Story: Waikato places

Sweetwaters music festival

A series of large music festivals, all called Sweetwaters, were held in Waikato and south Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s. The first, in 1980, was held at a farm near Ngāruawāhia. In this film clip Rick Steele sings ‘The ballad of Arthur Allan Thomas’, a song that was then banned from being played on the radio.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Ngāruawāhia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/27288/sweetwaters-music-festival (accessed 19 February 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015