
depended on what kind of lifestyle they wanted.
''I'm really fortunate because I've been able to make a
Speaking of Moa and Smith, she said it had been a ''great
experience'' working with two likeminded people.
''We're really different, but we're similar in what we want
to put across.''
The AnikaBoh& Hollie collaboration was a ''for now'' and
she would ''see what happens'', Runga said, as all three had
busy schedules and their own plans for the coming year -
which would likely include ''taking a little break'' after
For now, there are 14 shows left, the tour coming to Waitiri
Creek in Gibbston on Tuesday, February 19.
''I love Queenstown - it's a great place,'' Runga said.
Runga also doubles as a jewellery designer and, as the last
concert in the tour is on March 3, she needed to design part
of her new range while on the road, Runga said.
If singing and jewellery had not become her career, she would
like to have been a biologist, Runga said.
Although her sister, Bic Runga, has also achieved success as
a New Zealand musician, Boh said that there was not an ounce
''We're pretty used to each other'', she said, and ''too
busy'' to be rivals.
The seventh annual Classic Hits Winery Tour will play at
Waitiri Creek on February 19, tickets priced at $75 or $85 at
One child under the age of 12 is given free admittance with
each adult ticket holder.
Full information is available at www.winerytour.co.nz