Vaka Takitumu Paramount Chief Pa Marie Ariki meets New Zealand band, SIX60 in Auckland - 21042131.
New Zealand band SIX60 will play a ‘history-making’ concert at Eden Park tonight that will be streamed live to the Cook Islands on Pasifika TV.
The show is being streamed to 11 Pacific nations to allow
people who could not attend the event live in Aotearoa to be part of it, says
The concert will be the first time SIX60 have played at Eden
The show is being played in New Zealand on Saturday, April
24, which is tonight, 10:30pm (Cook Islands time), on TV1.
Natasha Meleisea, the executive officer of Pacific
Cooperation Broadcasting Limited, said the band’s “embedded values of culture,
language and whanau resonate well with Pasifika”.
“Their hit single 'Don't forget your roots' epitomises who
they are as a group, and when they re-released that hit in Te Reo, it further
demonstrated a deep-rooted connection to their cultural identity.”
Jeane Matenga of Cook Islands TV is excited to broadcast the
show. “We are really grateful to be given the concert for free by Pacifika and
“SIX60 have been kind to give the Pacific a free show,” she
Matenga said it’s expensive for fans to fly over to New
Zealand for the show so she’s pleased fans can watch it for free.
Inano McMurchy, a SIX60 fan, said she has always wanted to
see the band in concert but is happy to see them on TV.
“There’s a lot of (SIX60) fans,” said McMurchy, “you would
be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t know who they are here.”
She wants them to come over to Rarotonga for a live show and
is scheming to get them here.
A New Zealand friend of hers knows one of the band members,
who is going to put a word in.
McMurchy thought it would be a good idea to put the show on
a public outdoor screen.
On Monday she put the call out to the Facebook page
Rarotonga Community and Beyond: “Just putting this out into the Universe, it
would be so cool if this was sponsored on a big screen in a park here on Friday
night at 10.30pm,” she said
McMurchy said other films have been played on an outdoor
screen about climate change and deep-sea mining. She thinks a lot of people would
be keen for the concert as well.
Another fan, Vaka Takitumu Paramount Chief Pa Marie Ariki
met the SIX60 band in Auckland for the first time on Sunday.
She and the team at Tav Pacific presented gifts for the
band, prior to her departure for Rarotonga on Tuesday.
The show will be broadcast live from Eden Park and will be
screened in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea,
Samoa, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga and Vanuatu.
SIX60's kind gesture to share their concert with more than 10.5 million people across 11 Pacific islands - makes them natural ambassadors of music for Aotearoa."