Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Global Citizen Project - Auckland Town Hall, Sunday August 4

Poverty is one of those words that unsettles politicians the world over. A sense of NIMBYism often ensues, a shame-about-what-is-happening-there approach married with a thank-God-we-got-our-shit-sussed-here disclaimer. Yet, clearly, poverty is a global issue and something that we are not immune to here in New Zealand - large tracts of our suburban and rural population could attest to that. Great to see then, that The Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organisation, striving to end the extreme global poverty that affects more than 1.2 billion people is alive and well in Aotearoa. Teaming with other venerable organisations such as World Vision, VSA, Childfund, Oxfam, Unicef, TEAR Fund and the P3 Foundation the Global Poverty Project have been using that most unifying of things, music, to bring the issue to the forefront of the young and conscious alike by staging concerts around the world. One such concert in New York recently was a massive success and it is with an element of pride that we advise of a New Zealand version. The Global Citizen Concert will take place at the Auckland Town Hall on Sunday, August 4. A raft of high quality kiwi acts are repping the cause; Tiki Taane, Anika Moa, Jamie McDell, Seth Haapu, Ahoiribuzz and Maitreya to name a few. That sounds like a sweetly combined sound for a cause - that given the problem affects one sixth of the world's population - might just be one of the biggest 'causes' around. In suitably empathetic terms, tickets can either be 'earned' or purchased at Globalcitizen.org so do your bit, get along and support the supporters...

Mr Tiki Taane