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Robin Williams is in New Zealand this week, and will donate 100% of the proceeds from his Christchurch shows to victims of September’s devastating earthquake in the city.

“It is devastating what has happened in Christchurch but from what I have learnt, the people there are incredibly resilient,” said Williams. "The first quake of 7.1 would have been traumatic enough but I understand that since then, the people of Christchurch have experienced close to 3,000 after-shocks.

“That is an unimaginable trauma to have to endure. I hope this donation will go some way to helping the extensive rebuilding effort in the city.”

Half of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross and half to the local mayoral building fund.

Last month, many of the country’s best known musicians – including Dave Dobbyn and Anika Moabanded together for a massive fundraising concert in the city. Touring rockers Metallica hosted student volunteers at one of their concerts in the city.

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