3 Mar 2011

Cook Islands to hold concert in national stadium to raise quake funds

3:30 pm on 3 March 2011

Cook Islands Tourism says funds raised from a concert in the national auditorium will go towards relief efforts in the aftermath of both the Christchurch earthquake and flooding in Australia.

The director of destination development, Metua Vaiimene, says he expects the event on March 17th to attract a full auditorium of almost 3,000 people.

Mr Vaiimene says there'll be a flat-rate door entry and the musicians are offering their time for free.

"There'll be food on sale because you know Cook Islanders love to eat and there'll be lots of stalls and different activities and all of the funds will go towards what will become the basis of our national appeal."

Metua Vaiimene says Cook Islands Tourism is still working on the details of a proposal to offer free holidays to people who've gone beyond the call of duty during the earthquake recovery effort.