Community concert to rise up

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RISE UP: Before the main acts, the audience will be entertained by Japanese drummers, Taiko. File photo C9205-06

IT’S time to raise the mauri (life force) of the Eastern Bay with Oho Ake, a community concert tomorrow.

Oho Ake (rise up), is a day of live music and entertainment, fun activities, positive vibes and food.

It will be held at the Te Teko Racecourse from 11am to 5pm.

The event has been organised by a group of Eastern Bay residents who want to help boost the morale of flood-affected families.

The day will involve Eastern Bay entertainment, food stalls and children’s activities. Tamariki and kaumatua zones will be available at the venue.

Main musical acts include L.A.B, Garhh – Tait Kora, Fling Teddy and Iyah Roots.
But before the main acts take the stage, the audience will be entertained by Japanese drummers, Taiko, and dance crews, Feet on Fire and Steps.

From 12.15pm to 1.30pm, the speakers will sound acoustic music, performed by Manaea and Alize, Krissie Knap, Jade Pritchard and Tiger-Hour.

Throughout the day, Tamati Coffey will entertain the crowd as the master of ceremonies.
Organiser Jacqui Armstrong said she and a team of five others put together the day-long event after asking what flood affected communities wanted.

“A lot of people said we should get together,” she said. “A collective group of us came up with the concept, because our biggest concern was once those support networks stop for those families, that would be when it hit them the hardest.”

Mrs Armstrong said the main kaupapa of Oho Ake was to boost morale in the rohe rather than fundraise money.

It is a koha concert, because we realise a lot of those families have nothing. We have been really lucky to have services paid for via sponsorship like our sound and stage.

Raffles will be available to buy on the day. “We approached a whole heap of businesses for spot prizes and raffles … Everybody has jumped on the band wagon which has been amazing.”

Mrs Armstrong said the concert was for everyone in the Eastern Bay.

Any funds raised would be managed by an accounting firm and directed to affected families.

Remaining funds would be given to organisations so they went straight back into the community.

Mrs Armstrong said families were encouraged to take along picnics and blankets to set up for the event.

“There will be some paid kids’ activities, but they have been reduced in price and a lot of that money will go back into the kete.”

Arts and craft making will also be available.

The weather forecast is for rain but Mrs Armstrong said the show would still go on, unless the rain was too heavy and race track officials thought it was unsafe.

If the rain does dampen the day, Oho Ake will be postponed until Sunday, May 28.


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