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Gold Guitars Committee
Organising an event as successful as the New Zealand Gold
Guitar Awards, takes a significant amount of committment
and organisation, traits found in a group of volunteers who
form the Gold Guitars Committee.
The continual and resounding success of these awards, held at
Queens Birthday weekend in Gore, are a true testament to
their continued hard work.
Convenor Phil Geary says each of the members has an integral
part to play within the committee and it is this dedication
which underlines the success of this annual event.
This year, the Gold Guitar Awards celebrate 40 years of
success, no small feat considering its humble beginnings.
In 1973, the first awards drew just 38 contestants. Five years
ago this had increased to over 350. However, in the last five
years interest in the awards has doubled and this year there are
a record 761 entries.
The secret ingredient to any successful event are the people
who work tirelessly behind the scenes and Phil says the
committee members, many of them long-serving are certainly
the secret ingredient behind its continued success.
Talk to anyone involved and they will tell you that hours upon
hours of work are put into bringing this event together. The
tasks are as varied as the songs which will be sung over the
long weekend, from gaining sponsorship, sourcing judges and
liasing with previous years winners, right through to booking
the venues, and being prepared to host everyone from special
guests through to the backing bands.
Each member too has their part to play in not only bringing the
Gold Guitars together, but during the competition itself. This
dedicated team ensures a platform is created from which
considerable talent emerges.
Philip and his wife Jackie first attended
the Gold Guitar awards as spectators in
1981 and Philip has been attending in
various capacities ever since. He became
a committee member in 1994 and was
elected convenor in 1997. Philip joined
the Gore Country Music Club after
moving from Winton in 1984. He
enjoys the genre, but singing isn't his
forte, so he decided to volunteer both
his labour and administrative skills.
Philip likes seeing the contestants
return each year, improving their
abilities and enjoying the event.
As an integral part of the Gold Guitars
committee for over 10 years, Shona, her
mother, husband, children and grand-
children are all heavily involved with the
Gore Country Music Club and the NZ
Gold Guitar Awards.
The media liason person for the
committee, Shona organises press
releases throughout the year and
manages the various media covering the
week of the awards. She also keeps tabs
on the NZGG facebook page, updating
fans with news about the awards and
Shona comperes at the Junior/
Intermediate venue at the awards and
supervises contestants backstage at the
finals. She enjoys catching up with both new
and old contestants from all over the country.
From supporting her daughter and
husband as entrants of the Gold Guitars
for a number of years, Jeanette decided to
become more involved with the awards.
She has now been part of the committee
for over 10 years. Jeanette mainly works
with the junior and intermediate
contestants and says it has been a
privilege to watch these young people
develop their musical talents. She enjoys
the atmosphere of the weekend,
meeting new people and catching up
With an extensive background in
country music, Natasha loves the
opportunity that being part of the Gold
Guitars committee presents. She works
at the Stadium and Calvin Hall, stage
managing and compering over the
weekend and loves seeing the range of
different performances from contest-
ants of all ages.
A member of the Gore Country Music
Club since she was 9, Natasha was
crowned Gold Guitar Queen in 2002
and attended the 2003 Tamworth
Country Music Festival as Gore's
Awards Ambassador. This led to
more involvement with the NZGG Awards
in various roles backstage. On returning
from the UK in 2010, Natasha was keen to
get involved in the Gore community and
the awards, so she joined the committee - a
role she thoroughly enjoys.
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