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", 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 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 on a debut album with his new group The Superheaters, featuring Richard Te One (Darren Watson & The Real Deal Blues Band), Steve Moodie (Miles Calder & The Rumours) and Chris Armour.
- Between Frames (1995)
- Same Boy (2001)
- Sense Got Out (2007)
- Dix, John, Stranded In Paradise, Penguin, 2005. ISBN 0-14-301953-8
- Eggleton, David, Ready To Fly, Craig Potton, 2003. ISBN 1-877333-06-9
- Spittle, Gordon, Counting The Beat, GP Publications, 1997. ISBN 1-86956-213-5
- "Wayne Mason and the song 'Nature'", New Zealand History online
- Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours List 2002. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 19 December 2012.