A major fundraising concert for Christchurch residents affected by the February earthquake will take place on Friday.
Taranaki4Canterbury, organized by New Zealand Broadcasting School student Cameron Betts, will be headlined by Anika Moa and Opshop, featuring Canterbury musicians The Dukes and The Eastern.
To be held on Friday, March 25 at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, the event is expected to attract 15,000 people and raise $250,000 for the NZ Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.
In addition to organising Taranaki4Canterbury, Betts has also been fielding calls from world media regarding the earthquake, drawing on his own experience of the devastating tremor.
“After the earthquake, being the broadcasting student that I am, I thought I would get the story to the world media,” said Betts. One tweet later and American networks NBC, CNN and Fox News were in immediate contact.
“It was pretty cool,” said Betts.
“I made some really good contacts and, in America, I have an open invitation to tour the NBC studio and the same in Hong Kong for CNN. It was weird thinking that my voice, my story was broadcast to millions, and I mean millions, of Americans.”
A student of digital film and television production, Bett’s first instinct was also to grab his camera. His resulting images were broadcast to American TV audiences to accompany his interviews.