Going strong since 2008
It’s been a good few years since we first began playing at the Johnsonville Christmas Parade, and we always love taking part.
A great community event, and a nice long street parade we can really get our teeth into. Plus we get to wear Santa hats and spruce up our drums with tinsel and Christmas decorations, and that’s never a bad thing.
Freezing our butts off for a great cause
Once again this year we were invited to entertain participants in the Walking Stars Charity Walk. Walking Stars is a night-time walking half marathon bringing people together to raise vital funds in support of local people living with cancer.
Following our performance at the Taste of Cultures Charity Fundraising Dinner 2020 – the World Refugees Day event for New Zealand Red Cross – we were invited to do a little show to entertain delegates at the Red Cross New Zealand National Meeting.
Team photo before the performance for the NZ Red Cross National Council meeting. With us is Shaun Greaves, GM Humanitarian Development who we spotted dancing at the back of the room during our show.
…while at the front of the room, Dr Ashley Bloomfield appeared to be beaming his approval. From all accounts he was wearing the biggest smile in the room.
Our lives are now complete.
One of the things we love about performing is that every gig is completely different. Different venue, costumes, set and audience. Different reactions from people who in many cases have never heard our music before. Last night it was an honour to perform with Dr Ashley Bloomfield in attendance at The NZ Red Cross National Council Meeting. His reaction was one of surprise, amazement and joy. Thanks Dr Bloomfield, you made our night.
A dance and cultural event with Ollin Yolitzli
This most excellent Day of the Dead event was a collaboration between the group Ollin Yolitzli (Mexican traditional dance) and Aro Valley Community Centre.
We were invited to lead everyone in a parade from Aro Valley park to Aro Valley Hall as an introduction to the main event in the Hall.
A World Refugees Day event for New Zealand Red Cross
What a lovely event to have been invited to.
Taste of Cultures is an event in its third year, and is an opportunity to celebrate World Refugee Day, support our refugee background whanau and fundraise for our programmes. We will have previous clients of ours consulting with the chefs at Te Papa to develop a menu that is inspired by our Taste of Cultures recipe book.
NZ Red Cross event description
The last gig before lockdown…
Although we didn’t realise it at the time, the 2020 Newtown Fair was our last gig before lockdown, just over two weeks later. It was also to be the last gig with our dear friend Mathew Gale.
Fundraising for our emergency services
This was our first time at the Life Flight Trust Open Day – and it was a beautiful day for it.
It was quite exciting to be hanging out amongst the planes, helicopters, emergency vehicles, dashing life-saving-emergency-personnel, and cute rescue dogs. And banana dogs! Don’t forget those fruit-sniffing heroes!
A rainbow morning
The Pride Hikoi is a waterfront Rainbow parade from Civic Square that culminates in the opening of the Out in the Park event in Waitangi Park. We were asked by some of our Rainbow members and allies to drum and dance at this event, which we were delighted to do.
An early start to a fun-filled morning
We were invited to perform at the Round the Bays event (for the Fiji Airways Corporate Zone), entertaining the runners as they race past. Our drummers and dancers performed from 7:45am to 9:30 am – playing off and on for runner groups passing by.
A magical night on the waterfront
You know how sometimes you get those lovely performances where everything just feels right – and you don’t know how or why, but it’s a great experience when it happens?
This was one of those nights.