This year’s Waitangi Day concert in The Square is a classic case of ebony and ivory.
Kia Ora FM and Access Manawatu have joined forces to organise the free family event.
It is the first time the two community stations have collaborated but they hope there will be many more occasions.
The headline act is The Babysitters Circus, whose catchy song Everything’s Gonna Be All Right is No 19 in New Zealand Music Chart.
The band is Opshop’s Jason Kerrison and Tim Skedden, Jasmie Greenslade (better known as hip-hop artist Maitreya) and Selwyn Leaf.
Working with Kia Ora had been on Access station manager Fraser Greig’s radar for some time and the Waitangi Day concert made “perfect sense”.
Kia Ora programme director Lisa Check had been thinking about the station’s involvement in 2012 Waitangi Day celebrations and Destination Manawatu brought the two stations together.
“We have been running ever since, it’s been great,” Mrs Check said.
The concert is a community event run by community radio, she said.
Kia Ora FM has relationships with fellow iwi stations and it was nice to do the same with other Palmerston North community stations.
Mr Greig said there was a raft of excellent community radio in Palmerston North – Access Manawatu, Kia Ora, Radio Control and The Gramophone Room – which deserved to have a higher profile than they did.
Community radio does not have the marketing budget commercial stations do so they need to take every opportunity to promote themselves.
Mr Greig said Waitangi Day was a celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the two stations were joining forces to celebrate something intrinsically part of New Zealand life.
It’s a collaboration, no one station is better than the other, everyone does what they are best at and shares that with the other. There are no egos, which I’m thrilled with.”
The concert was about bringing people together and the diversity of acts reflected that.
Mr Greig will stage-manage the concert, a role he is experienced in, and Kia Ora is organising the powhiri.
Kia Ora host Peter Cleave will once again be the master of ceremonies and volunteers from both stations will help on the day.
Opening the concert is Palmerston North Boys’ High School student Josh Ellery, who has made a name for himself with his covers on YouTube of latest hits.
Also performing are Tama K and the Creed, which brings soul and punk to its covers and originals, and Tomorrow People, a Wellington eight-piece which performs “sunshine reggae”.
The concert is in the events quadrant of The Square from noon till 4pm on Monday. There will also be children’s activities, craft and food stalls, and cultural exhibits.
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© Manawatu Standard February 1st, 2012.
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