20 Oct 2009

New Zealand benefit concert raises thousands for Samoa

8:42 am on 20 October 2009

A benefit concert in New Zealand to raise money for tsunami ravaged Samoa is thought to have raised almost 225-thousand US dollars.

The concert, held at Auckland's Vector Arena last night, saw New Zealand's top musicians join the cause.

The idea for the fundraiser came from hip hop stars Scribe and Savage, who says the disaster has had a major impact on him

"My family village is Lalomanu and its one of the villages that was devastated, pretty much destroyed. I do have family that have passed away on my grandmother's side, 14 members of that family in another village."

Other artists including Tim and Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn, and Bic Runga played to an almost sold out crowd.

Four more benefit gigs are scheduled for New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin over the next week.