Story: Kiwis overseas

'Split Enz with a bang' tour, 1984

Until recently, the New Zealand music-buying public would not buy Kiwi music until it had proved popular with overseas audiences. New Zealand’s small population means that many bands still take the flight overseas, chasing dreams of rock stardom. Like many other Kiwi bands, Split Enz, which formed in 1972, went overseas. From 1975 they were based in Australia, where they enjoyed huge success. It wasn’t long before they were claimed by the Australians as one of their own. Listen to band member Eddie Rayner speak of the group’s early days spent in England.

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Carl Walrond, 'Kiwis overseas - Small country syndrome', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 17 Sep 2014