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Hayley Westenra Sings at tribute service

Hayley Westenra, New Zealand’s brightest young singing star and National Ambassador for UNICEF New Zealand, joined other celebrities and dignitaries to celebrate the life of Sir Peter Ustinov at a tribute service at the United Nations General Assembly building in New York, which was held Monday 7th June at 5:30pm (EST).

Hayley was included in this high-profile event, at which over 100 countries were represented, through the efforts of the UNICEF NZ office. Hayley had the opportunity to meet Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN, at a reception following the memorial.

The 30-minute service, entitled "Peter the Great: A Celebration of the Life of Sir Peter Ustinov", featured readings and testimonials from Kofi Annan, Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director, actress Mia Farrow and singer Harry Belafonte – both UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors - Sir Emyr Jones Parry, British Ambassador to the UN and Lebohang K. Moleko, Mosotho Ambassador to the UN, as well as musical performances from Hayley Westenra, Judy Collins and Elisabeth Woo.

Hayley performed the traditional Maori song "Pokarekare Ana", from her debut international album "Pure". At only 17 years old, Hayley is the youngest person to ever be selected for the prestigious role of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, while Sir Peter Ustinov was UNICEF’s oldest and longest-serving Ambassador.


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