The Kiwi Animal Profile

aka Smelly Feet
Andrew Schmidt
15 Jun 2015

With his radical Wellington post-punk quartet Shoes This High faltering, vocalist/provocateur Brent Hayward grabbed a stray acoustic guitar in late 1980 and set about creating a body of work that would match his previous group’s in importance while vastly exceeding it in volume.

As persistent and wide-ranging solo act Smelly Feet, he played and recorded throughout 1981 before morphing into The Kiwi Animal in 1982 with the equally talented Julie Cooper and later, Patrick Waller.

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Julie Cooper and Brent Hayward
The Kiwi Animal, Green Eggs and Ham, Accessories and Fishschool at the Parnell Library Hall, Auckland
Brent Hayward and Julie Cooper
Photo credit: Photo by Charles Jameson
Smelly Feet and Alms For Children at the Auckland University Cafe, September 1981
Kiwi Animal's final shows at Red Metro, in December 1985
Smelly Feet's 1981 7-inch EP 3 Songs, featuring the classic OHMS
The Kiwi Animal's 1984 Music Media album was recorded by Greg Brice at Auckland's Last Laugh Studios and in the Old Synagogue. It would be reissued in Germany in 2000.
A Kiwi Animal / Brent Hayward documentary from Orlando Stewart
The 1997 German reissue of the 1985 The Kiwi Animal album Mercy.
The Kiwi Animal, Green Eggs and Ham, Fishschool, C.B.C. and Sick Dogs at the Māori Mission Hall, likely 1983
The debut EP from The Kiwi Animal, Wartime, released on their own Brent And Julie Records label
The Kiwi Animal: Brent Hayward, Julie Cooper and Patrick Waller.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
The 1983 poster for the Wartime EP
The Kiwi Animal write to Rip It Up, 1983
Smelly Feet at 51 Federal Street in a venue long covered by the casino in Auckland
Patrick Waller, Brent Hayward and Julie Cooper recording in the Knox Presbyterian Church, Parnell
The poster for Smelly Feet's 3 Songs EP from 1981
Julie Cooper and Brent Hayward
Photo credit: Photo by Charles Jameson
The Kiwi Animal, Bowen Studio Theatre, Auckland, August 1985

Brent And Julie Records

Massage Records


Brent Hayward - Multi-instrumentalist

Patrick Waller - Multi-instrumentalist

Julie Cooper - Multi-instrumentalist


Brent Hayward's painting of country singer Aly Cook can be found on the cover of her 2015 album Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel.