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Great Kiwi sounds return to the Zoo this summer

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL
MEDIA RELEASE


13 December 2005

Great Kiwi sounds return to the Zoo this summer

Saturday 21 January - Sunday 5 March 2006

The lush and intimate surrounds of Auckland Zoo will again play host to some of New Zealand's hottest bands this summer, with the seven concerts in the Coca-Cola ZooMusic series.

Boh Runga is the first to take the stage on 21 January. She is followed over the next few weeks by Katchafire, Nesian Mystik, Pluto, The Black Seeds, Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters and Che Fu.

Boh is fresh from working on the much-anticipated third album from stellar*, and she hits the stage with her singer-songwriter skills on Saturday 21 January.

After stirring a huge sing-along ZooMusic crowd in 2005, the much-loved reggae sounds of Katchafire will set the series alight once more on Sunday 29 January. The concert kicks off with an energetic performance from soul-jazz collective, one million dollars. They are among a host of outstanding support artists will also perform during the 6pm - 9pm twilight series, which is now in its third year.

On Saturday 4 February, the boys from Nesian Mystik also make a welcome return to ZooMusic, performing their special blend of pop, hip-hop and R&B beats. Special guests, Minuit, will provide an unexpected twist to the night.

The set from five-piece rock and roll act Pluto, on Saturday 11 February, will deliver the trademark harmonies and melodic power that feature on their critically acclaimed album, Pipeline Under the Ocean.

On Friday 17 February, groove along to The Black Seeds' unique blend of funk, reggae, soul and dub that has made them so popular throughout the country.

The iconic Don McGlashan and his new band the Seven Sisters, including the talented SJD, perform old favourites as well as fresh material from McGlashan's forthcoming solo album. He plays Saturday 25 February with Wellington's Little Bushmen open the concert, following their successful stint supporting Dave Dobbyn on his recent tour.

Wrapping up the series on Sunday 5 March, Che Fu will showcase the innovative and masterful approach to hip-hop that defines him as one of New Zealand's most successful male vocalists. Top female vocalist and MC, Ladi6, will help get the show started.

"Events like this highly successful music series enable us to attract new audiences, who may not have been to the Zoo for some time, or wouldn't choose to come otherwise," says Auckland Zoo Director, Glen Holland.

"It's an opportunity for these visitors to find out what the Zoo is all about as a place of both recreation and conservation. Not only is it a fantastic and unique recreational experience for them, but more importantly, the proceeds from ticket sales help us carry out essential conservation work with native and overseas species."

Most of the animals will still be up enjoying the warmth of the summer evenings during the series. So make a day of it, come early and hang out with your family and friends. Purchase dinner and refreshments from the licensed Darwin's café, or the bar and BBQs we'll have set up near the Band Rotunda. A range of delicious food hampers can also be pre-ordered from Darwin's café (phone 09-360 5261), and Weta Café will be open late.

Coca-Cola ZooMusic tickets can be pre-purchased from 19 December at the Zoo (ph 360 3805) or through Ticketek. With limited capacity, and tickets expected to sell fast, we recommend advance booking. Tickets: Adults $20, Children (4+yrs) $10 and $50 for a three-concert multi-ticket or family pass (2 adults, 2 children).

To find out more about the Coca-Cola ZooMusic seven-gig concert series, on from 21 January to 5 March 2006, visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz.

KEY DATES:
Saturday 21 January 6pm Boh Runga
Sunday 29 January 6pm Katchafire
Saturday 4 February 6pm Nesian Mystik
Saturday 11 February 6pm Pluto
Friday 17 February 6pm The Black Seeds
Saturday 25 February 6pm Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters
Sunday 5 March 6pm Che Fu

ENDS

ABOUT AUCKLAND ZOO
Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic wildlife species in New Zealand (over 1000 animals and 178 species) and attracts over half a million visitors annually. It is becoming increasingly well known nationally and internationally through the award-winning television programme, 'The Zoo'. At the heart of all Auckland Zoo's work and activities is its MISSION: "to focus the Zoo's resources to benefit conservation and provide exciting visitor experiences which inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment". Auckland Zoo's Charitable Trust is currently fundraising for the establishment of a New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, to be built at the Zoo in 2006. Auckland Zoo is a member of both the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks & Aquaria (ARAZPA) and the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA).

ABOUT COCA-COLA IN NEW ZEALAND
Together, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ and Coca-Cola Oceania manufacture, market and distribute more than 100 beverage brands and flavours in New Zealand. These include soft drinks, diet drinks, juices and juice drinks, cordials, waters, sports drinks and energy drinks.

Coca-Cola Amatil is the authorized bottler of The Coca-Cola Company's products in New Zealand. The two companies employ more than 1,000 people and CCA has plants in Auckland, Christchurch and Putaruru.

Coca-Cola's contribution to the New Zealand community includes the annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park events in Auckland and Christchurch in partnership with youth counselling and development charity Youthline. The annual Coca-Cola Careers Expo takes place in Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Our partnership with the National Association of OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) has resulted in Go Kids! a national physical activity programme being made available to 750 out of school groups and more than 100,000 young New Zealanders.

For more about Coca-Cola visit www.coke.co.nz

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