#VaxForLive: The Aotearoa live entertainment industry launches national vaccination campaign

The Aotearoa live music, entertainment, and concert sector are joining forces in a new campaign called #VaxForLive to encourage New Zealanders to get vaccinated and get our live industry back on stage.

With the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak our much-loved traditional summer of music, entertainment, and festivals is in danger, and we are urging music fans and those who love going to any form of gigs to get vaccinated now so we can all enjoy some awesome live tunes together again ASAP.

Aotearoa has been lucky in the fight against COVID-19. The first half of2021 has brought us many small and large-scale events in a time when the rest of the world was still under restrictions. Because of our nation’s hard and fast approach to lockdowns we’ve been rewarded with the freedoms to socialise and enjoy live music and entertainment together. We want that to continue, and there is only one way for that to happen – with vaccines.

Artists throughout Aotearoa are getting on board and encouraging fans to get vaccinated now.

Earlier this week, the New Zealand Government announced the roll-out of vaccination certificates in New Zealand, with a plan to launch in November this year. Commonly used overseas, the certificates would provide proof that individuals have been fully vaccinated, and the Government is likely to make the use of these certificates mandatory for large scale events.

Crowded House were truly blessed to play shows in Aotearoa NZ in March. Live concerts bring joy and freedom that lift the spirits of audience and artists alike. This summer, NZ will be open again for concerts but you will need to be vaccinated against Covid.Come on everyone, we’ve had the vaccine, it’s safe and it’s keeping the ones we love safe.

Neil Finn, Crowded House

Me kaha taatou ki te patu i a Korona ki te rongoaa aaraimate. Kia okaina ia o taatou, ka ora ai te ao puuoro. 
Translation: We should all contribute to fight Covid19 by being vaccinated. Through this, our music industry will flourish again.


For me, getting the vaccine is all about protection – protecting the people who I love who cannot get vaccinated because they’re immunocompromised. Or because they’re ineligible, like my daughter who’s just about to turn 4. And after almost two years of not being able to tour internationally the vaccine gives me the best protection to be able to do the job that I love. I cannot wait to be on stage playing music again here in Aotearoa, and the best way for us to get to that summer of gigs and dancing is to be vaccinated. For our whanau, for our communities, and for ourselves.


Let’s come together to get New Zealand’s music and entertainment sectors back on stage. It’s not just vital to our economy and jobs; it provides a rich cultural fabric that connects us all. From sweaty pub gigs to crying with laughter at a comedy show; being moved by an opera aria or diving into the festival mosh; taking your child to their first live show, marvelling at an intricate ballet, or sitting with loved ones in an ornate theatre…these are the moments we all want to get back to. 

Kiwis know that nothing beats live music…except, maybe, COVID. Get vaccinated for gigs now, so we can have an epic summer in the sun with some of the best live music and entertainment that Aotearoa has to offer.

So, c’mon Aotearoa, Vax Together, Stay Together #vaxforlive.

Be part of the crowd and book now at and help us unite against COVID-19 and bring back live entertainment.