Music Awards: Q&A with the winners

By Joanna Hunkin

People's Choice Award
Highest Selling New Zealand album
Music Video: Mark Williams - Wandering Eye

How do you feel?
Trumpet player Toby Laing: We're really, really over the moon. Were just stoked. We have a really amazing group of supporters and this is a tribute to them.

Is there anything you'd like to tell people?
Thank you very much to the public of New Zealand.

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Breakthrough Artist
Rock Album

How do you feel?
Guitarist Hadleigh Donald: I didn’t expect to win anything and to win two awards is just great. We just love having fun, that’s all its about.

Is there anything you'd like to tell people?
Take us for who we are because it's all we have to offer.

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Radio Airplay Record of the Year

How do you feel?
Matt Thomas: We're really surprised we won the Silver Scroll the other day and we didn’t go because we had no idea.

The award this year is a different shape - We've got a few other ones so its nice to have a new one…its been eight years since the last one.

Is there anything you'd like to tell people?
We've got a new album coming out in a few weeks, its been three years since our last album. It comes out in mid-Novenber and is called One World.

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Single of the Year

How do you feel?
Bass player Mike Hall: Really good, were very surprised.
Keyboardist Mathias Jordan: We were quite cynical about these awards, until we won, but now we're pretty pleased.

Is there anything you'd like to tell people?
Mathias Jordan: Thanks to everyone who bought the album

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