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Graeme Gash

Graeme Gash has been a key figure in New Zealand music since the 1970s, playing originally with Michael and Geoff Chunn and then with West Auckland band Waves, alongside the emerging Split Enz and members of the future Hello Sailor. He was involved in record production and producing cover art for various New Zealand bands of the time. In the early 1980s, he also became involved with Limbs Dance Company – doing design, composing music and serving for a year as Limbs’ Musical Director.
Film has been another area he has exercised his talent in - composing the soundtrack for Christine Parker’s short film One Man’s Meat, doing visual layouts for her film Hinekaro and being involved in film animation with Joe Wylie of Magic Films, where he worked on the original concepts for The Night-watchman. He has been the designer, illustrator and humorist for wine company Glengarry’s internationally noted Underground Wineletter since 1989 and has illustrated a number of children’s books, including the award-winning Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer written by Wellington author Lloyd Jones. This book won the Honour Award at the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the Best Use of Illustration in the Spectrum Print Book Awards, 2004. It was also winner of the LIANZA 2004 Russell Clark Award for Illustration. Born and bred in West Auckland’s Oratia, he continues to reside in the area.
Selected bibliography:


  • Russell Clark Award 2004 for Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer.
  • Spectrum Print Design Awards - Best Use of Illustration 2004 Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer.
  • Waitakere Arts Laureate 2006.
  • Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer text by Lloyd Jones (Mallinson Rendel) 2003


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