Mr Murray Cammick co-founded Rip It Up magazine in 1977, the only nationwide music magazine at the time. He edited the magazine from 1980 to 1998 and self-published it for 17 years. The magazine played an important role in the revitalisation of the New Zealand music industry. He also founded fashion magazine ‘Cha Cha’ and pop music magazine ‘Shake’. He started two record labels: Southside, which promoted young Māori and Polynesian performers, including Moana and the Moahunters and Upper Hutt Posse, and Wildside, which represented Shihad, one of New Zealand’s most successful rock bands. Mr Cammick studied photography at Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University and has photographed popular culture for the past 45 years. His photos are represented in Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
Mr Murray Cammick, of Auckland, ONZM for services to the music industry