Avondale local Tom Scott took out the Best Album of the Year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with his collaborative album Avantdale Bowling Club. He also won Best Hip Hop Artist.
Always a bit edgy, in his acceptance speech he suggested that Jacinda Adern should go out to visit Ihuamato. He sang his song “Home” live at the ceremony backed by a choir from his old school, Avondale Intermediate. He has said that so much of his music comes from his life experience in Avondale and that he could not have done the album if he was still in Australia.
Like many others, Tom wants to see the whole community accurately portrayed in the media, and not become a victim of a media or music narrative of ghettos and gangstas. Avondale is much more than that.