Hugh Lynn Profile – Audio Culture

•18 September, 2014 • 1 Comment



Murray Cammick 22 Aug 2014

Hugh Lynn was the master of the outdoor concert. In 1983 he promoted a David Bowie concert at Western Springs that drew a record-setting crowd of 82,500. During that same decade he also guided the career of Herbs and released their Pacific reggae recordings on his Warrior label.

This boom and bust of the 1980s decade would define the man, but Hugh Lynn’s entertainment empire, which included dance studios, nightclubs, a security company, concert promotion and a recording studio, had its roots in the 1960s.

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NZ Retro – The Year 1983 – RadioNZ Programme

•24 July, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally aired on Afternoons, Monday 30 June 2014

Simon Mercep takes us back to 1983.

David Bowie’s Serious Moonlight Tour shows drew huge crowds. Tour promoter Hugh Lynn relates some of his memories from that time.

HERBS Albums Released Digitally For The First Time

•9 July, 2013 • Leave a Comment

With Herbs’ induction into the APRA New Zealand Music Hall of Fame this week, five albums from the back catalogue are now available digitally for the first time.

The YouTube link above is a quick short preview clip of Herbs’ induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of fame. Accompanied with another important 30 minute program of the official induction of Herbs into the Hall of Fame. (Herbs starts 05:56)

HOMEGROWN; LIGHT OF THE PACIFIC; LONG AGO; SENSITIVE TO A SMILE; and WHAT’S BE HAPPEN? are now available from all digital retailers.

Three of these releases – WHAT’S BE HAPPEN?; LONG AGO; and LIGHT OF THE PACIFIC have been digitally re-mastered from the original master tapes.

Over 30 years, eight albums and 27 members, Herbs are arguably the founding fathers of Pacific reggae in New Zealand. Throughout the bands career, Herbs have kept their musical message clear in expressing gentle but effective protest.

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is honoured to announce Herbs are the first inductees to be added to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame for 2012.

Herbs broke down a great many doors when they came onto the scene in the early 1980s. They fused Pacific and Reggae sounds into something unique and relevant to this part of the world; they gave a voice to an emerging, politically-aware audience that had grown up with the Springbok Tour, Bastion Point and Mururoa, and they gave a generation of young Maori and Pasifika musicians and songwriters a new path to follow. Suddenly, the spotlight had moved, and original New Zealand music could be as culturally diverse as the people who make up this country.  That spotlight hasn’t shifted back; it’s continued to expand to this day, and the vibrant, multi-cultural music scene that we now enjoy owes much of its existence to this one band.” Don McGlashan, APRA New Zealand Writer Director.

Herbs members being inducted are: Dilworth Karaka, Toni Fonoti, Phil Toms, Spencer Fusimalohi, John Berkley, Fred Faleauto and Charles Tumahai (deceased), Maurice Watene, Tama Lundon, Jack Allen, Carl Perkins, Willie Hona, Thom Nepia, Tama Renata, Gordon Joll, Grant Pukeroa, Kristen Hapi.

Herbs will be honoured and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Auckland Town Hall on Thursday 13th September 2012.

Da Katipa Photographs

•19 April, 2013 • 1 Comment

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•5 April, 2013 • 1 Comment

Hugh Lynn a half-Maori, half-Scot from New Zealand who runs The Whakapuare organization.

Whakapuare started 1969 an indigenous actives group. (Whakapuare means OPENING THE DOOR) Since then over 100 projects in New Zealand, through out The Pacific islands and Australia have been started.

Hugh has now taken Whakapuare to Zimbabwe and Indonesia. (as a result of the first Vittachi conference, which Hugh attended, and through which several young people have come into Subud).

Here he writes about his 3rd visit to Africa in 2003 with his Indonesian-born wife, Murianti…

We are now back in Harare. We have been away on the road visiting these cities: Gweru, Bulawayo, Mutare and Mudzi.

At the last place we stayed for one week to activate our Vhombozi School Project. Which is called “Water for Vhombozi” plus the “fund-raising committee project”. We deposited Zimb$1 million for the water project and Zimb$500.000 for the fund raising committee/project.

Hugh Lynn and Murianti in Zimbabwe

Our last week was spent in the rural area of Mudzi which is 4 hours drive from Harare, population 135 thousand in the villages that surround the area. No European or foreigners anywhere. In fact, you cannot get into these areas without special permission from the people who run the area.

This is where a lot of the fighting took place. This was one of the birth places of struggle for independence. It is steeped in history – war history. Fighting, death, pain, then finally independence.

They just don’t like strangers coming in to the area. Murianti and I did the latihan each morning. I think that helps a lot. I think that God is looking after us both. Thank Goodness. I don’t think we could have done it on our own.

Vhombozi School is some 26 km from Mudzi town which takes us one hour driving on what would have been a dirt road once. Very few motorized vehicles travel this road. You either walk or go by ox-drawn wagon.

No electricity, water if you can get it. Most people have to carry it on theirs heads. Woman do this work.

Our first night in Mudzi we were interviewed by the head people of the area (war veterans). We passed our test. They asked a lot of questions. Why were we here? Who were we? After we were accepted – you cannot get into the area unless you are – doors started to open.

We secured transport after much negotiation then petrol then a driver. This took 6 hours. We needed them to operate for the week to get backward and forward to the school.

Over the week we built-up strong relationship with the people of the area. We presented one workshop on Africa Speaks in Mudzi and visited two separate schools with a presentation to an assembly of all the people.

Ancient Dance, Ancient Culture

We went to visit the Vhombozi School each day, and that itself is exhausting enough. At one meeting with the parents some 400 attended from around the villages to hear our plans and then to approve them. Finally on the last day, Saturday, there was a Continue reading ‘WATER FOR VHOMBOZI’

Hugh Lynn – Rare 1987 footage

•28 November, 2011 • 2 Comments

Fabled NZ promoter Hugh Lynn is seen here in this rare one-minute clip, battling with the record company over Herbs wishing to launch their 1987 album in Ruatoria. A storied and entrepreneurial character. Hugh owned Mascot Studios, Eden Security and was a highy successful Auckland concert promoter. He disappeared from the scene over 20 years ago….

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Bina Cita Utama School

•7 March, 2011 • 1 Comment

Why am I in Indonesia

•6 December, 2010 • 5 Comments

Why I am in Indonesia

Why am I in Indonesia and living in the jungle of Kalimantan or Borneo as I have always known it?


Well, it is a long story…

It started in 1995, my first trip to Indonesia.

I was on my way back to New Zealand after some time up in Norway – Amsterdam –  Kuala Lumpur to hang out with Julian Dobbie, who was working for a New Zealand property developer, in Singapore, finally I landed in Jakarta.

Julian Dobbie & Hugh Lynn

Julian Dobbie & Hugh Lynn

I wasn’t ready for Indonesia, the heat, so many people, and the traffic.
They’re all mad, were my first thoughts. So many people squashed together, coming at you down the road, on both sides, on the foot-path, and the language? Continue reading ‘Why am I in Indonesia’

Musical Chairs – Hugh Lynn

•22 May, 2010 • 2 Comments

Title: “Musical Chairs; Hugh Lynn”

by Sam Coley

Commissioned By: Radio New Zealand

First Broadcast: March 2009

7:30 pm

Musical Chairs – Hugh Lynn

Hugh Lynn was New Zealand’s most successful rock promoter of the 1980s. The legendary concert promoter opened New Zealand’s first punk nightclub, managed Herbs, and worked with the superstars of the day, including David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Pink Floyd and R.E.M.

His outdoor concerts broke attendance records and in 1988 he was recognised by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand with an award for his outstanding contribution to local music.

Musical Chairs takes a trip down Lynn’s memory lane, covering his career, his friendship with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.

How did this all happen ?

•19 November, 2009 • 5 Comments

Second story, pt. 1

Hugh Lynn, 6th October 6, 2009, Rungan Sari

How did this all happen ?

In the beginning, when I first started doing shows, I kept a sample of all the imagery that were used for each show; poster, handouts, and t-shirts. Because at the end of each show we would evaluate the effectiveness of what we had done. This included, the way in which we had transmitted our messages to the public that the show was coming.

  • How effective was the design of this poster?
  • Were the colors right?
  • Was it easy to read from a distance?
  • Did the design stand out?
  • Was the information easy to pick up?

So we kept our stuff, to talk about. Now, sometimes there were only a few samples of each item and other times there was a bit more. So that’s how it started.

502 Dominion Rd. Auckland

502 Dominion Rd. Auckland

The items then were stored away under the house in Dominion road after each show. And after a while, a number of years in fact, and about 160 international acts later there was a large amount of memorabilia under the house, with lots of other stuff, for instance, dancing costumes, shoes, chairs from night clubs, and a number of different items collected over those years.

Now at this point, I must pay tribute to a man called Alby Carr. Now Alby had worked for Continue reading ‘How did this all happen ?’