Tarawera’s Tin Teacaddy

Rob Griffiths —  15/04/2010

Billy Earl and Betty Grey

Rosy Tin Teacaddy rolled into Rotorua a few weeks ago in a Toyota jammed full of chaos, for the first of their Wild Creations residencies. Billy Earl & Betty Grey are the creative geniuses behind the indie-folk band, Rosy Tin Teacaddy. As apart of the Wild creations programme they have come up with the inspiring idea of creating a new collection of songs based on their experiences, the land, and the people and stories of Tarawera.    

The Wild Creations residency programme is a partnership between Creative NZ (Provides the funding) and the Department of Conservation (Host the artists) allowing great folks like Billy & Betty the opportunity to get away from it all and do what they do best – create!   

Sunrise over Tarawera

During their latest stay they have been out and about researching the area by day, visiting local ‘hot spots’ and catching up with locals etc. By night they can be found at their humble abode writing & playing. All this mixed in with numerous cups of tea of course!    

According to Billy & Betty this first stint has mainly been dedicated to devising their stage show, which is playing at BATS theatre May 19 to 22. “The show and the album project have become parts of the same thing. The show is almost the springboard into the project as a whole” comments Andy.    

“On our next visit to the area we are hoping to coincide the dates with the anniversary of the Mt Tarawera eruption (10th June 1886). Some may say that this is a great coincidence. I believe that it is somewhat serendipitous” says Betty.    

“We are hoping to throw together a special anniversary gig for the locals come June”    

Creating the night away…

Stay posted on the latest escapades by checking their blog site: http://rosytinteacaddy.wordpress.com/
Become a Rosy Tin Teacaddy Facebook Fan
If you’re in Wellington don’t miss the show at BATS: 19th – 22nd May 2010
And, stay tuned for updates on a special Tarawera Anniversary gig in Rotorua! 
Wild Creations on the DOC website

Rob Griffiths


I ski, rock climb, whitewater kayak and mountain bike. In my spare time I have a crack at being the Community Relations ranger at Rotorua Lakes. Fortunately our office is on the back door of NZ's premier mountain biking area, has numerous rivers nearby, is just over an hour to to the Nth Is best rock climbing at Wharepapa and just a couple of hours from the snow. I love my job!

9 responses to Tarawera’s Tin Teacaddy


    More from Rosy Tin Teacaddy and the Wild Creations Residency Programme – worth a watch!

    Rob Griffiths 24/05/2010 at 9:28 am

    Great – thanks for the post and keeping us posted!

    Rob Griffiths 14/05/2010 at 11:57 am

    The fruits of their efforts can already be heard as they have recorded a couple of demo tracks onto there Myspace page that are well worth a listen – http://www.myspace.com/rosytinteacaddy.


    Looks great.


    Wow!! That is so cool. I saw these guys live in Wellytown last year. They are excellent – authentic and just a touch eccentric. I’ll definitely be at BATS.
    Thanks for the up date.

      Rob Griffiths 19/04/2010 at 8:46 am

      No worries.
      Great to hear from a fan. Enjoy BATS and stay tuned for more on there adventures.