Oh boy, Ronan's here, and he's on a mission

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014
Storm Uechtritz and Ronan Keating
JOHN COWPLAND/Fairfax NZ
WINE MISSION: Ronan Keating and Aussie girlfriend Storm Uechtritz arrive at Napier airport yesterday ahead of the Mission Estate Winery Concert tomorrow.

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Ronan Keating touched down in Hawke's Bay last night and made it clear he was a man on a mission.

The former Boyzone member is part of the British and Irish Invasion performing at the Mission Estate Winery Concert tomorrow.

But he has another target in his sights too. He plans to stay for a couple of days and, when asked what his favourite Hawke's Bay wine was, he replied: "I'll tell you when I leave. I've got to try them all first."

He arrived at Hawke's Bay Airport last night with Australian girlfriend Storm Uechtritz after a pit stop in Sydney.

The pair started going out in 2012 after they met on the set of X Factor Australia, on which he was a judge.

The Dublin-born 36-year-old said he was "feeling great" after suffering a mysterious illness last month.

"I'm looking forward to the gig. It's great to be here."

Keating rose to fame in the 1990s in boy band Boyzone. He has since sold more than 25 million records as a solo artist, including hitting No 1 in Britain, Ireland and New Zealand with his debut single, When You Say Nothing At All.

Others in the Mission concert lineup are former Spice Girl Melanie C, Sharon Corr, Billy Ocean and Leo Sayer, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Sayer's career spans four decades. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing won a Grammy award and was certified gold, along with other hits When I Need You and More Than I Can Say.

Ocean had one of the biggest hits of the 80s with Get Out Of My Dreams; Get Into My Car. He is the biggest black recording act Britain has produced, and has a number of gold and platinum records.

Sharon Corr, of Irish band The Corrs, has recently released her second solo album and works as a coach on TV show The Voice of Ireland.

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- The Dominion Post

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