Songbird Moa on course for pro-am golf concert

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Acclaimed Kiwi musician Anika Moa will sing at the New Zealand Open and pro-am golf tournament at The Hills, near Arrowtown. 

Moa will perform at an Open Sounds outdoor concert on the Saturday night of the four-day tournament with young local singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith (right) as her opening act. 

The concert, at the Open’s food, wine and entertainment zone dubbed The 19th, comes after rising Kiwi star Jamie McDell sang during the combined NZ PGA Championship and pro-am at The Hills last summer. 

Moa, named best female solo artist at three NZ Music Awards, this week released her Songs For Bubbas album – instrumentals include hand claps and animal noises. 

Blues/folk musician Arrowsmith, 19, won Queenstown singer-songwriter contest, Songstars, last year, and released her first EP, The River, in June. 

Last month she won a Queenstown Roost Mortgage Brokers ‘Do Your Thing’ $10,000 scholarship. 

The Open concert is being sponsored by local wine brand Amisfield and will be on March 1, the Saturday night before the tournament’s final round the following day. 

Tournament director Michael Glading, a former music industry bigwig, says: “We promised to build this event annually and increase the entertainment, social, food and wine factor.” 

Tournament organisers last week confirmed three cricketing greats will be playing in the pro-am at The Hills and nearby Millbrook Resort – former Australian captains Ricky Ponting and Allan Border plus ex-NZ skipper Stephen Fleming.