Wayne Mason

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Wayne Ashley Mason, MNZM, is a New Zealand musician born in New Plymouth in 1949. He was a founding member of 1960s pop group The Fourmyula and later formed Rockinghorse and The Warratahs before embarking on a solo career in 1994.

Mason wrote a series of hit singles with Ali Richardson for The Fourmyula; his best known song is "Nature",[1] which in 2001 was voted No.1 in a list of the Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time. The song, which Mason re-recorded on his 2001 album Same Boy, has also been covered by The Mutton Birds and Margaret Urlich.

Mason was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for his contribution to the music industry in New Zealand in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours.[2]

Mason still tours on a regular basis throughout New Zealand with bands like Too Many Chiefs, the X-Ray Catz and The Gospel Blues Show as well as performing solo or as a duo with Clinton Brown accompanying. He has played a strong part in encouraging new talent with both his sons playing in up and coming Kiwi bands. Mason also played a large part in the success of fellow Kapiti Coast residents Monkey Puzzle who he allowed to use his basement as a practice space as well as giving them invaluable advice during this time.

Mason is currently working with his new group 'Little Big Band', which could be described loosely as a melting pot of American roots music. The band features long time collaborator Richard Te One on drums and the fresh faces of Steve Moodie and Chris Armour on bass and guitar respectively. The band hope to be gigging by late 2014 and recording a debut release in 2015.[citation needed]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Between Frames (1995)
  • Same Boy (2001)
  • Sense Got Out (2007)


  1. ^ "Wayne Mason and the song 'Nature'", New Zealand History online
  2. ^ Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours List 2002. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 19 December 2012.

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