The winner of this year's Taite Music Prize has been announced tonight at a ceremony in Auckland - Street Chant's album Hauora.
The cover of Street Chant's 'Hauora'
Judging panel member Henry Oliver, who reviewed the album for North and South, described the album after its win.
"Hauora is a portrait of the lives of a certain breed of the twenty-something, creative middle/under-class; over-read and under-employed, drinking too much and earning too little, busing from an existential crisis to a house party, walking from breakup to hangover."
The winner of the Taite prize receives $10,000, recording time at Red Bull Studios Auckland and a year's supply of both Red Bull and Corona beer.
Also presented at the ceremony were the Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award for The Clean's Boddle Boodle Boodle and the newly-created Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award was presented to Merk for Swordfish.
Previous winners of the Taite Music Prize include Lawrence Arabia, Ladi6, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, SJD, Lorde, Jakob and Silicon.