Another tour is at an end and as we head home we look back over our four weeks here in the North Island of New Zealand with gratitude. It is a privilege and a joy to be able to do what we do and we so appreciate all you who have given us the opportunity to sing and share our stories, a bed, a meal, and so much more. The heat and humidity has been way above our expectations and we head home having left all warm clothing at the bottom of our bags – a big surprise – wondering if there will be more of the same on the Sunshine coast when we return.

From Tauranga to Hamilton, Auckland to Snell’s Beach, back to Auckland and down to Foxton, to Auckland again and up to Whangarei the tour looked on paper a little less thought out than should have been. However we have to say there was not one step along the way we would have done differently. Each new stop was a highlight not to be compared with the last. This country is filled with generous kind and loving people who do so much in their individual communities. It is always a privilege for us to pass through and be a small part of their faithful and often difficult commitment.

So the year has begun in great style and we eagerly await the unfolding of the next leg. We head off to Melbourne and Sydney in a few weeks:

Our first port of call is Yass in New South Wales. From there we go to Churches in Parkdale and Footscray in Melbourne, both regular and much loved stops for us. We will be in Melbourne for a week only before heading back up north to Sydney where we play at Sonrise Church in Paramatta and at a house concert in French’s Forest. Our final stop is Russel Island, off the coast of Brisbane. Full details of dates, times and locations will follow in the next week. Till then, enjoy the last of the summer weather.

God bless you all

Steve and Ainsley Apirana 


Happy Christmas and Happy New Year. What an amazing time of year – holidays, summer weather, Family catch-ups and Christmas celebrations. It can also be stressful, especially for some. I recently heard Andy Gourley (Red Frogs) speak. His word of wisdom is for us all – we can all do something, it doesn’t matter how small but when each of us does our small bit for someone else we are all better off. Let’s see if we can get creative this year and spread a little kindness at this special time of year. May we all take time to reflect and give thanks and honour to our Creator and Heavenly Father who is nothing but love in our lives.

Our goal for the coming year is to take our songs and stories to as many places as we can where people haven’t heard them to try and make our bit of small difference in this troubled world. We are planning our new year as the old year ends. It has been a busy year for us: one that has been unusually quiet on the work front but no less fulfilling, with precious time spent with family. Life on the road is always inspirational and invigorating and we can’t wait to get back out there again in January.

If you are interested in having us come to your town or city please let us know now. Below is an outline of our plans so you can see where and when we are going to be. If we can fit you in, we will.

Upcoming tours planned for 2018

January–February: New Zealand (North Island)

March: East Coast Sunshine Coast to Melbourne and back

April: 6th to 23rd - New Zealand

May–July: Scotland / Europe

September: Perth, WA

October-December: Europe / USA



New Zealand Tour Jan/Feb 2018

FLIGHTS: 16th Jan – 13 Feb

19th to 21st:  Bethlehem Presbyterian, Tauranga.

26th to 29th Jan: Festival 1, Hamilton

“Apirana and Lind Blues Explosion”

Sunday 4th Feb: Upper Room, Newmarket, Auckland.

Sunday 11th Feb: TBC


We are looking to do House Concerts / Café’s / Clubs / Country Town Halls / Parties etc mid week and can do up to two each week (eg. Tuesday/Wednesday/ Thursday: 23rd, 24th 25th, 30th Jan, 31st, 1st Feb, 6th, 7th, 8th Feb) At this stage we are flexible so let us know your wishes. Please spread the word so we can make the most of our time in New Zealand.

AUSSI ADVENTURE 2017 - Itinerary


9.30am: CONCERT: Banora Point Church of Christ


5.30pm: CONCERT: Discovery Parks Dubbo


5.30pm: CONCERT: Balranald Caravan Park




6.00pm: Belair: Holy Innocents Anglican Church


Master Class Palmers Education


7.00pm: House Concert - Adelaide


9.00am: School Assembly – Pilgrim School, Aberfoyle Pk


8.30am: Parkdale Uniting Church

10.30am: Parkdale Uniting Church

7.00pm: Melbourne Indiginous Church Fellowship


2.00pm: House Concert – Lysterfield


7.00pm: SYDNEY – Macquarie Fields


7.30pm: CANBERRA




Stories and songs with Steve and Ainsley Apirana

We will be touring Australia in April, May and June this year. We have divided our trip into two parts – a northern and a southern, with a short break at home between the two. We apologise to those who will not be seeing us this time. Karumba and Alice Springs in - we did hope to get to you as well but it has proved impossible logistically so we will just have to plan another Aussi adventure along the track – 2018 should be a better year for that.

We are still looking for places to play in Cairns and Melbourne so get in now if you want us to come to you. Dates are filling up fast

Tour Dates: February 17th to March 20th 2017 follow us on Facebook.

It has been far too long since our last newsletter – please accept our apologies. We have enjoyed having a couple of months of downtime after a busy year of touring and are now feeling refreshed and ready to embark on a new year. It has not been totally holiday time: Steve spent the month of December working extremely hard on almost 50 songs for the New Years Eve gig in which he was guitar player for the Famularo Family Band, and we have continued to play our Maroochy Surf Club gig once a month, as well as two short trips to Bargara and Maryborough. We have still been able to make the most of the few months at home to relax, catch up with family, attack some necessary chores around the house and garden, while making sure we had some time to enjoy a few real days off - cycling in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.

In Brisbane we followed Kedron Brook from Brookside to Toombull (my old stomping ground) with good friends Mat and Boyd. On another day we parked our van in Hamilton, took the ferry up the Brisbane River to Southbank and cycled all the way back along the river. Brisbane is such a beautiful city and I can recommend the cycle trails. They are a wonderful way to see the sights. Closer to home, we cycled along the Noosa River to its mouth so we could laze about in the river and cool off – the only place to be on these extremely hot days.

Steve and I have been inspired during our time off to learn some new songs and are enjoying having some new material. The next step will be to write some of our own – a good project for the winter months.

We are looking forward to three tours in the months to come:

a)   Summertime in New Zealand: February 17 to March 20

b)   Australia – Halfway Round: April to June

c)   Europe Revisited: July to November

The New Zealand itinerary follows:


Tour Dates: NEW ZEALAND February 17th to March 20th

. Friday 17th Feb: Flight to Auckland 11.20am – 5.30pm

. Sunday 19th Feb: AUCKLAND

 8.30am and 9.15am: The Upper Room

 . Monday 20th Feb: KATIKATI

7pm: Concert @ Katikati Christian Centre

. Saturday 25th Feb: PAEKAKARIKI

 8.00pm: Concert in St Peter’s Community Hall

. Sunday 26th Feb: KAPATI COAST - TBC

. Monday 27th Feb: 9am: FERRY CROSSING Bands on Board

. Wednesday 1st March: CHRISTCHURCH

7pm: Concert @ St Mary’s Addington

. Saturday 4th March: CHRISTCHURCH

7pm: Concert @ Opawa Methodist

. Sunday 5th March: RANGIORA

10am Service @ Rangiora Baptist (111 East Belt, Rangiora)

. Tuesday 7th March: House Meeting

. Sunday 12th March: NELSON 

7pm: Concert @ Nelson Cathedral (Trafalgar St)

. Thursday 16th March: 2.15pm FERRY CROSSING Bands on Board

. Friday 17th March: TAURANGA

7pm: Concert @ Bethlehem Community Church (183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga)

. Sunday 19th March: AUCKLAND

10am: The Mission North, 9 Wainui Rd,  Silverdale

. Monday 20th March: FLIGHT to Brisbane 11.20am to 5.30pm


Our Australian sojourn is still just an outline. If you would like us to come to your area please let us know so we can pencil you in. We leave home, heading north in the beginning of April, first stop Yeppoon on the 14th April. We then head north to Mackay, Bowen, and Cairns; across to Karumba on the gulf; head west to Alice Springs and south to Adelaide; east to Melbourne and back home through Victoria and New South Wales, to be home by mid June.

Europe is very much in our heart – it will be the sixth time for Steve and the 5th time for me that we have worked with Atlantic Bridge and John and Donna Oostdyke. Our association with these wonderful people goes back to 1994 when John rang to ask if Steve would come to Europe for four months. He had seen Steve’s photo in the advertising for Greenbelt festival in England and felt sure he would work well in his multicultural exchange program. Steve, at the time was away on tour, so I took the phone call and told John that Steve could only come if his family could join him, expecting to be turned down. What resulted was a seven-month family tour to USA, UK and Europe that was to be repeated several times over these last 22 years. It is a great joy for us to be once again able to work with this vibrant organization and to see once more the many friends we have made across Europe and in the States in connection with it.

We have a great deal to do to put these tours together but look forward to the process and to the final outcome. We do appreciate your prayers and support and once again hope you will join with us in helping make this a successful year.

All the very best to you as we all take the first steps into this new year.

With every blessing

Steve and Ainsley

Jesus said go into all the world and make disciples of  the nations; He said love one another as I have loved you. He came to bring peace, he came to bring joy, he taught us to forgive. His example has lived through 2000 years, changing people’s lives through the ages. We are honoured to call ourselves by his name.

The first band tour in a few years, this was an extraordinary experience. We traveled with the Band - five boys from Hamilton, soundman Dan, Aaron’s daughter Paris (a late inclusion and highlight at each concert singing “Love Love Love” from Avalanche City), and Stu joining us as roadie and Harmonica player for the Tongariro and Taranaki gigs.

1966. I was 14 at the time, ( work it out if you must ), Kawhia Town Hall. The Fred Porima Band. I was the drummer,never played the drums before but my brother Brownie told Fred I could play so we could get in for free. No rehearsal,just get behind the drums and hit them and don't slow down or speed up. I lasted an hour and a half before Hono Pikia turned up and took over because he was a much better drummer, plus he used the bass pedal. I was demoted to rhythm guitar. Nevertheless it was my first experience as a bona fide band member and sparked a desire that only "being in a band "could satisfy.

21st June 2016


Home again after “There and Back” we are tired but full of gratitude for these last six weeks on the road; happy to have a few days to catch up with family and friends; full of anticipation for the next three weeks in Alaska and looking forward to sharing this next venture with you all through our photos and stories.

Our trip “Back” was amazing. We spent our few days off in Kiama, a part of the country we have never spent time in before. It is so beautiful. We enjoyed the “Blow-hole” and other sights, explored Camper Van possibilities, and generally enjoyed a few days rest before the drive north.

St Albans is a tiny town in the Hawkesbury Valley, deep in the forest, on a long winding dirt road – country which one would normally only see on foot, with rivers, lakes and rock formations to rival any where. It was a mistake really – that our GPS took us on this road, missing the main sealed road - but one we are very glad to have made. There in the middle of nowhere we performed at a house concert for a family who are caretakers of 800 acres of land owned by Franciscan Chinese Monks - a rare opportunity afforded them through a chance camping trip. We had morning tea with local farmers who graze their horses and cattle on the only surviving “Common” in Australia, on the day of their twice-yearly muster. We enjoyed the company of this musical family who commute to Sydney for work, teach Ballet in Wiseman’s Ferry, home school their children and generally live the good country life Australia affords us – totally inspirational.

It was a long drive to the Gold Coast – 11 hours I think. A lot of road works but very few towns to drive through – the journey gets shorter every time we do it. And on the Gold Coast – more amazing people to meet. An indigenous couple runs a small but very alive church in Nerang. Here we did a concert (organized by our friend Rex who we met up with at a house concert in Brisbane at the beginning of the year) before driving home via Brackenridge to have dinner with Stevie and Bec.


Coming up:


Since 1996 a World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People has been held. Birthed in New Zealand it has been to Israel, The Philippines, Australia, South Dakota, and Hawaii. At the same time a small group of people started meeting in New Zealand to reach out to the Maori people through their own native culture, under the name of Te Haerenga. We have been privileged to be involved in these two organisations over the years, learning so much from what they bring to the table. We now find ourselves ready to board a plane to Alaska, to sing and tell our stories to the indigenous people there. We feel very honoured to have been invited and excited to be going to this land, which for us has always held such mystery. On Saturday the 2nd July we fly to LA, Seattle and Fairbanks; will take part in a family camp, then tour Alaska for two weeks before flying home on the 25th, landing in Brisbane on the 27th July.


More dates this year:


Maroochy Surf Club: 1st August, 14th September, 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December.

17th – 23rd August: Rarotonga – family wedding

15th September – 4th October: New Zealand Tour – East Coast Band tour with Dave White from Incedo. Dates TBC

16th November – 6th December: New Zealand Tour – Christchurch to Auckland. Dates TBC

Its about the half way point now - we have gone "There" and will start the journey "Back" in a couple of days. We have, as seems to be the norm these days, picked up a few extra gigs along the way and this tour has altogether been nothing short of wonderful:

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