Aotearoa musicians unite in support of the homeless

By Online News - Rereātea
  • Auckland

After learning of the desperate support homeless whānau around Aotearoa are in need of, a group of musicians has united to ease the problem.

Music promoter Pato Alvarez along with well-known bands Sons of Zion, Three Houses Down, Tomorrow People, Che Fu, Pieter T and Swiss are joining forces to produce a concert called Music is Love.

Funds from the concert will go towards Te Puea Marae, the marae that has been housing the homeless for over a month.  

The group of musicians were inspired and humbled by the efforts of the kaimahi at Te Puea Marae and wanted to give back something in return. Their goal is to raise $100,000.

Three Houses Down lead singer Charlie Pomee says it saddens him to know everyday families could find themselves in a situation where they were no longer able to support each other. The fact that children were among the homeless was even more heartbreaking for himself and all those involved with Music is Love.

“My kids are why I wanted to put this show together.

I guess as a parent we want the best for our kids and sleeping in a car, we all know is unfair for any child,” Pomee says. 

Sons of Zion lead singer Rio Panapa says the inspirational work being conducted by Te Puea Marae leaders had motivated the group to use their talents in a meaningful way.

He says, “Everything we do in life has to have a ‘why?’ attached to it, a reason.

My reason is whanau, and this is an awesome opportunity to use our platforms to reach and help our most needy families."

Promoter Alvarez knows first-hand what it’s like to be homeless. He wants to help end it. It is because of his past experiences that he wanted to be a part of this event. 

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and hot food to eat.

I personally slept in the streets for three weeks when I arrived in New Zealand from South America 11 years ago.”

He never wanted to experience homelessness again and encouraged other businesses to get on board to help Kiwis doing it tough.

“If we want to make a better world for the future we have to start now.

Being in the music industry and doing what we love to give back to those who need it is the least we can do, and hopefully this inspires other businesses and companies to give as well,” Alvarez says. 

The artists will visit Te Puea Marae the day after the concert to deliver the funds raised from ticket sales.

Music is Love will be held on Thursday, July 14 at The Studio on Karangahape Road.