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Last updated 16:16 27/08/2014

Dunedin-born bass singer Jonathan Lemalu's ice-bucket challenge.

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You can only hope that Jonathan Lemalu knows a good dry-cleaner, after he endured not one, but two ice-bucket challenges today*.

Dressed in his finest performance tails, NZSO bass singer Lemalu headed for Civic Square to decline the challenge he'd received, but instead a mysterious man, later identified as one Jason Henderson, doused him twice in the space of 30 seconds.

* Actually, it was all staged, with Lemalu in on the stunt, in which participants pour a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative nerve disease.

Lemalu's script pretended that he had to decline the invitation to take part in the ice challenge as he was about to go on stage to sing The Creation with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, but he was iced instead.

As is customary, he then extended the challenge to three others.

- Haydn's The Creation, featuring the NZSO and Orpheus Choir of Wellington, is on Friday, August 29, at 6.30pm at the Michael Fowler Center, before moving to Auckland and Dunedin.

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