Congratulations to Nigel Weeks, QSM


Many congratulations to Nigel from everyone in the Nelson-Tasman music community. Nigel was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours. This recognition is well deserved.

The following is an excerpt from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website (

WEEKS, Mr Nigel Edward

For services to music

Mr Nigel Weeks has worked with young people in music since 1994 and has been Head of Music at Manurewa High School, Kings College, MacLeans College, and currently Nayland College.

Mr Weeks has led bands and choirs to win numerous national awards and Australasian titles and toured them to a wide range of international festivals. He has led a number of music-based fundraising initiatives and performances to help fund international tours. He was selected by the Brass Band Association of New Zealand to audition and direct the National Youth Brass Band from 1998 to 2003 and the National Secondary Schools Band since 2002, the latter of which was established at his initiative. He is the current Director of the National Brass Band of New Zealand, which he conducted on a successful inaugural tour to China and South Korea in 2014. He was reappointed as Musical Director in 2017, following which he led them to second place at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland. He has been Director of the Howick School of Music. He became Musical Director of the Nelson City Brass Band in 2016 and has been Music Director of the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and Nelson Civic Choir since 2018. Mr Weeks conducted the Nelson Male Voice Choir in 2019.

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