Queenstown sings for Japan (with video)


Queenstowners are reaching out to tsunami-ravaged Japan at a special tribute concert today.

Local musos are performing for free over eight hours at the special “Ganbare Japan” gig at the Village Green.

Favourites like Margaret O’Hanlan, Mark Wilson, Pearly McGrath, Natsuko Okazaki and Jamie Relton are playing while the Salvation Army and Red Cross collect donations. A local Japanese choir also sang.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden told the crowd that in the wake of recent disasters like the Pike River mine accident, the two devastating Canterbury earthquakes and most recently the catastrophe in Japan, “if there’s one thing we’ve gained it’s a strong sense of perspective”.

“We all have the chance to help do something god in the face of this awful event…Use the privilege of perspective to remember how lucky we are and do what you can – just like [Japan] did for us.”

Ganbare Japan falls on the same day a powerful 7.1 aftershock hit the country, reportedly killing two and injuring more than 100.