Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Maori Entertainer to Perform Pavarotti


Maori Entertainer to Perform Pavarotti

Maori entertainer Ash Puriri will be arriving in New Zealand this Thursday to prepare for four New Zealand concerts next week which pay tribute to Pavarotti and Barry White in Wellington (October 5), Palmerston North (October 6), Hamilton (October 7) and Auckland (October 8).

Famous on Australia’s Gold Coast for his faultless Barry White impersonations, Ash also has the vocal versatility to perform a perfect Pavarotti or croon to the sounds of Prince Tui Teka and John Rowles.

His rich, deep voice has featured on Australia’s “Star Struck” show in front of 12 million live viewers, casinos and cabarets on the Gold Coast as well as on board P&O’s Pacific Sky cruises.

Ash says the timing’s good for his show to travel New Zealand, especially as Pavarotti will be in the country in November for his farewell concert. Pavarotti (69) will retire from the stage after his final concert at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.

Ash will perform many of his opera favourites including Nessun Dorma and Recondita Armonia.

He says over the years he’s been inspired by a range of musicians and singers including Luther Van Dros, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong as well as Aretha Franklin, Donna Summers and Billy Holiday. Closer to home, Ash says he’s always looked up to role models on stage like John Rowles and Sir Howard Morrison.

Presented by Aotearoa Promotions Ltd, Ash’s NZ concerts will feature his Big Band sound and Vegas Girl Dancers with a blend of his Barry White show and Ash in Concert show. Compered by Maori actor and entertainer, Pio Terei, Ash in Concert will present a collage of contemporary smash hits songs and famous big voices of the past. He will also pay tribute to Billy T-James, Prince Tui Teka, Ricky May, John Rowles and Sir Howard Morrison and make a special dedication to Inia Te Wiata and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

ENDS (*view excerpts of his Barry White show online)

Concert venues and dates:
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek for Wellington and Auckland shows and TicketDirect for Palmerston North & Hamilton. Tickets are $55 (booking fees may apply)

5th October 2005

The Opera House
111-113 Manners Street

6th October 2005
Palmerston North

Regent Auditorium
63 Broadway Avenue
Palmerston North
0800 4 TICKET

7th October 2005
Community Theatre (previously known as Westpac Community Theatre)
0800 4 TICKET

8th October 2005

Beaumont Centre, Auckland
98 Beaumont Street, Freeman’s Bay, Auckland

The Barry White Tribute Tour First class sponsor

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>

Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland