Maori TV to broadcast telethon for Christchurch

9:45 am on 28 April 2011

Maori Television is to broadcast a 12-hour telethon for Christchurch on 22 May, three months after the February earthquake.

The event will be called Rise UP Christchurch - Te Kotahitanga and include activities held in London, Los Angeles and Sydney.

Spokesperson Brooke Howard-Smith says all proceeds will go to the people of Christchurch.

Dairy cooperative Fonterra is contributing $500,000 towards production and administration costs.

Mr Howard-Smith says the telethon will be broadcast live on Maori Television and also streamed live online.

He says the telethon is supported by a range of well-known New Zealanders including Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Rachel Hunter, Anna Paquin and Martin Henderson.