For many people the early Flying Nun bands were when New Zealand music came of age. They were also the inspiration to pin your musical ears back and have a go at making your own songs. The Christchurch label and the Dunedin sound led an explosion of Kiwi culture.
In terms of guitar and bands and recording they fired a whole non-mainstream creative industry at a time when half the country was closing down. It’d be fair to say Not everyone liked the sounds, especially some of the regular patrons of the pubs the bands played at, but the energy and the creativity of the DIY ethic couldn’t be ignored.