Watch: 'Hopeless romantic' Lionel Richie chats with Hilary Barry ahead of NZ tour

Kiwi fans of American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will have chance to see him perform in New Zealand later this year.

Richie is holding a show in Auckland (April 12) and one in Christchurch (April 15).

TVNZ1 Seven Sharp host Hilary Barry spoke with Richie today where he described himself as a "hopless romantic".

Watch the video to see the full interview.

The US singer is coming to our shores in April. Source: Seven Sharp

Dave Dobbyn to perform at Auckland Concert Celebrating Diversity alongside autism and tourette's artists

Artists from the Tourette Syndrome and autism communities will be included in a concert in Auckland in April celebrating diversity, alongside Dave Dobbyn and other top Kiwi artists.

We Are One - A Concert Celebrating Diversity follows a Concert for Autism last year.

The concert is being organised by Play It Strange - which fosters songwriting, performance, and recording - partnering with Newmarket Rotary.   

Iconic Kiwi artists including Dave Dobbyn and Suzanne Lynch will be taking the stage to celebrate diversity and recognise talent and courage. 

Organisers say this year’s event aims to create awareness and empathy and provide opportunities for young students to get on stage and celebrate with professional musicians.

"The We Are One concert has established itself as a truly communal and powerful event," said Play It Strange Trust CEO, Mike Chunn.

“With performances featuring three generations of the one family, Tourette’s and ASD (autism) musicians, Play It Strange songwriters and iconic NZ artists, the concept of We Are One is realised, providing a window into what our vibrant nation has to celebrate.”

The all-ages concert will raise funds for the Play It Strange Trust, with contributions also going to Autism NZ and Tourette’s Association of NZ.

The concert, with food and refreshments beforehand, will be held on the evening of Saturday April 14 at Sacred Heart College Auditorium in Glendowie.

Dave Dobbyn Source: Supplied


Kiwi singer Ladi6 'nearly died' from allergic reaction to bee sting on Waitangi Day

Kiwi singer Ladi6 says she nearly died yesterday, Waitangi Day, from a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting north of Auckland.

The 35-year-old singer has taken to social media to thank all those who she says saved her life, saying she's fine now.

"So crazy! I had a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting in Mathesons Bay up by Leigh yesterday at 7pm and nearly died, as my throat was closing and I was losing consciousness," Ladi6 wrote on Facebook.

She said she had to be flown to Auckland Hospital by the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

"A combo of quick thinking from a combo of people who I love and love me, & complete strangers saved my life," she wrote.

Ladi6 thanked the Snells Beach ambulance service, Leigh Fire service and Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

She also thanked her husband and other family members "for holding me down". 

"Literally I was swollen with itchy hives all over my body, my face & throat were swelling shut within minutes of a single bee sting from a regular honeybee..feeling extremely grateful, contemplative & alive!," the singer wrote.

Ladi6 has won a number of awards, including Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards. 

New Zealand musician Karoline Tamati, better known as Ladi6, at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017.
New Zealand musician Karoline Tamati, better known as Ladi6, at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS