The Dim-Post

April 30, 2013

More good news for New Zealand tourism

Filed under: music — danylmc @ 1:20 pm

We’ve been mentioned on the website Global Metal Apocalypse. They’ve been contacting various Culture Ministers around the world asking what their goverments do to promote heavy metal music. The official reply on behalf of Chris Finlayson:

There is no official government support for young people to learn instruments for use in metal music. The government does fund an initiative called Sistema Aotearoa, which enables primary-aged children from disadvantaged communities to learn classical music under the instruction of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. It is not inconceivable that these young players may one day end up accompanying power metal groups such as Nightwish as part of a full orchestra, or providing ominous strings and horns on a black metal record by the likes of Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir”.


  1. I can guess who wrote that …

    Comment by Russell Brown — April 30, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

  2. Let’s build a death metal convention centre!

    Comment by JBGood — April 30, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

  3. Former NBR writers can like metal too, I supoose.

    Comment by Will de Cleene — April 30, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

  4. You don’t need to guess, it is written on the website…

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — April 30, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

  5. Oh, so can I. That’s an excellent response from a member of the public service.

    Comment by George D — April 30, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

  6. I can’t read it on the website, at least not while I’m at work. For some unfathomable reason, is blocked.

    Comment by Mark Hadfield — April 30, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

  7. Metal music? More cow bell!

    Comment by bob — April 30, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

  8. It’s funny because he talks about metal.

    Comment by Hugh — April 30, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

  9. I’d almost vote for the Minister on the basis of that. Except, of course, he’s a Key man.

    Comment by Spitfire — May 1, 2013 @ 8:22 am

  10. The Sistema Aotearoa kids are supporting Titanium today at Auckland Central Library (to launch NZ Music Month), so I guess they’re already performing with a metal band

    Comment by Richard Betts — May 1, 2013 @ 9:05 am

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