New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singers
Barbershop quartet singing has been around in New Zealand for many years although little is recorded of actual performances or personnel. Mostly they were one-off events or performing quartets with little contact with each other.
In 1979 the Merry Macs, a visiting male quartet from Hawaii, sang to an entranced audience in Auckland. This led to the formation, by Ken Redwood, of a singing group which became known as the MoTAT Chorus recognising that the singers met at the Museum of Transport and Technology. Now called The City of Sails Chorus it has won the gold medal for a lot of the years since the inception of the NZABS chorus competition in 1992.
The New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singers was established in the early eighties but did not function as an association until the Harbour Capital Chorus was formed in Wellington in February 1988 followed by the Canterbury Plainsmen, based in Christchurch, in 1989.
During this period the number of quartets continued to grow and in 1989 the inaugural NZABS Convention was held in Wellington for quartet competitions only.
Other chapters have been established in Hamilton, Tauranga, Timaru, Napier, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill. Groups in Rotorua, Levin, Whangarei and another chorus in Wellington are currently not in operation. Auckland has it's second Chapter "Pride of Auckland" and a new chapter "Western Peak Harmony" is now in New Plymouth.
Barbershop visitors to New Zealand are assured of a warm and familiar welcome. The New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singers is doing its best to "keep the whole world singing".
- Musical Island Boys - 2006
- Christchurch, NZ - Canterbury Plainsmen
- Wellington, NZ - Harbour Capital Chorus
- Wellington, NZ - Vocal FX
Quartet competition began in 1989, at the first NZABS Convention. Chorus competitions began in 1992.