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Kiwi Idol gets second shot at Pacific stardom

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10 March 2004

Kiwi Idol gets second shot at Pacific stardom

NZ Idol contestant Lemuel will step up to the mike for this Sunday’s ‘Voices of the Future’ concert, the closing event for the Pasifika Festival.

The singer, who departed from NZ Idol on Monday, will be replacing Paulini, a finalist from Australian Idol. Due to unforeseen circumstances Paulini is unable to perform on Sunday. However you can still catch her on the Air New Zealand Contemporary Stage at Western Springs Stadium on Friday night at 9.30pm or her extended time slot on Saturday at 11.25am. She is also judging the children’s Pasifika Idol competition later in the afternoon at the 531pi Children’s Stage.

Capacity crowds totalling more than 200,000 are expected to attend the Pasifika Festival this weekend. The event has been extended from two days to three this year – Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Attendees will be able to enjoy the sounds, tastes and cultures of Auckland's Pacific Island community.

The Air New Zealand Contemporary Stage will feature a stellar line-up of performers over the weekend and will be showcasing the very best in upcoming Pacific Island talent. Performers include the mighty Scribe, Mareko and his Dawn Raid label mates the Deceptikonz, kiwi pop princess Brooke Fraser, Vince Harder, star of the Lion King musical, and R ‘n’ B sensation Adeaze.

Unfortunately, due to a car accident in Sydney, Australian act 6 Pound will no longer be performing Friday night and Saturday as scheduled.

Auckland City event organiser, Mere Lomaloma Elliott, says that the forecast for the weekend is looking good and reminds people to bring a drink bottle, sunhat and sunscreen. Her other hot tips for Pasifika are:
- car parks are limited so public transport is recommended. Call Rideline on (09) 366 6400 for information on special services
- keep left when walking around the event to keep things moving
- keep Western Springs clean by putting rubbish in the bin
- EFTPOS services, festival merchandise, programmes, and site maps are all located at the three main entrances
- use a backpack instead of a buggy or pushchair for young children.

Admission to all three days is free.

Find out more online at www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/pasifika.

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