NZ Musicians Raise Funds For Cyclone Victims

The New Zealand music community launched a number of fund-raising initiatives for cyclone victims in Vanuatu. 

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Cyclone Pam tore through the tiny Pacific island mid-March, affecting half its 760,000 population, killing 24 and damaging up to 90 percent of houses.

Trinity Roots raised NZ$3,000 (US$2272.30) auctioning an hour-long concert at a fan’s living room. The Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds and Circa posted signed albums and artworks as part of the Art4Vanuatu auction.

Circa keyboardist and vocalist Holly McGeorge will travel with Volunteer Vanuatu to help rebuild its communities.

Newtown Rocksteady played a fund raiser in Wellington alongside Vanuatuan reggae outfit Young Life who were touring New Zealand at the time and lost their homes and possessions. The city’s Whanganui Musicians’ Club is donating all its proceeds from its April meet to Young Life.