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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Te Awamutu and the Finn brothers. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Musicians Neil and Tim Finn are Te Awamutu's most famous sons. Tim's band Split Enz -- a theatrically costumed arthouse ensemble -- morphed into a successful pop group after 18-year-old Neil joined in the late 1970s. The brothers were later both part of the internationally successful Crowded House.

31 reasons to love New Zealand music,

'Split Enz with a bang' tour,

Waikato region: arts, culture and heritage,

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 05/142/01).

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 The Finns of Te Awamutu - Roadside Stories