Chris Brown's NZ concert canned

Chris Brown has cancelled both his New Zealand and Australian concerts scheduled for later this month. 

Just recently, his promoters put out a statement saying they express their 'deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and look forward to a successful tour in the near future."

Brown had difficulty applying for a visa for both countries due to his domestic violence history. When he applied for a New Zealand visa, it sparked a public outcry.

Brown was convicted in 2009 of assault against his former partner, Rihanna. 

In September, Hon Dame Tariana Turia released a statement saying she was prepared to support the American singer.

She said, “The case of hip-hop artist Chris Brown provides an interesting opportunity for us to have the debate about our attitudes towards rehabilitation of offending particularly in the context of violence.”


Tainui spokesperson, Tukoroirangi Morgan spoke out about the matter, saying that if Chris Brown was to gain entrance into New Zealand, the marae would be the best place to confront him about his assault conviction.

A group of prominent indigenous Māori women consisting of Dame June Mariu, Dame June Jackson and Dame Tariana Turia also extended an invitation to Chris Brown on the condition that he act as an ambassador of anti-domestic violence.

Contrary to this, Māori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox said Māori should look to their own for domestic violence solutions.

"I try and encourage my children to seek out role models within their own whānau," she explained.

Those who bought tickets to the New Zealand concert can get a full refund from Ticketmaster.