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Tsunami fundraising and NZ music

Wednesday 12 January 2005

Tsunami fundraising and NZ music at Picnic for the Planet

This Sunday's Picnic for the Planet on Waiheke Island, kicking off the Green Party's 2005 activities, will raise funds for the Asian tsunami victims and showcase an exciting range of New Zealand musicians.

People attending the picnic, at which Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will deliver a major positioning speech, will be urged to give generously to aid agency Oxfam.

In line with the national Memorial Day for tsunami victims, a minute of silence will be observed at 1.59pm.

As well as the Oxfam collection, Fitzsimons' speech will be accompanied by three Kiwi music acts, with Green MP Nandor Tanczos acting as MC. The acts are:

* Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns: McPhun, an American expat who plays for several bands including The Brunettes, joins forces with The Ruby Suns, offering listeners a fairy-light pop experience.

* Mano Pratt & Katy Soljak: Pratt, a Santanic-style guitarist (i.e. in the style of Carlos Santana), plays with Soljak, a songwriter now based on Waiheke after a ten-year music career in Los Angeles.

* Voom: A low-key alternative rock band that has entertained Aucklanders since its conception in the 1980s, Voom brings together Buzz Moller, Daniel Manetto, and Rich Mixture.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, a hat, sunscreen, an umbrella, and some coins and/or notes to place in Oxfam buckets. An indoor venue will be available in the case of inclement weather.

Fitzsimons' speech will set the scene for the Green Party's work in 2005, discussing the long-term challenges that humanity faces, including our reliance on oil, and elucidating the inherent advantages New Zealand has in meeting these challenges.

What: Picnic for the Planet 2005.
Who: Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons to speak on "The State of the Planet".
Who: Green MP Nandor Tanczos to MC.
Who: Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns, Mano Pratt & Katy Soljak, and Voom to play.
When: Sunday 16 January, 11am-2pm. Speech starting at midday.
Where: Surfdale Hall, 6 Hamilton Road, Waiheke Island.


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