Elsewhere: Another dose of herbal treatment – Herbs Band

•26 September, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Friday, January 11, 2002


The Herbs Band *Hugh Lynn Private Collection*

The Herbs Band *Hugh Lynn Private Collection*

When Herbs emerged at the start of the 1980s they were a very different band from the avuncular, mainstream entertainers they became.

The original five-piece was managed by the former president of the radical Polynesian Panthers, and the cover of their landmark EP Whats’ Be Happen, released in July ’81 during the Springbok tour, was an aerial photo of police evicting protesters occupying Bastion Point in ’78.

That alone was a significant statement, and the six tracks within were a watershed in Kiwi music.

The lyrics spoke with a righteous anger we seldom hear from our musicians. Toni Fonoti, who wrote most of the material, possessed an authoritative voice and the songs referred to the Continue reading ‘Elsewhere: Another dose of herbal treatment – Herbs Band’

From Fun To Big Business

•24 September, 2008 • Leave a Comment

STRATFORD PRESS, January 19, 1967


Stratford businessmen have the opportunity early in February to meet New Zealand’s “Mister Controversial.”

His name is Hugh Lynn. Although without doubt Auckland’s most controversial business promoter, he is also, a serious’ businessman controlling a wide field of varied and vertically integrated companies. The special two day visit to Stratford is keyed with a secret promotion scheduled for February 2 and 3.

“We are keeping the promotion secret at this stage,” he said, when interviewed by our Auckland representative, at the request of the Stratford Businessmen who are joining in the fun to build an exciting atmosphere.

At his luxurious modern office suite in a huge, sprawling vintage home and surrounded by lawns and colorful gardens, Mr. Lynn explained how he developed what he calls his “fun companies” into big business.

Undefeated New Zealand Latin American Champion from 1961 until 1966, he gained first place while touring overseas at Continue reading ‘From Fun To Big Business’

Sashes For Success

•19 September, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Sashes for success

Hugh Lynn and Pamela Hotchin sixth - ranked Latin American dancers in the world 1964!

Two 21-year-old Aucklanders, Pamela Hotchin and Hugh Lynn-McAuley, wear the white sashes that proclaim them sixth – ranked Latin American dancers in the world!

They returned to Auckland yesterday from the world amateur ballroom championships in Sydney. The championships, held for the first time outside Europe, attracted dancers from England, West Germany, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and the U.S. as well as Australia and New Zealand.

“The dancers from well established ballroom countries were astonished to be beaten by New Zealanders,” said Pamela. “The West Germans didn’t even know where New Zealand was.”

She and Hugh danced in three elimination heats and then the final-all on the same night. “We were exhausted,” she said. “But it wasn’t, the dancing so much as the tension of waiting between heats.”

The two have been dancing together-first as Continue reading ‘Sashes For Success’

Mr Show Business takes stock

•11 July, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Tuesday November 28, 2000

Hugh Lynn has decided it is time to part with a lifetime's worth of show business souvenirs. Herald Picture / Brett Phibbs


Chameleon Kiwi music promoter Hugh Lynn is selling more than 40 years of concert memorabilia – but the stories stay with him.

Like the first time he met veteran underground rocker Lou Reed.

“We ran out of petrol outside a mental asylum in Dunedin,” Mr Lynn says. “Lou thought it was a sign from God.”

Or the keenly awaited first local concert by Joe Cocker, where he was so out of it he was singing with his back virtually to the audience.

“New Zealanders don’t like that sort of rubbish,” Mr Lynn says. “It was so disappointing. He didn’t get half the crowd the next time. That’s what Kiwi fans are like – they don’t forget.”

Or how about Neil Young singing a waiata at a Ngati Whatua marae while cradling two special needs children in his arms? Continue reading ‘Mr Show Business takes stock’