On Saturday April 13 in Auckland and Wednesday April 17 in Christchurch the New Zealand music industry will come together to present two concert events YOU ARE US/AROHA NUI to raise funds and donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Christchurch Mayoral Relief Fund helping those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks.
Some of New Zealand’s biggest acts will take to the stage alongside performers and speakers of cultural diversity all standing together in a safe space for us to honour those who lost their lives and family members on March 15 2019.
These events are being produced by the industry’s main music promoters working together with support from various organisations from New Zealand and other parts of the world. Other cities from around the world are following suit and planning similar events.
Both events will be hosted by MIKE KING (New Zealander of the Year). The official line up of performers and cultural speakers will differ in each city. Artists who have already confirmed their appearances are ANIKA MOA, BENE, BIC RUNGA, DAVE DOBBYN, FAT FREDDY’S DROP, HOLLIE SMITH, ILLBAZ, MARLON WILLIAMS, MITCH JAMES, SHAPESHIFTER, SHIHAD, SIX60, STAN WALKER + SETH HAAPU, TEEKS and THE ADULTS. More acts will be confirmed in the coming days.
Uber & Lime
Uber and Lime are both supporting 'You Are Us (Aroha Nui) by donating the value of trip fares to and from the concert to the Our People, Our City Fund. If you are using Lime, please utilise the drop off locations shown in the app.
“We just had to step up together and do something to help the devastated families but also to show that we are one country” - said promoter Brent Eccles, Eccles Entertainment
“Music has the power to heal and bring us together in ways nothing else does. It is a unifying force across cultures, languages and religions and we will use music to honour the ones we have lost, their families and all affected by this tragedy,” said promoter Mark Kneebone, Live Nation.
YOU ARE US/AROHA NUI could not be put together at such short notice on this large scale without the help of multiple people and organisations within New Zealand. In an effort to donate the full proceeds from ticket sales many are giving their time and equipment at no cost. Full accounting figures will be made available on completion of both events at www.youareus.co.nz