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Tribute concert to launch Tuwhare Charitable Trust (ODT)

The following article comes courtesy of The Otago Daily Times

By Nigel Benson.

Some of New Zealand's top musicians and poets will perform in a tribute concert for late Otago poet Hone Tuwhare.

Dunedin musicians Martin Phillipps and David Kilgour will join Graham Brazier, Herbs, Sam Hunt, Glenn Colquhoun and Whirimako Black in the benefit concert in Auckland on July 7.

"Koha for the Crib" will officially launch the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, which was established to create a writer's residency at Tuwhare's Kaka Point home.

The poet's son, Rob Tuwhare, said about $170,000 was needed to buy and renovate the crib.

"A lot of musicians and artists and poets wanted to help with this concert, to raise funds and get some publicity for the trust," he said yesterday.

"We're looking at having a concert in Dunedin down the road, too, and bring some Auckland musicians down for that."

Tuwhare lived the last 16 years of his life in the modest seaside crib.

He moved to Kaka Point in 1992 and lived there until his death in Dunedin, aged 85, in January 2008.

"The crib needs insulating and double glazing. All these little cribs around the country are disappearing, so we want to keep it how dad had it.

"It's hard to get seed funding for a new trust, so we've got to do it in little pieces and put the jigsaw into place," Mr Tuwhare said.

The trust appealed to the Dunedin City Council at the 2011-2012 annual plan hearings last month for help to establish the writer's residency.

An auction of artworks donated by New Zealand artists will also be held during the concert. The evening will be compered by broadcaster and Hone Tuwhare Trust member Carol Hirschfeld.

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