Concert focuses on boosting voters

Local musicians with the help of TV celebrity Tamati Coffey are working to whip up enthusiasm to get Nelsonians to vote at the general election.

This Sunday the former TV weatherman and New Zealand's Got Talent host will MC the Rock n' Out the Roll - Vote 2014 at the Playhouse near Mapua.

Coffey is also the Labour Party candidate for Rotorua.

The concert is a volunteer initiative conceived by local musicians to encourage people to vote at the September 20 election.

Organiser of the event, Harmony Aquarian, said getting people on the electoral roll was the aim of the event and it was not affiliated with a specific political party or ideology. Performers at the event will include Aly Cook, New Zealand's Female Country Artist of the Year in 2012, local band The Dions, as well as Garin College songstress Gabriella Atkinson.

The all-day event takes place at The Playhouse Cafe from midday until 8pm on Sunday. It is a free/koha, family-friendly event.

The Nelson Mail