Bic Runga - Updated Jun 2024

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Bic Runga

Bic Runga is a multi-instrumentalist pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Bic Runga’s first three studio albums all debuted at the top of New Zealand’s Top 40 Album charts. Her song “Sway” has also achieved international success in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Early Life and Childhood

Bic Runga was born on 13 January 1976, in Christchurch, New Zealand, and her age is 47 years old as of the year 2024. Her real birth name is Briolette Kah Bic Runga.

Talking about Bic’s parents, her father’s name is Joseph Te Okoro Runga, a Maori ex-serviceman, and her mother’s name is Sophia Tang, a Chinese Malaysian lounge singer in Malaysia. Similarly, Bic has two sisters who are also musicians, Pearl Runga and Boh Runga.

She is a New Zealander by nationality and belongs to the Christian religion. Similarly, Bic belongs to the Ngati Kahungunu ethnicity and her zodiac sign is Capricorn.


Talking about her formal education, she grew up in Christchurch and went to Cashmere High School there. Furthermore, Bic’s additional academic credentials are unavailable. She may have started to sing at an early age, and that’s why she might have skipped college.

Bic Runga – Net Worth 2024

Bic has an estimated net worth of approximately around $6 million. Most of Bic’s income sources are from her singing career. Additionally, Bic has worked very hard since her childhood to achieve this fame. Bic is active in her career and is on the way to raising her net worth in the future.

Social Media

Bic is very popular on social media and her fans love her for the positive influence she has on them. Similarly, Bic is very active on Instagram, where she likes to post snaps of her latest photoshoots.

She has 9232 followers on Instagram and owns an account @bicrunga. Her Twitter handle is @bicrunga with 11k followers. Her Facebook account is Bic and has 34k followers. Similarly, she has a Bic Runga YouTube channel with 21k subscribers.

Career and Professional Life

Bic and Kelly Horgan competed in the 1993 Smokefreerockquest in Christchurch as “Love Soup,” winning third place and a music contract with Pagan Records. In 1995, she sent a new demo of “Drive” to Sony Music, who signed Runga in September of that year and purchased Pagan Records’ Wellington recordings.

Runga then released “Bursting Through,” the first single from her upcoming Drive album. Six singles from the album were released, with “Sway” being released in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Later, Runga toured with Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn in 2000, which resulted in the November 2000 release of a live album titled Together in Concert: Live. Birds, her third studio album, was released in New Zealand on November 28, 2005.

Runga was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2006 New Year Honours for his contributions to music. Runga released Try to Remember Everything in November 2008, which is a collection of unreleased, new, and rare Bic recordings from 1996 to 2008.

On December 14, 2008, the album was certified Gold in New Zealand after selling over 7,500 copies. Moreover, Runga released a new single titled “Dreamed a Dream” in June 2015.

Close Your Eyes, an album consisting of ten covers and two original tracks was announced by Runga in October 2016. Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in November 2016.

Bic Runga

Caption: Bic Runga performing on the stage. Source: Wikipedia

Brand Endorsements

Bic Runga has not endorsed any brand till now. Also, Bic has not promoted anything till now and has not been seen in any collaborations with brands.

In the coming days, we may see Bic being associated with some brands and supporting their products. No information is available regarding the other brands Bic has cooperated with or not.

Awards and Nomination

Bic receives honors in the 2006 New Year Honours. Runga was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for music services.

Similarly, Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in November 2016. Despite being a gifted artist, a lot more awards may be on the way for Bic.

Relationship Status

Bic is married to her partner singer Kody Nielson. Additionally, Bic with her partner together has three children: Joe born in 2007, Sophia born in 2013, and Frida born in 2015. We can see that Bic is quite happy with her husband and children at the moment.

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Caption: Bic Runga with her husband. Source: Now To Love


Bic is not associated with any sort of rumors or controversies that would hamper her career. Also, Bic avoids the media and avoids engaging in contentious behavior or situations that can damage her reputation.

Bic Runga – Body Measurements

Bic stands at the height of 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 48 kilograms. But Bic’s exact body measurements are not available.

Similarly, she has beautiful black eyes and hair but her dress size and shoe size are not available.

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Caption: Bic Runga posing for the photo. Source: WikiFeet