Anika, Boh&Hollie return to Queenstown

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Three top Kiwi singer-songwriters are again performing for free to ensure the survival of a Queenstown family counselling service. 

Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith – acclaimed Kiwi solo artists as well as a trio – last year headlined a black tie function at Lake Hayes’ Stoneridge Estate that saved the beleaguered Queenstown Lakes Family Centre. 

This year, on June 7, they’re repeating the dose. 

“For them to do it twice in a row is outstandingly generous on their part,” board chair Geoff Shirley says. 

A year ago the financially-strapped centre, which helps between 200 and 300 under-stress families each year, was on the verge of closure. 

Centre staff attending a AnikaBoh&Hollie concert at Gibbston were bowled over when the trio, who’d been asked to sign CDs to sell at a fundraiser, volunteered to perform at it. 

“By an amazing coincidence, the fundraiser was planned for the only weekend they had off the whole year,” Shirley says. 

The function raised $36,000 to pull the centre out of the red. 

“But the funding continues to shrink so once again we have to go to the community and ask for their generosity one more time,” Shirley says. 

The singers were invited back by popular demand, he adds. 

This time the centre’s targeting $50,000 towards the operating cost of the community clinics it runs in three local primary schools – and Shirley says the centre provides a much-needed service to children and their families with mild to moderate mental health, behavioural and emotional issues. 

“People would just otherwise slip under the radar,” he says. 

This year’s black tie function will include a four-course dinner prepared by award-winning local chef Craig Hendry and donated wine. 

Silent and live auction items can be bid on during the night or online before the function.