Te Awamutu’s Sacred Sound

In the opening lines of Crowded House’s first single ‘Mean to Me', Neil Finn single-handedly raised his sleepy home town, Te Awamutu, to international attention. It wasn’t the first time it had provided inspiration – Split Enz songs Haul Away' and 'Kia Kaha', with big bro Tim, include similar references.

Despite New Zealand’s brilliant songwriting brothers being far from the height of their fame, Finn devotees continue to make the pilgrimage to Te Awamutu. Ask at the i-SITE about Finn postcards and the interesting scrapbook focused on the brothers’ achievements. For Finn completists, there’s more to see at the Te Awamutu Museum by request.