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First Fundraisers For Niue This Week

Media release 17 February 2003

First Fundraisers For Niue This Week

The first of a series of fundraising concerts to raise money for the rebuilding of Niue takes place at Westfield mall in Manukau City Centre on Thursday February 19, followed by shows in Henderson over the following two days.

Sir Howard Morrison and friends will be presenting entertainment shows at 12.30, 3.30pm and 6.30pm and there will gold coin collections among the public.

The show's line-up includes Taisha, Charlotte Dawson, the Niuean Choir, the Shortland Street cast and Stacey Daniels. The Warriors will be taking part collecting donations and signing autographs.

There will be a Pacific Idol karaoke contest which the public will be encouraged to enter. The winner will receive two return airfares to Samoa and will perform at the Miss South Pacific Contest in November. The contest starting time is 11am each day and the final will be on Saturday.

On Friday there will be shows at the Westfield mall in Henderson at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm. On Saturday 21st there will be further shows at Henderson at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

There will also be a chance for sports fans to help the Niue fundraising effort. Sir Howard and friends will be providing the pre-match entertainment at the match between the Warriors and Penrith on Saturday February 28 and also at the March 20 game between the Warriors and the Dragons.

In addition to gold coins, the public may contribute larger amounts by giving a donation at any Westpac branch.

Manukau City Council has kick-started the fundraising by donating $15,000.

A Niuean relief fundraising target of one million dollars was established earlier this month following a meeting between Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey, Manukau mayor Sir Barry Curtis, Niuean community representatives, Westfield and Sir Howard Morrison. Sir Howard is coordinating the project. Both Waitakere and Manukau have large Niuean populations.

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