2018/19 Update

April 18th, 2019


Time has cleary rolled by and I think being a blogger is not exacly my speciality haha. So I’ve created a link to my twitter feed and facebook page as these platforms are more current and posted in real time as to what I’m up to, so this will be my last blog. Feel free to follow me.


2018 was a another full year and already rapidly find myself well invovled in 2019…here are some of the things I’ve been up to..

  • Prime Music Academy Concerts – Wellington & Whitianga
  • Wellington Talent Show Judging
  • Shows at the amazing Lost Springs Resort
  • Guest star performances with the Mercury Bay Big Band
  • Mercury Bay Summer Carnival Performance
  • Several Community Christmas Performances
  • Whiti Gospel Choir events
  • Guest speaker for Music Conferences


I’m Currently involved in helping Te Rerenga School put on their first musical. Its called The X Factory and has a fantastic storyline based around the general X Factor themed TV Show. The kids are so excited and rehearsing hard. The production will be on for two shows, Sunday 30th June at 3pm and the other on Monday 1st July, a matinae show put on for all the local schools.


Some of you may be wondering whats happened to the singles I’ve been working on, well most of it is done just waiting on the final touches so watch this space…



Catch you all later

Mercury Bay Summer Carnival


Up and coming artist


Wellington NZ, Performance


Whiti Gospel Choir


Lost Springs Resort Show


Singer, songwriter, pianist … a beautiful artist to listen to!


What A Year!

September 28th, 2017

Why has it been sooooo long??? Well surprisingly there was very little time allowed between laundry, yard duty and lock down, not to mention the internet is not at its best behind high walls…. lol, I joke…as it has been a long time since I’ve put pen to paper, but honestly though, it’s been one amazing year and it’s about time I caught you all up, so apologies for being away for so long!!

Since I last wrote, I’ve been involved in some fantastic charity events with our local Whiti Gospel Choir which I put together for the Mercury Bay Music Festival last year. Since the festival, it has really taken off and we have had many opportunities to perform throughout the Bay.

Also, one of the highlights last year was performing in Palmerston North at the Kirihimete Ki Takaro 2016 event in December. Hosted by the Legacy Centre, it was a free event for the community with one of the largest hangi (an indigenous traditional meal cooked in the ground) given out I’ve ever seen. I think approximately 1000 plates were served up… amazing! Hosted by Sio Vaelua & MC Nat Lover, the crowds were entertained by talent such as Pacifica Pride, Josiah Nolan, Lockdown 06, DJ Dirty Hairy, MC Nat Lover, Tyra Barker and Tama, with special guests Strike Percussion and the Unified Gospel Choir, which I had the privilege of performing alongside.

Kirihimete Ki Takaro 2016 – Palmerston North

My crew and I, (the amazing Helen Rhind & Bryan Mwaka) then headed down to Wellington for my Prime Music Academy’s end of year concert. We managed to pull off an awesome event even though quite a few of the staff (including myself) and some of the students suddenly came down with a very fast acting stomach bug right on the night… haha…. we laugh now, but at the time it was… “the show must go on”, in between copious visits to the bathroom, lying on the floor backstage and downing ginger beer as fast as we could to help settle everything. We survived and still managed to pull it all off thankfully :0)

Prime Music Academy End of Year Concert – My amazing teachers

The start of summer in January this year, saw me and “my crew” performing some of my own material at the Mercury Bay Summer Festival. I also got to showcase a couple of new songs I’ve been working on which was exciting to do for the first time. Since then I have been working with my Producer Ron Thaler in getting these songs recorded and ready for release…. So, watch this space… a couple of singles coming your way real soon!

Me and my “crew” performing at the Mercury Summer Festival

Great turnout at Whiti Summer Festival

We had another awesome Mercury Music Festival on Queens Birthday Weekend where I performed at the Whitianga Hotel with the incredible Louie Shelton Band backing me. Anita Prime Performance That weekend was topped off with the best production to date (maybe slightly bias there haha), performed by the Whiti Gospel Choir. Two Tongan youth groups also joined us in showcasing great History Makers to song, dance and audio-visual effects. Despite a town wide power cut just 3 minutes prior to the show kicking off, it was an incredible performance. This was mainly thanks to Whitianga Hire across the road, who just happened to be on site (given it was a Sunday afternoon), and offered us a generator for free. We also happened to have 4 electricians ready to watch the show chip in and they got it all set up in no time. Such generosity and community spirit!!! In conjunction with promoting the festival, the Whiti Gospel Choir and myself also got to perform for TV1’s Live Breakfast show, which was a first for most of them to be on television.

Whiti Gospel Choir – Mercury Music Festival Queens Birthday Weekend

Performing with the Whiti Gospel Choir – Mercury Music Festival

Early start for the Whiti Gospel Choir (TV1 Good Morning Breakfast show)

The film crew – TV1 Good Morning Breakfast show

Performing in the Bay over the time I’ve been living here has brought about some fantastic opportunities to work with local musicians/artists also. Recently I’ve found myself teeing up with the Mercury Bay Big Band run by Helen Lee and several performances have ensued…. Recently we performed together at a charity event fundraiser that ran over two nights. They are such delight to work with and how blessed am I because I actually get to have so much fun while I work!!! (especially with that crazy drummer girl… who is she again?) Haha…

Performing with the Mercury Bay Big Band

We’re nearly there folks…. I will endeavour not to ever leave it this long between blog entries again lol, (if for no other reason than I need to look after my PA’s smoking hot fingers… she’s missing her dictation app right about now…haha).

Ok so let’s wrap this up…. What’s coming up you ask? Apart from a few smaller shows, end of year performances and the usual Christmas events over the next couple of months, summer is just around the corner YAY!!!, and I’m looking forward to performing next at the Mercury Bay Summer Festival in Whitianga, January 08 2018. I’ll be singing my new singles so it will be awesome to see my fans there. In the meantime, take care and we will chat again soon.

Lots of Love to you all,

Anita x

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

July 21st, 2016

Well winter has truly set in now over the last few weeks and living on the coast of our beautiful country has meant we have experienced some pretty diverse types of weather. But like most people we wrap up warmly and enjoy what nature gives us.

My last month or so has been spent travelling to Wellington for business and a trip to Auckland for band rehearsals for the mid winter “Mercury Bay Music Festival”.

The festival itself was a great success running over two days and into the night. I performed four shows at the festival and cannot say enough about the artists I performed with. It was an amazing group of people that put on a fabulous show and I’m sure everyone that attended went away very happy.

I’m looking forward to catching up with my New York based producer Ron Thaler when he comes over next month. It’s been awhile since we saw each other in person so it will be great to see him and maybe do some planning for that next album of mine.

So it has been a relatively quite and relaxing winter to date, but with summer concerts and more trips to Wellington and Auckland I am looking forward to a busy couple of months.

Until the next dear diary take care stay warm (NZ cuzzies) and share some love, the world needs lots of it right now… in view of the recent events of wars, injustices and racism, I put together an a cappella version of “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.” I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjU3VSzQL3g&feature=youtu.be

God Bless,

Anita x

Lest We Forget

May 21st, 2016

Well after a bit of a hiatus I figured it was about time that I reconnected with all my website friends out there. So a big kiwi “Kia Ora” to you all from me.

The last couple of months have been exciting, busy and challenging, never a dull day! From festivals to private and public shows all around the North Island.

Living in this beautiful part of NZ has meant that I also now have a regular travel schedule to Wellington for business and to catch up with friends and family.

My last visit to Wellington coincided with our ANZAC day celebrations and I was asked to perform at a dawn service in my old home town of Upper Hutt. I enlisted the services of my Prime Music Academy “Pitch Perfect” group and we hit the stage at 6am to perform the NZ and Australian National Anthem’s. We also performed a couple of other numbers for the 3000 plus crowd that braved the chilly morning to pay their respects to our fallen servicemen. This is always a very emotional morning and one that I am always proud to be a part of.

One of the more relaxing things in my visits is catching up with my friend and Manager Mr G, we always seem to find exciting and new places to eat and socialise which makes for some very interesting dining experiences. This time it was off to breakfast and the best pancake’s I have had since my time in New York.

Upcoming event’s for the winter month’s start with the Mercury Music Festival on the 3rd to the 5th of June. I will be performing with some incredible artists and it promises to be an event not to be missed. The festival is all about bringing a world of talent back to the bay and it includes artists from a mix of genres.

Well that’s about it for now, for those of you like us in NZ that are heading into winter months stay warm and safe and those of you that are basking in the summer sun well we will try not to be envious.

Love to you all,

Anita xx

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

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Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

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Photo Credit: Proshoot Photography

New Year New Challenges

January 7th, 2016

As we now have welcomed in 2016 I have had an opportunity to look back on what was a challenging exciting and a full year in 2015. There were so many highlights for me both business wise and personally.

My top moments for performance’s have to be the singing of the national anthem at our ANZAC day service back in April and then being asked to perform on Sky Sports for the NBL Basketball final’s. That was an outstanding night in the year and possibly the only time in, my life I will get to have a Gorilla as a dance partner while I sing on television.

I have also performed numerous times in my home town of Palmerston North which has been a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

So the more I look back on 2015 I do so with a smile of contentment as I know that I have enjoyed every opportunity to perform and entertain and I have taken my love of music and performing to a lot of people and we have shared some amazing moments.

On a personal note 2016 has heralded a new start for my family and I. After 9 years of working and living in Upper Hutt I have decided to relocate north to the beautiful Whitianga, this is a place that I love dearly and it gives me an opportunity to be closer to my parents who moved here last year.  It will also give me the chance to write new material and to perform to new audience’s.

So this year is one of change and challenge and one that I cannot wait to get stuck into. Already my calendar is filling up with exciting opportunities. My manager and I have set some new goals for me to work towards and that includes new material for my next album as well as performing in some new territories that we are currently exploring.

I look forward to sharing with all of my friends my new ventures, challenges and triumphs as the year progresses. So now I would like to wish every one of you my sincere blessing and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2016 for you and you families. Be safe in everything you do and take peace from the love that we share. God bless 🙂

Yours always,


Summer Sun

November 16th, 2015

While most of New Zealand has been enthralled in the goings on in the UK with the Rugby World Cup, I have been busy burrowing away working and writing. My manager has kept me up to date with how our national team the All Blacks are doing and he is still celebrating the win!

I have had an interesting few months one the highlights was  I sang the National anthem at the NBL Basketball finals and also did the half time entertainment and got to dance with a Gorilla. I know sounds weird but it was a lot a fun.

Now that summer is upon us it is time for weddings and summer festivals and lots of fun times. I have a full calendar leading up to Christmas and then its holiday time and time to hit the beach and get a tan.

I have also spent several weekends back in my home town performing and catching up with friends and family.

As we move into the last months of the year I am now focusing on what I want to achieve in 2016.One of my goals for the new year is to record  my second album, I have begun writing some new material and am excited at the prospect of recording some new material again.

There are some exciting things happening in my life which I will elaborate on in the near future. But in the mean time I will be continuing to sing and teach and enjoy life to its fullest. So until next time keep safe and enjoy life!!

Lots of Love

Anita x



Time for Winter Woolies

July 9th, 2015

As we are now coming into the cold part of our year it is time to break out the woolies and keep warm in front of the fire. So what have I been up to apart from trying to stay out of the cold.

In June I was the headline act for a charity concert  which was to raise money for the Comerford  family in Christchurch that have been hit by a double tragedy, the show highlighted some local and national talent and it was awesome to be part of this event and use our talents as artists to help those in need. The money we raised has gone to the family to help them with their every day needs, everyone involved gave their time freely and a great time was had by all. We closed with a rather emotional farewell and the satisfaction of knowing that we had done our bit to help someone in their time of need.

Always wonderful singing in Palmerston North at the Legacy Centre.  I was back there again this month with a wonderful turn out.  Hoping to be back again soon for another show!

Sport has been playing a big part in our capital city recently and I was invited to perform the National anthem and half time entertainment for the NBL Basketball finals. This was a great honour and it was a very exciting night. After some debate with my manager Mr G, I settled on the songs that I would perform at half time, little did I know that I would be joined by the Wellington Saints mascot a dancing Gorilla. Photos can be found on my facebook page along with a few below, so the evening was a lot of fun with sport music and a great audience, I look forward too the next one .

So now as I turn up the heater another notch I am planning some family time. I’m off to spend some time with my mum and dad in the beautiful tranquil setting of Whitanga. Keep an eye out for some stunning photos on facebook over the next week or so.

Until the next time take care my friends . Stay safe and God bless!

Anita x

Lest We Forget

May 5th, 2015

Last week I had the distinct honour of performing the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand at the local RSA dawn service. Being asked to perform to ones best at 6.00am is a challenge but one that I relished from the moment I was asked.

What made this event even more poignant this year is the fact that it is a 100 year commemoration of our troops landing at Gallipoli and joining forces with our Australian counterparts to form what became to be known as the ANZACS.

I was honoured and humbled to be part of our national day of remembrance and do my part to help my community to remember and pay respect to those men and women that gave their lives for their country so long ago.

In other news, I recently took a young student of mine to Hutt City radio for my monthly spot on Wednesday afternoon. This young man has so much talent and it was awesome to hear him perform his original songs live on the radio and to hear the plaudits from seasoned radio jock Mike Dee. Taurean Mill has a big future in the music industry as a singer/songwriter.

There are so many great things coming up in the next couple of months but the one thing that is really standing out is a charity concert I have been asked to perform at. This is a concert to raise funds for a special little girl.  Mila Gardner is a gorgeous wee girl that has cerebral palsy and a bunch of local artists are getting together to help raise money for her so she can have surgery that will help to improve her life. Check out the info on my face book page https://www.facebook.com/anitaprimemusic . This is a cause that has touched my heart as I sure it will to all my followers. I am so happy to be able to do something to help this little girl.

Hope to see you guys there!

Lots of love to you, your families and friends. Stay safe x


Awesome Autumn

March 10th, 2015

The 1st of this month saw us in NZ celebrate the official end of our summer and welcome in the beauty of a south pacific autumn.  With the sun still shining long into the late afternoons and the temperatures at a level that we can all enjoy it makes for a happy life.

The last month has again been a busy one (wouldn’t expect much else) with lots of highlights shared with those dear to me i.e. family and friends.

Some of the highlights of the last few weeks include, my three weekly radio hour on Hutt City radio with the one and only Mr Mike Dee. This was an interesting hour as we discussed the pros and cons of strong management for budding and established artist’s. My friend and manager Mr G. was there and Mike was only too happy to get his views and opinions on how best to work with and help artists to get established. We also played some of my favourite songs from the Destiny album, so looking forward to being back on air next Wednesday at 2.00pm local time.

I was pleased to have been asked to perform at the Legacy Centre in my old home town of Palmerston North. It was so good to be surrounded by amazing people old and new friends and to perform to such a wonderful audience. The day was full of music laughter and love and it was a pleasure to have been a part of this wonderful day.  After the performance the Centre gave away nearly 400 hangi’s (a New Zealand Maori delacacy) for free to a very poor community … so amazing to see everybody line up… go Legacy Centre!!

Later in the day I drove a couple of hours to perform at a community Festival in the southern Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie. It is always a pleasure to be asked to perform at these events as it is a great opportunity to perform for people in a relaxed and happy atmosphere, the afternoon was filled with local talent including my friend Daniel Harding who is about to release his debut album. I was blown away by the reception I received to my performance and was only too happy to finish with an encore of my title song Destiny.

My thanks go to the organisers of the event and I look forward to being part of it again next year

So there you have a few of my standout moments for the last few weeks. I hope that all of you have had your fair share of life’s highlights over the last few weeks and no matter where you are in the world that you are blessed by friend’s, family and music from the heart.

Lots of love,

Anita xx

I Love Vacations!

February 3rd, 2015

Here we are in the second month of 2015. I hope that like me, you had an amazing time over the Christmas and New Year period.

I decided late last year that I was going to take a big break from everything and concentrate on one of the most important things in life and that’s family and relaxing and leaving the daily stress behind.

Having just purchased a new car I packed it up and headed north a week before Christmas, caught up with some old friends in my old home town then headed north to my parents new home in the beautiful Whitianga. This part of the country never ceases to amaze me with its tranquillity and outstanding beauty.

I spent two weeks there walking on the beach relaxing and reflecting on the very busy year that had just gone and what the next will bring.

So once we had celebrated the New Year I once again packed up the car and headed north again to visit another old friend in Kaeo. This was an amazing drive as the scenery is incredible. Once again catching up with friends and reminiscing about times gone by is a great way to relax. One interesting day after driving with my friend on 90 mile beach to get to Cape Reinga (the top of New Zealand) my friend’s truck broke down. Had to hitch hike back to town, had lots of laughs and fun on the way so it was all worth it!

Sadly though after 5 days it was time to head back south, so once again I loaded up the car and headed down to Palmerston North to perform at a music festival. This was great opportunity for me to perform with some dear friends and some very talented musicians and to connect with some wonderful people.

Once home I slowly started getting back into work, first up was a visit to the Hutt City radio with one of my students, great to catch up with Mike Dee and the team again. Then it was catch up with my friend and manager Mr G. who I hadn’t seen for 5 weeks and time to plan for an exciting 2015.

So all in all I have had a fantastic break and I am so looking forward to what this year will bring. I hope that all of you also had a relaxing and enjoyable break and that this year brings you all the happiness and success you wish and work for.

Take care and God Bless,

Anita xx