2019 Gore Country Music Queen Melissa Wishart & Runner-Up Leah McMath at the Gala Awards Evening held on Saturday 18th May 2019.

Follow the Gore Country Music Queen Facebook page To enter click here to go to Tussock Country Music Festival – New Zealand’s Country Music Festival.

2021 Sponsors

Mataura Licensing Trust – Gore District Council – La Hoods Chemist – Gore Soroptimist Group – Flowers by Veronica – Bayleys Real Estate Group – Hokonui Radio – Tamworth Regional Council – Jacqueline Byars Design – Gore Toastmasters – Esplanade Motels – Christine Livingstone – Roof Craft Industries – Devine Hair & Beauty – Miss Cocoa – Hokonui Horse Trek – 100% Selectrix – Brian Mahon Engineering – Harrisons Supplies – Brides by Donna Rae


In 1979, the Gold Guitar Awards started a Miss Gold Guitar Contest. This proved most successful and has been carried on annually. Tracey Farquhar was our first ever Miss Gold Guitar.

In 1986 due to our developing sister city relationship with Tamworth, Australia, their festival Queen made an appearance at the the Gold Guitar Awards. This has continued every year since and our Queen, as part of her prize package, reciprocates.

In 1996 the competition was opened up to married women as well and the name was changed to the New Zealand Gold Guitar Queen.

In 1998, Gore Country Music Club Member, Jessie McChlery-Tytler, because of her hard work and dedication in fostering the Sister City Relationship, was awarded the title of Special Ambassador for Tamworth by the Tamworth City Council.

The Gore Tamworth Sister City relationship was further enhanced by the opening of the GORE GARDEN in the Tamworth Botanical Gardens in January 2003. The Tamworth 2002 Australian Post Queen of Country Music, Rebecca Redfern, made the announcement at the Gore New Zealand Gold Guitar Queen Finals held in May 2002.

When our Queen, Natasha Houlahan, visited Tamworth in January 2003 , she and the new Tamworth Queen carried out the inaugural tree planting. This is to celebrate the important and continuing relationship between the two Country Music Capitals. This is now also an annual event held in Gore, where both Queens attend.

In 2005 the Gold Guitar Awards Committee joined with the Gore District Council to enlarge and enhance the event.


Any further information please contact Convenor Vanessa Harvey. vanessa.harvey@bayleys.co.nz or go to Tussock Country Music Festival-New Zealand’s Country Music Festival