The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealand. Membership of RIANZ is open to any record label operating in New Zealand.
New Zealand Music Awards, “the Tuis”, are conferred annually by RIANZ for outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the recording field. The awards have been presented since 1965 and a precis history of the event can be found here
RIANZ releases the official New Zealand singles and album charts. The Top 40 Singles Chart consists of data from both singles sales figures and radio play (airplay) information gathered by radio data collection agency Radioscope; both have a 50% weighting.
RIANZ also publishes an annual ranking chart of singles and albums released in New Zealand. Position is awarded by a simple scoring system whereby a number one in one week gets 50 points, a number two gets 49 points and so on, then all weeks are added together.
For instance a single that is at #1 for two weeks and then spends the following week at number two would receive 149 points (50 + 50 + 49 = 149).
The licensing arm of RIANZ is Phonographic Performances (PPNZ). PPNZ administers the rights of local and international record labels and producers within the New Zealand territory.
PPNZ is responsible for licensing and collecting income from the broadcasting and public performance of sound and video recordings. PPNZ can grant licences to any individual or business playing or using recorded music in the public arena. e.g: bars, cafes, retail shops, salons, telephone ‘on-hold’ systems, sports grounds, broadcasters, gyms, function centres and many other premises where performance of recorded music takes place.
RIANZ is the New Zealand International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) national agency, and allocates the Country and First Owner Codes to members for encoding on all audio and audio-visual recordings, as a method of identification.
RIANZ is a member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries (IFPI) and is affiliated with, other national recording industry groups like the Australian Record Industry Association Ltd (ARIA) and the British Phonographic Industry Ltd (BPI).
RIANZ continues to enforce the rights of record producers and recording artists against copyright infringers, and works closely with NZ Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFA©T) which represents film producers. NZFACT is affiliated with the Motion Picture Association (MPA).