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Scoop Images: The Zaoui Concert!!!

Last night's Zaoui Concert at the Wellington State Opera House was attended by around 450 supporters of human rights marking the 1st anniversary of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority decision declaring Algerian MP Ahmed Zaoui to be a bona fide refugee. Mr Zaoui has been kept in jail since he arrived in December 2002 and is the first recipient of a security risk certificate issued by the Secret Intelligence Service. Images by Alastair Thompson.

MCs for the night Adam Gardiner & Jeremy Randerson

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The audience

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First up act - The Beat Girls

Former Governor General Sir Paul Reeves

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The first headlining act of the night Rhombus ( website)…

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… played some freedom fusion.

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Comedienes Gentiane Lupi & Jo Randerson…

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…. with a scene inspired by Abu Gharib prison.

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Jeff Henderson, Sally Rodwell & Richard Nunns play a serious jazz number

"Killamanjaro!!" – Comedian Taika Cohen messes with audience heads

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Turntableist Alphabet Head dazzles with his hand speed

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The Accelerants

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… accelerate.

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Ahmed Zaoui's lawyer Deborah Manning…

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… reads messages to the audience from the subject of the night's festivities, Ahmed Zaoui and his family.

And then finally, the second headlining act of the night Goldenhorse…. ( website)

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Lead singer Kirsten Kirsten Morelle,,,

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…generates a bit activity in the mosh pit.

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Responding to a request from the audience the Goldenhorse guys play some :"Bowie for Zaoui" (Little China Girl).

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Before Morelle returns to end the evening with an optimistic rendition of Golden Dawn.

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