The Studylink Hold Music Playlist Is Fire

The Studylink Hold Music Playlist Is Fire

As is tradition for students every February, I recently spent a good 10 minutes on hold with Studylink. Normally, that would infuriate me, but this time something was different. The hold music. It started out with Brooke Fraser – Arithmetic, a soothingly powerful tune I haven’t heard in years, then followed it up with another classic throwback in the form of Come on Home – Titanium.

‘Who is this magnificent DJ compiling all my favourite kiwi bangers of yesteryear?’ I thought. ‘And how can I uncover the rest of this amazing playlist?’ The prospect of spending another 40 minutes on hold didn’t appeal, but then I realised we have a law for this exact thing.

The Official Information Act says that government organisations pretty much have to reveal any info you ask for, unless it invades someone’s privacy. So I made a request, they revealed it, and now my Spotify is fucking tops.


Aotearoa - Stan Walker

Arithmetic - Brooke Fraser

Come on Home - Titanium

Hometown - Magic

In Colour - Shapeshifter

Life in the Sunshine - Jamie McDell

Lion's Den - Sola Rosa

Loose Cartilage - The Black Seeds

Love Your Children - The Native Sons

Misty Frequencies - Che Fu

Over the Rainbow - Tiki Tane

Royals - Lorde

Something in the Water - Brooke Fraser

Take It Easy - Stan Walker

The Sun Is up Now - PleasePlease

Warrior - Kimbra

You'll Never Take That Away - Jamie McDell

Don’t Go Changing - Six60

Fade to Grey - Six60

Special - Six60

White Lines - Six60

Haumanu - Maisey Rika

Tangaroa Whakamautai - Maisey Rika

Te Rau-tekau-ma-waru - Maisey Rika

Whitiora - Maisey Rika

This article first appeared in Issue 3, 2018.
Posted 5:59pm Thursday 8th March 2018 by Joel MacManus.