Producer - Music , Concerts & Literary Events
Over the years June has independently produced music events and concerts on varying scales including the 2018 inaugural Matariki Starlight Jazz Concert, held at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, the 2017 Chocolat Gypsy Jazz Concert on the Green, The Manly Jazz Club (monthly featured artist event), and Hibiscus Coast's Jazz on the Coast workshop/concert event. In addition she helped establish the Massey University Wine, Food & Jazz Festival, the annual Massey University Masters & Their Music Workshop/Performance event, & the inaugural Hibiscus Coast Jazz Festival.
June along with Gary Henwood from Kerikeri's Plough & Feather, has just launched July 2020's inaugural Word of Mouth open mic for spoken word, poetry slam, and literary recital, and look forward to its monthly recurrence.
From February 2019 - April 2020, as Project Event Coordinator to Kororipo Heritage Park Management Group, June was the driving force behind the development, planning and organising of Tūhono Kerikeri Bicentennial events marking 200 years of settlement of Kerikeri. Sadly the 'legacy event' Kororipo Heritage Park Festival, featuring two stages of live music including headline artists and 2020's winner of the Taite Prize - Troy Kingi & The Upperclass, The Māori Sidesteps, Kawiti Waetford, and numerous other local artists, was postponed until further notice, just 6 days out due to COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown.
Matariki Starlight Jazz Concert
In 2018 within six weeks and with an almost zero budget, June successfully produced what was a most beautiful and heart-felt musical experience, the intention being to raise funds to set up the Whanau Walk for Wellness Project. Funds from the concert enabled the establishment and registration of the Whanau Walk for Wellness Charitable Trust, the initial stages of website development, and planning for an October 2019 WWW start. However in early 2019, for personal reasons June had to put plans for staging another concert and ongoing progress of the WWW Project, on hold, with a view to revisiting both as soon as practicably possible.
'I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all the wonderful musicians, technical support, sponsors in kind, donors, and helpers, for enabling me to bring this very special musical experience to light, and for believing in me and the Whānau Walk for Wellness Project. ..... June'
Matariki Starlight Jazz Concert was presented as an independent part of Auckland’s Matariki Festival 2018 programme of events. Its purpose was to help raise funds towards supporting the development and organization of a ‘bigger picture’ cause – the Whānau Walk for Wellness – Footsteps supporting the ripple effects of mental wellness Project - a walk for our nation designed to help raise funds to further support existing, or to create new support networks within communities that enable the caretakers of the mentally unwell to reach out and connect to each other to draw strength from, and support others who are walking a similar journey.
Matariki Starlight Jazz Concert blended both Pakeha and Māori artists together in an exciting programme of music sung in Te Reo Māori and English. Every artist featured in the concert donated their time for the cause. Each had their own experience related to mental unwellness to some degree.
Head-lining the Matariki Starlight Jazz Concert was the sensational Whirimako Black. Other artists included June Hayes, Alanna Goldsmith, Makareta Umbers, Marie O'Flaherty, Julie Mason, Phil Broadhurst, Denis Hepi, Dixon Nacey, Kelly Kahukiwa, Olivier Holland, Kevin Field, Ron Samsom, Ben Fernandez, Neil Williamson, Aaron Codell, and Ray Bishop
HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL THE FABULOUS MUSICIANS FOR GIVING YOUR TIME, ENERGY, AND CREATIVITY.
SPECIAL THANKS TO DONORS, SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS
Neil & Anne Ridgway - Asona NZ Ltd
Mike Huges & Team - Intec
Angela Everson - iticket
Sean Hawkins - Benefitz
Stephen Canning - DV8 - Marketing Design
David Rhodes - RhodesWork - Logo Design
David Jenkin - Jenkin Piano Tuning
... family, friends, and numerous others who helped in so many ways.