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by hellomyfriend » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:48 am


Conchords set to play in Masterton
14.03.2009
By Matt Stewart

The world's biggest digi-folk duo The Flight of the Conchords is set to touch down in Masterton, playing an exclusive fundraiser for Jemaine Clement's old school Makoura College.

Organisers are hoping Clement and Conchords compatriot Bret McKenzie (of south-South Wairarapa∨ Wellington) will pack out the 2000 seat Genesis Recreation Centre on Tuesday, March 31  the venue was chosen over the 550 person capacity school hall, deemed too small to handle such a huge international (and half-homegrown) act.

Makoura's celebrity coup follows months of negotiations between Makoura teacher Rae McKenzie and the duo - who were tentatively booked to play at the college's 40th anniversary in December but couldn't front because the dates clashed with filming of the second series of the Flight of the Conchords' TV series in New York, which is currently airing on the Prime network.

Clement lent his high-profile voice to the chorus of support for the beleaguered school when it was threatened with closure last year and contacted Mrs McKenzie asking what he could do to help.

In an email sent to supportmakoura website founder Andrew Hutchby in July, Clement defended the school against its supposedly "rough" public perception and went on to praise the school.

"In truth, Makoura was the opposite of its reputation," Clement said.

"No gangs of 13-year-old thugs terrorised the science block. You couldn't get whiskey with your salad at the school canteen. Not one knife fight ever erupted during our sustained silent reading class.

"In fact it was a pleasure to attend. Students were taught respect for each other. There is no old-fashioned prefect system which teaches pupils that some kids are important and others aren't or gives some students power over others.

"Rather, students are taught to value and respect their fellow students, help them with their problems and listen to their opinions," he said.

Mrs McKenzie said Clement was currently in discussion with Conchord's partner Bret McKenzie ironing out the final details.

"We're hoping we can sell it out or sell as many tickets as possible -- we're all very excited," she said.

Makoura staff met today to finalise arrangements for the gig and Mrs McKenzie said tickets would likely be available through Destination Wairarapa at the information centre on Dixon Street opposite Queen Elizabeth Park - she said the $50 tickets would probably be on sale by Wednesday.

A powhiri welcoming the Conchords at the college would precede the concert in the afternoon, she said.

The gig forms part of a mini-charity tour following another fundraiser for the Wellington City Mission and Wellington Tennis to be held on March 20 at the Renouf Centre. Mrs McKenzie said she hadn't used any clan influence to clinch the deal with fellow McKenzie, Bret, to whom she is not directly related.


*Flight of the Conchords, Genesis Recreation Centre, Masterton, Tuesday March 31, 8pm, tickets $50 per person.

source: http://www.times-age.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3795980
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by gezyka » Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:16 am

Cross-posted here in case anyone wants to read more about the Makoura College issue: http://www.sarahhodgkiss.com/fl/viewtopic.php?t=610&start=30#86909 :)
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by drunkagain » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:30 am


Conchords play Masterton
BY TANYA KATTERNS - The Dominion Post Last updated 05:00 17/03/2009

He is set to play Radio City Music Hall in New York next month, but first Jemaine Clement will play a school fundraiser in his old hometown.

The Grammy Award-winning Kiwi comic and his Flight of the Conchords sidekick Bret McKenzie are winging their way to Masterton for one concert to bolster the coffers of Clement's once-struggling college.

Clement dropped the "bombshell" in an email to teacher Rae McKenzie at Makoura College late last week.

Mrs McKenzie said Clement had contacted the school last year after news broke of its threatened closure.

He asked what he could do to help. "At the time we discussed the idea of a fundraiser. Out of the blue last week, he emailed and said, `I am available between March 27 and March 31 to do a concert.'

"It is amazing that this young man, who has worldwide fame, still wants to invest back into his community."

With just two weeks' warning, Makoura College has been scrambling to make the concert happen. "It is a huge deal for Masterton, to have this level of entertainment, and because someone cares enough about his community is an incredible boost."

There are just 2000 tickets for the March 31 show. They will go on sale to Wairarapa residents on Thursday, with general sales opening on Friday.

"We were going to charge $50 but Jemaine and Bret have made it clear that they want the ticket price dropped given the tough economic times and the fact they want the show to be accessible for as many local people as possible," Mrs McKenzie said. "We as a school have agreed on $40 but even that is not low enough for what they were hoping for."

Clement attended Makoura College in the 1980s while growing up in a Masterton state house with his mother Merianne McArdell and two brothers.

Money from the concert will go toward a performing arts department for the 250 pupils.

source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/2267956/Conchords-play-Masterton
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by ladytronzapatista » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:35 pm

This is good stuff, and good news. Glad the guys are not only helping the school, but encouraging the arts as well. [image]
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by hellomyfriend » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:41 pm


Conchords' tickets reduced in price

17.03.2009
By Matt Stewart

The hottest tickets in town -- for the upcoming Flight of the Conchord's Makoura College fundraiser -- just got even more affordable.

Already a steal at the previously reported $50, Makoura's most famous son, Jemaine Clement, has announced tickets for the March 31 gig would drop to $40 in an effort to ensure the one-off show is accessible to the entire community.

The duo's "acoustic-digi-bongo-acapella-rap-funk-comedy-folk sound" has won them a devoted international following and is a huge coup for Makoura.

Clement has been a staunch and vocal supporter of the beleaguered school since learning of its threatened closure last year.



The much-coveted tickets to the Grammy-winning, Emmy-nominated Conchords' show -- to be staged at Masterton's 2000-seater Genesis Recreation Centre -- will now go on sale on Thursday exclusively from the i-SITE on Dixon Street.

To ensure locals get first dibs all Thursday sales must be in person and over-the-counter at the i-SITE, which has specially extended hours from 9am till 6.30pm on the day to accommodate the influx expected for the high-profile pair.

Thursday sales can only be made using cash, credit, card or Eftpos -- cheques will be not accepted.

From Friday onwards credit card bookings will be available from 9am-5pm by calling 370-0900.

Reserved seats are unavailable and doors to the venue will be open at 6pm so seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

All sales will be limited to 10 tickets per person to combat online scalping and the "Trade Me effect", organiser Rae McKenzie said.

Mrs McKenzie said the Conchords are to be welcomed on to the school with a powhiri in the afternoon before the concert. Makoura students will then be given a super-exclusive treat with a mini-set from the pair in the school hall, which is strictly closed to the public.

n Masterton i-SITE, 5 Dixon Street, open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, phone 370-0950.

source: http://www.times-age.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3796012
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by giggletycoon » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:51 pm


hellomyfriend wrote:
Mrs McKenzie said the Conchords are to be welcomed on to the school with a powhiri in the afternoon before the concert. Makoura students will then be given a super-exclusive treat with a mini-set from the pair in the school hall, which is strictly closed to the public.


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by SheWolf » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:35 pm

Awesomeness [image]
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by murrayland » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:06 pm

It is amazing, what a good school Makoura must be.

I learned about what a powhiri is here:
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/features/powhiri/powhiri-introduction.cfm

Pretty amazing, and a great honor. Deserved, obviously.
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by tanfastic » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:04 pm

http://makoura-college.school.nz/index_frame.htm

It's not what we call college in America, I believe it's middle school thru high school? Jem gets a little plug on the website (no names mentioned). Also a school Maori dance photo reminiscent of Whale Rider.
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by chloe » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:01 pm

In NZ they call highschool "college" and college "university."
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by conchorddawn » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:00 am

Just to make things confusing ;D

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by Amily » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:59 am


Conchords to play Masterton, Sell Out in 91 Mins
Thursday, 19 March 2009, 1:18 pm
Press Release: Destination Wairarapa19 March 2009
Media Release – for immediate release

Local people have snapped up the opportunity to see Flight of the Conchords Grammy award winning comedy duo give a one off performance on home-turf in Masterton ,Wairarapa, next week. The 1600 tickets to the event sold out in ninety-one minutes.

Some fans slept on the streets to make sure they were first in the queue to buy the much coveted tickets. Local boy Jemaine Clement thrilled local fans with his decision to play a small venue in his home town, a fundraiser for his old school Makoura College. Tickets were offered in advance of today’s sales to students of the college.

Flight of the Conchords will play the Masterton Genesis Energy Recreation Centre on Tuesday 31st March at 8pm. Seats will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Plans to offer remaining tickets for telephone sales tomorrow will not now be necessary.


Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0903/S00277.htm

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by gezyka » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:16 am


Flight of the Conchords is coming to town

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by Brenda Anderson

They're giving a one-off concert as a fundraiser for Jemaine's old high school Makoura College here in Masterton on March 31st. Tickets (in person only) went on sale at 9am. A small number camped out overnight. I joined the queue after dropping the kids at the school bus so arrived about 8:40am. Had my tickets in hand at 10am... so not too bad and the weather was perfect.

I would suspect they have sold out by now (it's almost 11am) so I guess they won't be having to cope with all the phone sales that were scheduled to start tomorrow.

Good on Jemaine for thinking of his old school and requesting that the tickets first be sold to locals so that his hometown folks wouldn't miss out. They also took down everyone's name & number so if anyone starts scalping the tickets, they can cancel them.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/curiouskiwi/3366585144/

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by Amily » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:54 am


Conchords set to play in Masterton
14.03.2009
By Matt Stewart

The world's biggest digi-folk duo The Flight of the Conchords is set to touch down in Masterton, playing an exclusive fundraiser for Jemaine Clement's old school Makoura College.

Organisers are hoping Clement and Conchords compatriot Bret McKenzie (of south-South Wairarapa∨ Wellington) will pack out the 2000 seat Genesis Recreation Centre on Tuesday, March 31  the venue was chosen over the 550 person capacity school hall, deemed too small to handle such a huge international (and half-homegrown) act.

Makoura's celebrity coup follows months of negotiations between Makoura teacher Rae McKenzie and the duo - who were tentatively booked to play at the college's 40th anniversary in December but couldn't front because the dates clashed with filming of the second series of the Flight of the Conchords' TV series in New York, which is currently airing on the Prime network.

Clement lent his high-profile voice to the chorus of support for the beleaguered school when it was threatened with closure last year and contacted Mrs McKenzie asking what he could do to help.

In an email sent to supportmakoura website founder Andrew Hutchby in July, Clement defended the school against its supposedly "rough" public perception and went on to praise the school.

"In truth, Makoura was the opposite of its reputation," Clement said.

"No gangs of 13-year-old thugs terrorised the science block. You couldn't get whiskey with your salad at the school canteen. Not one knife fight ever erupted during our sustained silent reading class.

"In fact it was a pleasure to attend. Students were taught respect for each other. There is no old-fashioned prefect system which teaches pupils that some kids are important and others aren't or gives some students power over others.

"Rather, students are taught to value and respect their fellow students, help them with their problems and listen to their opinions," he said.

Mrs McKenzie said Clement was currently in discussion with Conchord's partner Bret McKenzie ironing out the final details.

"We're hoping we can sell it out or sell as many tickets as possible -- we're all very excited," she said.

Makoura staff met today to finalise arrangements for the gig and Mrs McKenzie said tickets would likely be available through Destination Wairarapa at the information centre on Dixon Street opposite Queen Elizabeth Park - she said the $50 tickets would probably be on sale by Wednesday.

A powhiri welcoming the Conchords at the college would precede the concert in the afternoon, she said.

The gig forms part of a mini-charity tour following another fundraiser for the Wellington City Mission and Wellington Tennis to be held on March 20 at the Renouf Centre. Mrs McKenzie said she hadn't used any clan influence to clinch the deal with fellow McKenzie, Bret, to whom she is not directly related.


*Flight of the Conchords, Genesis Recreation Centre, Masterton, Tuesday March 31, 8pm, tickets $50 per person.


Source: http://www.times-age.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3795980
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by gezyka » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:10 am


Landing of the Conchords tickets

By TANYA KATTERNS - The Dominion Post
Last updated 05:00 20/03/2009

He had already started booking a flight to the Conchords but this gig is for locals only.

A Florida man desperate to see Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords planned to fly to New Zealand for their one-off Masterton show.

He was one of several people from around the world begging for tickets to the March 31 concert, which will raise money for Jemaine Clement's old school, Makoura College.

But it was first come, first served at Masterton's Information Centre, with locals snapping up all 1400 tickets in just 91 minutes.

The Florida fan missed out, despite the lengths he was prepared to go to see the Kiwi funny men.

"He was gutted when told no. It was one-day counter sales only," organiser and Makoura College teacher Rae McKenzie said.

Clement has "gifted" his old school with the concert during a whirlwind holiday back in New Zealand before a US tour in April.

The school was threatened by closure last year but has won a fight for survival. The scramble for tickets drew people from near and far, including Auckland. Dozens, carrying chairs, deck chairs and mattresses, began arriving in Masterton's arts precinct at 5pm on Wednesday. Just 1400 of the 2000 tickets were on sale.

Steph Kusel was so determined to get tickets as a surprise for her teenage daughters that she drove from her home in Lower Hutt to camp out.

"It is all a bit crazy. I have never done anything like this before and it has been quite exciting. What a fantastic opportunity for Masterton and it will really put it on the map.

"That's what the Flight of the Conchords wanted and I think they've succeeded."

Fifteen-year-olds Courtney Osborne and Gabrielle Harnden had their parents' permission to camp out and were third through the door when sales opened at 9am yesterday. "How often does something like this come to Masterton? It is something we will remember for the rest of our lives. We are late for school now and I just hope we don't get a detention. That would be pretty mean."

The concert is expected to raise more than $60,000 toward a performing arts programme for the school.

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/2278136/Landing-of-the-Conchords-tickets

Um, I'm pretty sure that guy should have been able to find even scalped tickets for less than a flight to Wellington... :P
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