Kiwi music legend Mike Chunn congratulated Lorde on her high-scale achievement after her album Melodrama nabbed the top spot in the US Billboard Top 200, a feat never achieved by a New Zealand artist before.
"It's a triumph of the highest order," Chunn said.
Chunn, who previously played in Spilt Enz and Citzen Band and is the head of Play It Strange, an organisation which promotes songwriting in schools, first saw Lorde perform when she was only 12.
"She is the complete master. She's not surrounded by publicists and stylists and managers."
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.