Organisers thankful for concert success

Tuesday June 12, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Beats of Betela special guest singer Hollie Smith (left) stopped by the Creative Centre last week to see what the concert fundraiser is really all about. 18060620 Beats of Betela special guest singer Hollie Smith (left) stopped by the Creative Centre last week to see what the concert fundraiser is really all about. 18060620

The Creative Centre hosted its third and arguably its best “Beats of Betela” concert beside the lagoon at Arorangi last Monday.

The sun shone, the crowd was mellow and the lineup of talent kept everyone fully entertained.

Now it is time to say a huge “meitaki maata” to the many people and businesses involved – without their help, this fundraising event would not have happened.

A big thank you to Air New Zealand for sponsoring our guest artists Hollie Smith and Marika Hodgson with airfares from Auckland so that they could take part in the day, and to Air Rarotonga, who flew them both out to Aitutaki at the weekend so they could enjoy the wonderful lagoon cruise.

No event is a success without publicity and we would like to thank CITV, 88FM and Cook Islands News, who helped to give the concert all-important exposure.

Meitaki Maata as well to Polynesian Rentals for providing a car for our guest artists and to Coast House Studio and Beluga Cafe for accommodation and warm hospitality.

You can’t hold a concert without a lot of equipment and for this we have to thank Rongohiva LED for providing the stage for our performers, No’oroa Tangiia for sound equipment and Ina Tipokoroa for the stage lighting. Big shout-out also to Lincoln Mael, our sound engineer, who made the whole thing rock.

General Transport generously provided the transportation of the stage and also helped keep the event tidy by providing wheelie bins and a skip. Raro Watt kept us lit up after the sun went down and Safeworx provided us with traffic cones for the roadside.

Cheers to Rarotonga Brewery for the hydration of our performers and to CITC for providing them with water and soft drinks.

Also looking after the welfare of our musicians was Trader Jacks, Vannia and Tai Roper who provided pizza and Palace Takeaways who donated two seafood platters.

Busy on the day was Mareko Boyd and his volunteers from Rotary and Rotaract, who helped to man the gates and provide support and security throughout the day.

Every event needs a good MC and this year we were lucky enough to have Tony Fe’ao to fill this role. He kept the show on the road and ensured everything went smoothly. Thank you.

Last, but certainly not least, our performers. O’Hiva Williams and Kiana Puna from Tereora College, Bryan, Lito and Mou, Katreena Smith and Natua, Kahiki, Anania Brown, The Rocking Jandals, The Nira Boys, Boogies, 3U, Trader’s Band and of course our guest artists Hollie Smith and Marika Hodgson.

From all of us here at the Creative Centre we would like to simply say Meitaki, Meitaki, Meitaki Maata.

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