Mr Doug Hood, of Auckland, ONZM for services to the music industry
Doug Hood is regarded as a father figure in New Zealand’s alternative music community, helping invent the Dunedin Sound. He became the sound engineer and manager of The Enemy/Toy Love in the late 1970s and helped record several bands with Chris Knox. He helped build the brand of Flying Nun Records. He supported bands to tour and produce albums, including The Clean, Chills, Bats, Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, Headless Chickens, The Able Tasmans, Netherworld Dancing Toys, and Dance Exponents. As a concert promoter, he ran Looney Tours, which helped promote successful multi-band treks across the country. He then toured international artists to New Zealand, including REM, Billy Bragg, New Order, the Violent Femmes, and U2. Mr Hood was involved in founding the Big Day Out music festival.