Radio 1XX Community Show
Kawerau Christmas in the Park is proud to promote local and regional talent at this year’s Community Show!
- Colin Magee
- Arona Kerei Snr
- Kawerau Putauaki – Kapa Haka
- Faith Pryor – Kawerau Youth
- Timeless Black – Whakatāne Youth Band
- Kawerau Combined Choir – Students from four schools led by Liz Tamblyn
- Tarawera High School – Senior Choir, led by Liz Tamblyn
- Urban Dance – Tauranga Based Dance group
- Kawerau Country Club – Kawerau Band
- Sherraijka Bruintjes – Kawerau Youth
- Churn E – Eastern Bay Band
- Alex Handley – Duet
- Nikau and the Natives – Rotorua Blues Band
- The Huneybee Wild – Duet
- Head Rush – Kawerau Band
- Steps Dance – Whakatāne Based Dance group
- I’ll Take Two – Duet Shelley Akuhata and Tumanako Farrell
Ben Gilgen - Musical Director
Ben has attained the highest level in Piano and Keyboard performance in Jazz and Contemporary Pop both as a soloist and ensemble.
Ben played and recorded on two New Zealand Jazz albums of the year and also played and recorded with the band Ardijah having success on the NZ pop charts.
He also played piano and keyboards amidst the likes of Lionel Richie, Annie Crummer, Billy T James, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Howard Morrison, The Koi Boys, Stan Walker and the list goes on and on.
Ben is currently and has been the Musical Director for John Rowles for over 2 decades.
The Kawerau Christmas Showband
The Kawerau Christmas Showband contains seven of New Zealand’s most
accomplished musicians that have provided musical accompaniment to Major
International Celebrities / World Famous Musicals & Popular New Zealand
television series such as Dancing with the Stars.
MC Tamati Coffey
For many New Zealanders, Tamati Coffey is a familiar and friendly face.
An award-winning presenter whose work in the broadcasting industry has spanned a decade. Since leaving full-time television in 2013, he has actively pursued a career in politics.
Tamati’s career has taken him all around New Zealand, and had him engaging with communities right across the country. In past years Tamati has made cameo appearances to our Kawerau Christmas in the Park but tonight he will be your host, your master of ceremonies.
Ria is a powerful live performer, who’s sought after live set has seen her play to audiences of thousands at a number of festivals across Australasia. Ria’s debut album was released October 27, 2017 and went number 1 in the Top 40 NZ Album Charts.
The live set is best described as an experience that showcases her enormous vocal range and ability to effortlessly transition between styles.
Always in demand, Ria Hall has collaborated extensively with a diverse range of artists and producers such as Electric Wire Hustle, Fly My Pretties, and Tiki Taane.
2019 sees Ria return to the studio, working on a new album alongside Laughton Kora. The reggaeinfused album will be released in early 2020, with a number of tasters to come in 2019.
Ray Woolf has sung across many genres, both on stage, and over a long run of music and variety shows on television.
Playing in bands from the age of 13, he went on to a short stint at a London singing school, where he met and worked with future singing star Helen Shapiro.
Ray spent time in short-lived band the Newsounds, before winning fame in Auckland popstar’s Ray Woolf and the Avengers. The Avengers released three singles, one of them nominated for a Loxene Golden Disc Award, before Woolf departed to present radio series Pop-a-Long.
Woolf began singing on local television early, with 1962 teen show In the Groove. Ray’s versatility saw him featuring in an impressive line of New Zealand television shows. Like “C’mon” “Two on One” and “Happen Inn” alongside singer Suzanne Lynch. His 18 months co-presenting the classic children’s show “Play School” provided valuable experience in scripts, acting and how TV works.
In 1979 he got his own singing and talk slot, “The Ray Woolf Show”.
The format saw him interviewing international guests, singing and filming clips around the country. Ray won many awards for best television light entertainer for four years straight. Alongside Sir Howard Morrison he also did 12 year’s worth of TV adverts for Bic lighters, Razors and Pens
Ray Woolf begun expanding his performance skills beyond music and musicals into the acting and film industry with roles in soaps and series such as The MacKenzie Affair / Marlin Bay / The Strip / Mortimer’s Patch and Street Legal.
Woolf made his movie debut in Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong.
In 2011 series “Nothing Trivial” he played father to Shane Cortese’s character. Woolf described the role as “a bit of a philanderer, loves the ladies; 60 going on 70, but thinks he’s 35”. In true story telemovie Siege he played a Napier man caught up in a shoot-out.
Long a believer in performing live, Woolf has sung with the very best in the business and toured New Zealand theatres in everything from The Sound of Music to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
In 2007 Woolf was awarded with a Benny, the supreme award given by the NZ Variety Club. A Queen’s Service Medal and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit followed, both marking his services to entertainment. Ray Woolf is truly a legend of the New Zealand entertainment industry.
Freddie Mercury aka Steve Larkins
Steve grew up in Dunedin, and during the 1970s he worked as a travel agent for the Government Tourist Bureau.
In 1977, he went on the road as a professional musician, eventually playing keyboard and back-up vocals for bands including When the Cat’s Away, Dave Dobbyn, Midge Marsden and Ardijah.
It was not until 2000, when he was performing at a concert in Darwin, that he discovered his ability to recreate the great pretender Freddie Mercury.
”I was singing We Will Rock You” and all my fellow performers that were present like Ray Columbus, Comedian Mike King and Jordan Luck, from the Exponents, all said the same thing! You’ve got to do something with that!
Steve bought a yellow leather jacket and some white pants and combined it with some Freddie Mercury’s moves and the great pretender was born again.
Steve has been performing his Mercury Rising show for 16 years now. The past eight on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess cruise ships around the World.
Modern Māori Quartet
The award-winning Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) are a good looking, suave contemporary Māori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Māori Volcanics Showband, Māori Hi-Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.
Accomplished actors/musicians James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora hail from different corners of Aotearoa to perform as the core members of MMQ, with Matu Ngaropo as Music Dramaturg/Director.
MMQ brings the concept of a Māori Ratpack into the present with a contemporary twist, weaving their acting and musical abilities together to tell stories, fusing hearty and humorous Māori storytelling with the Western tradition of showband entertainment.
MMQ’s work highlights New Zealand’s musical past and present through a repertoire that blends old school charm with modern pizzazz, featuring unique spins on Māori waiata, showband hits and pop music, all infused with the multi-talented Māori foursome’s irresistible charisma, sublime harmonies and universal humour.
House Of Shem
This band seamlessly fuses traditional and contemporary styles to create an authentic blend of reggae,
embodying the sounds of Maori, Polynesian, and Spiritual roots in their music. And it’s this vibe that is
at the heart of their new singles ‘Overtime’ and ‘Te Whetu Marama’.
Bursting onto the scene with their debut album KEEP RISING in 2008, House Of Shem rapidly built a loyal fan base, becoming the first reggae band in Aotearoa to debut at number one on the day of release (with their sophomore effort ISLAND VIBRATION). The release of their third album HARMONY brought more attention to the three-piece from around the globe, touring to sold-out shows throughout the USA, Hawaii, and Australia, as well as at home.
House Of Shem is one of New Zealand’s most successful reggae bands, having so far earned two Gold
album certifications, several Maori music awards and multiple Vodafone New Zealand Music award