Editor’s Note: Mothers and music

May is a memorable month for several celebrations, not least of which is Mother’s Day on Sunday 12 May.

Most of us have a maternal figure or two in our lives, and on this day often also fondly remember those who have passed. Mother doesn’t just mean the woman who gave birth to you; it relates to women who nurture, those who are pregnant, and to iconic females that many relate to.

Metropol Editor, Lynda Papesch

People such as former TVNZ broadcaster Judy Bailey and her fellow ‘mother of the nation’, the late kaumātua Dame Whina Cooper, both of whom are recognised for the huge, positive influence they’ve had, albeit in different spheres.

Many mothers fly more under the radar, and their achievements are not always newsworthy, yet the role they play is no less significant to those who benefit from their caring. This Mother’s Day take the time to say thank you, to give the maternal figures in your life a big hug, and to show them they are valued.

May is also NZ Music Month, a time to celebrate those who create and play Kiwi tunes. Firmly entrenched as part of our cultural landscape,  May has evolved from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31-day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country.

Whatever your taste in music, there will be plenty to listen, dance, and relax to, so tune in. Better yet, take mum out to hear her favourite group play live, or pop a CD, vinyl record, or digital streaming link into her Mother’s Day card.

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