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O come Kiwi faithful for carols in the park

Christmas cracker ... New Zealand wonder Hayley Westenra is excited to be singing for the first time outside her home country tonight. Photo: Jon Reid

Hayley performing at Carols in the Domain
Photo copyright Jon Reid, Sydney Morning Herald.
Hayley performing at Carols in the Domain.
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By Jessica Halloran

Pack a picnic, find a patch of grass in the Domain and have a Kiwi Christmas.

Fourteen-year-old New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra will entertain more than 100,000 people expected for tonight's 19th Carols in the Domain.

"This is the first time I've performed outside New Zealand and that's the kind of exciting bit," she said.

Not that large crowds are anything new to Hayley - she sang solo in front of 200,000 people in Auckland in January, and 150,000 in her home town of Christchurch last Christmas.

With a voice likened to Welsh singer Charlotte Church, it is unsurprising Hayley has rocketed to fame. And there is no letting up for the young star. In February, she is set to take on Los Angeles and Taiwan.

Ed: This article was published 22 December 2001; the day of the concert itself.
Note: Taiwanese and Californian tours occured in reverse order to that shown above.

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