17 March 2019
Mike is a former member of the New Zealand bands Split Enz and Citizen Band.
He spent eleven years as Director of New Zealand operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), retiring from the role at the end of October 2003. He is currently CEO of Play It Strange Trust which he founded in April 2004, a trust which strives to provide secondary students with a platform they can use to pursue their musical adventures. He has published several books, including the Split Enz biography: Stranger Than Fiction.
In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Mike was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to music. He was promoted to Companion of the same order, for services to music and mental health awareness, in the 2015 New Year Honours.
In 2016, he was presented with a Scroll of Honour from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand for services to New Zealand entertainment.