Christmas at home pure magic
|T H E P R E S S S T O R Y
ARE FAMILY: International singing star Hayley Westenra
is welcomed home last night by her sister, Sophie,
DON SCOTT/The Press
18 December 2003
By ANNA CLARIDGE
smile on Hayley Westenra's face spoke volumes as she bounded
down the stairs at Christchurch International Airport
last night and into the arms of her family.
just so good to be back."
and mother Gill touched down in Christchurch after a heady
five months in Britain, promoting the 16-year-old's debut
of the album broke the 500,000 mark in Britain this month,
and Pure remains in the Top 10 pop charts in Britain.
week, Westenra performed with tenor-legend Jose Carreras
and will feature on British TV in the Michael Parkinson
her days have been spent singing for the Queen, United
States President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, the petite songstress proved she still has
her feet planted firmly on the ground. Her first job back
in New Zealand? "Tidy my room".
know it sounds boring but I've got so much stuff that
I just need to sort out. I guess I'll just be getting
back to a bit of normality."
means time at home with brother Isaac, sister Sophie,
and parents Gill and Gerald.
Westenra Christmas means trading the lights of London's
Royal Albert Hall for family fun at the Caroline Bay carnival
go to Timaru every year for Christmas with my grandparents
so we'll be doing that again. And then over New Year we
usually go camping, but I think this year we just want
to be at home and just have some normality."
normality may be short-lived.
begins a New Zealand tour in February before moving on
to the United States for another five months stint.