Show­band’s last show in Porirua

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‘‘An event like The Last Stand Tour will likely be the fi­nal re­union of this era of mu­sic for th­ese pop­u­lar bands, and we hope the lineup of in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tain­ers will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­where they go.’’

The In­ter­na­tional Maori Vol­canics Show­band are bring­ing their unique style to Porirua’s Te Rau­paraha Arena on Fe­bru­ary 11.

The cob­bled-to­gether band, which cel­e­brates the 1960s and 1970s era of show­bands, fea­tures mem­bers and friends of bands such as the Hi Fives, The Quin Tikis, The Hi Quins and The Cast­aways for The Last Stand Tour.

The tour will fea­ture con­certs in Whangarei, Auck­land, Ro­torua and Porirua.

Pub­li­cist Annette Paki said there are many peo­ple out there who har­bour fond me­mories of the ‘‘good old days’’ of the show­band era.

‘‘An event like The Last Stand Tour will likely be the fi­nal re­union of this era of mu­sic for th­ese pop­u­lar bands, and we hope the lineup of in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tain­ers will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated ev­ery­where they go,’’ she said.

Many of the In­ter­na­tional Maori Vol­canics Show­band have re­turned home from Las Ve­gas and other over­seas bases to be in Auck­land.

They have put the fi­nal tour on in light of sev­eral mem­bers pass­ing away re­cently, Paki said.

Ma­hora and Billy Peters of the Maori Vol­canics are putting the con­certs to­gether and prom­ise that there will not be the cal­i­bre of this lineup ever again.

Paki said there is also the hope to hold work­shops for the public and es­tab­lish a Maori Mu­si­cians and En­ter­tain­ers Hall of Fame in the near fu­ture.

‘‘That way we can en­sure there is a so­cial and cul­tural foot­print left and the huge col­lec­tive and in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tion made all over the world by Maori en­ter­tain­ers is recog­nised.’’

The work­shops, Paki said, could un­earth the next gen­er­a­tion of show­band per­form­ers that could find them­selves on stage in Las Ve­gas, Hawaii and else­where.

The Te Rau­paraha Arena show be­gins at 7.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 11 and is the only one in this re­gion.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Tick­etDirect and are $45, with front row seat­ing cost­ing $75.

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