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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Riff Raff statue in Hamilton. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

A statue in Hamilton pays tribute to former resident Richard O'Brien, creator of the kitschy, gender-bending 1970s musical The rocky horror show. The statue depicts Riff Raff, the character played by O'Brien in the movie version, which became a cult hit. A 1986 New Zealand production of the musical famously featured former prime minister Robert Muldoon as the narrator.

Riff Raff,

Robert Muldoon with the Rocky Horror show cast,

"Time Warp" soundtrack courtesy of Stetson Records (

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number 45/1383).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Rocky Horror in Hamilton - Roadside Stories