'There's been sadness yet gratitude' - Kiwi band sing Hallelujah in tribute to late Leonard Cohen

A Kiwi band paid tribute last night to late musician Leonard Cohen, who passed away on Friday aged 82. 

Imperfect Offering’s Peter McMillan said it was a "privilege" to perform Cohen’s much loved song. Source: 1 NEWS

Imperfect Offerings was set up two years ago just to play Cohen's songs, and had a concert scheduled for Saturday night when it was announced the musician had passed away. 

The concert was held at the Tapac Theatre in Auckland's Western Springs, with lead vocalist Peter McMillan calling it a "privilege" to perform the Canadian's much-loved songs.

"A great night... there's been sadness yet gratitude and celebration of Cohen and the wondrous poetry and music," Mr McMillan said. 

"There's just such profound depth of wisdom and beauty in his poetry and his music."

A cause of death has not been given since news of Cohen's death was announced. 

Hallelujah, Dance Me to the End of Love, You Want It Darker and Suzanne were among his extensive range of hits.

The 82-year-old’s death was announced on his Facebook page. Source: 1 NEWS

The 82-year-old passed away after a short illness. Source: 1 NEWS

He last performed in New Zealand during a tour in 2013 at age 79.



Two people injured in serious car crash near Wellington

Two people have been injured in a serious car crash this morning in Porrirua.

One patient is in a serious condition while the other has received minor injuries, said an ambulance spokesperson.

The fire service is also in attendance working to free one of the patients from a car.

The ambulance service received multiple calls from the public about a car "crashing into a powerpole" at Canons Creek just before 3.30am, said the ambulance spokesperson.

"The accident is very fluid at the moment," he said.

All emergency services are in attendance. 

Ambulance drives down street at night Source: Seven Sharp

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One person in serious condition after car crash in Auckland

One person has suffered serious injuries after being involved in a car crash in Auckland.

Fire truck Source: 1 NEWS

Fire fighters worked early this morning to free the person from a car after they became trapped.

The ambulance is now transporting the patient to Auckland Hospital for further care, said an ambulance spokesperson.

All emergency services were called to the scene on the corner of Sabulite Road and Great North Road just after midnight.