Nunns to make memorable trip to Matamata
Dr Richard Nunns has been described as one of New Zealand’s most remarkable musicians and he will be returning to his hometown of Matamata on Monday, May 13.
A Pakeha who was born and raised in Matamata and now resides in Nelson, Richard has become the living authority on Taonga Puoro (Maori traditional instruments).
Richard has developed an amazing international profile, both with the diversity of his recorded work, and by performing with a wide variety of people in many differing settings and circumstances.
He works across a wide range of musical genres and is continually in demand for recording.
He is featured on a vast number of CDs.
Richard was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Victoria University (2008); the QSM for services to Taonga Puoro (2009); an Arts Laureate (2009), was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with Hirini Melbourne (2009), received a Citation by the Lilburn Trust, for outstanding services to music ( 2007), a Citation for Services to New Zealand Music by the Composers Association of New Zealand ( 2001) and Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed won Best Maori album (2008).
His most recent award was from the National Waiata Maori Music Awards in September 2012 when he and the late Dr Hirini Melbourne were named as joint recipients of the Lifetime Contribution to Maori Music Award.
Back in Matamata: Dr Richard Nunns will be back in his hometown on May 13.