November 13, 2015
Whanau bring showbiz to Peters’ politics
There’s some classic showbiz planned for Sunday’s Auckland speech by Winston Peters.
It won’t be coming from the New Zealand First leader but from his cousin Billy, who will warm up the crowd at the Point Chevalier RSA.
He and wife Mahora have trod many a stage around the world with the Maori Volcanics and the Billy Peters Showband, and they’re living back in Aotearoa after decades in Australia and more recently a stint in Las Vegas.
The ace guitarist says as well as regular shows, they played a lot of political events up there and also did community work.
"It’s so much helping out, getting clinics going for the people who can't afford insurance. We play for the homeless and fed them on the weekends, and generally working with the community. There's so many Polynesians in Las Vegas, they call it the ninth island," Billy Peters says.
They’ll be playing round the country over the next few months, picking up younger players and old showband friends for each show.
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