SOCIAL

Indigenous Australian, Maori artists to headline Harvey Norman All-Stars

[supplied by NRL]

Isaiah Firebrace. Image: supplied

Three of the most talented and culturally connected artists from Australia and New Zealand will headline entertainment for the NRL Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.  
 
As part of the pre-match show on February 22, multi-award-winning New Zealand artist Stan Walker will be joined by former X-Factor winner and Indigenous Australian Isaiah Firebrace, which will also feature cultural dances and the respective teams’ War Cry and Haka.
 
“As a proud ‘Mozzie’ (Maori Australian) boy who grew up on the Gold Coast with NRL in my blood, I can think of no greater privilege than to perform on this stage,” Walker said.
 
“To see these elite male and female players, the best of their cultures, come face to face will be epic, but meeting and mentoring the next generation at a Youth Summit will be just as memorable.
 
“For me, NRL is about community and bringing together, in one code, many cultures with one goal – team work and a will to win! I’m going to bring my A-game vocally and knock the songs out the stadium.”
 
Proud Gamilaraay man and didgeridoo playing artist, Mitch Tambo, will be performing at half-time and said he was delighted to be performing on the Gold Coast at an NRL event that has a true and deep connection to his own First Nations heritage.
 
“I'm so excited to be performing at the Indigenous All Stars game, it's such a significant event in our community’s calendar,” Mr Tambo said.
 
“It's great to see how much it's grown, building momentum across Australia and abroad and as someone who has watched it each year since it started, it's such a privilege to have the opportunity to perform at this event".
 
The women’s Indigenous and Maori teams will play in the opening match of the double header, followed by the men’s match. 
 
Tickets for the 2020 All Stars double-header are on sale now, with fans encouraged to purchase their tickets today via NRL.com/tickets.

The All Stars matches will be broadcast live on the Nine Network, Fox League, SKY New Zealand and on NRL Live Pass.
 
The 2020 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, along with the City of Gold Coast and Stadiums Queensland.

LATEST NEWS

Sport's an important part of Aboriginal culture for women but barriers remain

[Michelle O’Shea et al, SBS]

Regular exercise is important for Indigenous women’s health as it reduces a number of health risks – including obesity and chronic diseases.

Indigenous groups tell Scott Morrison of deep sorrow at bushfire devastation

[Lorena Allam, The Guardian]

The coalition of more than 50 peak Aboriginal community organisations told Morrison of the “deep sorrow that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people right across the nation feel at the scarring of their country and loss of wildlife”.

CSIRO Young Indigenous Women pursue STEM careers

[by Michelle Hinchcliffe]

The gates to Mt Stuart Power Station were opened to more than 20 high achieving young Indigenous women this week, as they take part in a scientific industry visit in Townsville to support their pursuit of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Maths).