Unlikely New Zealand mum and daughter music duo crack the big time in China

A New Zealand mother and daughter singing duo have become hugely popular in China. 

Samantha Toner-Green and her mother Celine Toner can't believe their success either with their lives in China being made up of TV appearances, glittery-glam outfits and audiences of thousands. 

The pair have appeared on television in China to an audience of millions.

"It was televised and streamed to 500 million people.. which is insane to get one's head around," says daughter, Samantha.

They describe their genre as a Celtic-classical crossover and combining that with their Kiwi look, it's worked to their success. 

Celine says: "Because we are coming from New Zealand as well, the whole Kiwi exoticness that comes with that, they just love it."

With the two of them on vocals it leaves dad Barry to be the manager meaning they get to work together as a family

"We do travel as a family and Barry is always with us, when people find out we're traveling as a family - husband, wife and daughter - they always say family family family!'"

On the surface they're just a standard singing duo from New Zealand. Source: Seven Sharp

One person dead after Christchurch crash

One person has died following a crash in Burwood, Christchurch this evening.

A car and a motorbike collided on Queen Elizabeth II Drive shortly after 9:15pm.

The motorcyclist has died from their injuries at the scene.

The driver of the car, the sole occupant has received minor injuries.

Queen Elizabeth II Drive remains closed between Burwood Road and Marshlands Road as the Serious Crash Unit attends.

Local diversions are in place.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Source: 1 NEWS


Serious crash closes road in Christchurch

A serious crash has closed a road in the Christchurch suburb of Burwood tonight.

Police say the crash happened shortly after 9.15pm on Queen Elizabeth II Drive. 

The road is currently closed between Burwood Road and Marshlands Road.

Police say details on injuries are not available at this time but the Serious Crash Unit is in attendance and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Ambulance drives down street at night Source: Seven Sharp