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Jason Momoa got his shirt off at Maranga Rise Up Cyclone relief gig which raised loads of money
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Jason Momoa got his shirt off at Maranga Rise Up Cyclone relief gig which raised loads of money

That definitely would have helped with the fundraising!

Jason Momoa’s going topless, combined with some of Aotearoa’s best musical talent meant that over $700,000 was raised for people affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. 

More than 30,000 people rocked up to Maranga Rise Up Aotearoa at West Auckland’s Parrs Park on Sunday. With a lineup including Stan Walker, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Drax Project and more Kiwi legends, there was some incredible music to be heard!

However, Aquaman himself provided one of the top highlights of the eight-hour concert when he whipped off his shirt and threw it into the appreciative crowd. 

“Aloha, hello everyone,” Momoa said before removing any clothing. “I’m so glad to be here."

“I want to send my love to all the families rebuilding,” he added before encouraging people to donate. 

Reactions to Momoa getting his rig out were pretty funny!

"Why does the universe hate me?" one person asked. "Nobody told us he was gonna be there."

"Jason totally glad you're here to join in with the fundraising for a great Kaupapa - you have made someone a special day," another wrote. 

"Shoulda made everyone donate first, then take his shirt off lol," a third added. 

Momoa is in the country to shoot his new TV series ‘Chief Of War’, in which he is the lead actor and writer. As well as getting topless in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the ‘Game of Thrones’ star has also been hanging out with (and feeding vodka to) All Black legends like Piri Weepu and Rene Ranger while in the country.

Maranga Rise Up Aotearoa was created by Te Whānau o Waipareira with Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and Whakaata Māori. John Tamihere, the CEO of Waipareira, said they decided to put the concert together to help prepare those in need for the next year and a half, which will be rough. 

“Whānau know we understand the challenges ahead in the next week, month, 12 months and 18 months,” he said, as reported by Te Ao Māori News. “All of this money raised through Maranga is a huge part of ensuring they continue to receive the assistance they deserve.”