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December 3, 2019 / RBA Journal

“..more hats than Tex Morton”

Arthur Baysting passed away on 3 December 2019. Writing in Audio Culture, Chris Bourke covers a truly unique creative life: In his long career in New Zealand music, entertainment and other cultural pursuits, Arthur Baysting has worn more hats than his childhood hero Tex Morton. The most famous is the white fedora of his 1970s […]

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November 20, 2019 / RBA Journal

Congratulations to all

The Huawei Mate30 Pro New Zealand TV Awards will be presented tomorrow night. We’d like to send our congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners; and we’ll be taking a special interest in Joel Tobecks’ Best Actor nomination for Alibi, a performance that’s already won him a NZ Webfest award.

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November 19, 2019 / RBA Journal

“She paved the way”

Temuera Morrison has paid tribute to his friend and frequent collaborator Nancy Brunning the day after her death, saying she “paved the way” for Māori actors in New Zealand. Morrison, as Dr Hone Ropata, and Brunning, as nurse Jaki Manu, were the two main Māori actors in Shortland Street when the soap launched in 1992. “We were like […]

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November 7, 2019 / RBA Journal

A gruesome end for Cliff?

Dr Sleep, the much discussed sequel to The Shining is opening around the world. Our own Cliff Curtis makes an appearance too. You’ll have to see the movie to find out his fate.. Check out the trailer here

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October 10, 2019 / RBA Journal

Kiwi milestone

Our first homegrown computer-animated feature is kicking off with some well known voices, including RBA artist Temuera Morrison. Congratulations to all concerned in a true labour of love.

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September 25, 2019 / RBA Journal

Cliff who?

Part of the secret of Cliff Curtis‘ success has been his versatility. The campaign that launched this week for Vodafone’s second-generation streaming device has shamelessly and entertainingly exploited this, in a TVC that reunited Cliff with Lee Tamahori, who of course is also one of our greatest commercials directors. It would be fair to say […]

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Kiwi noir…

The Gulf has made quite an impact. Described by Duncan Greive in The Spinoff as “a genuinely world-class crime drama” it has built an approving audience on both free to air and streaming platforms. We are proud to see RBA artists Elena Stejko and Phillip C Gordon as members of the outstanding cast. Pretty much […]

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September 18, 2019 / RBA Journal


We sort of knew, but now it’s official. Amazon Studios have announced New Zealand as the base for production of its series based on the J R R Tolkien fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings. In the press release they said: “As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life […]

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