Ron Kjestrup and Terry Telford from the Ukes of Hazard will play a fundraising concert for Tracey Lynch and Steve Garnett. Photo: Phillip Rollo.

Uke players come to the rescue


There is light at the end of the tunnel for Glenhope couple Tracey Lynch and Steve Garnett and a local ukulele band is making the journey sound that much sweeter.

Tracey and Steve feared they would be kicked off their rural property in Glenhope after they were found liable for a 2009 fire that destroyed several properties. They were told they were liable for around $1.2 million in damages, an amount that would financially ruin them.

But talks since have been positive and it appears they could reach a settlement for a lot less, which means Tracey and Steve could keep their land.

Since the story was first reported by Nelson Weekly there has been an outpouring of support, with more than $10,000 donated via the website

The latest offer of support has also been a pleasant surprise for the couple with ukulele band the Ukes of Hazard offering to play a fundraising concert for free.

The concert will be on August 9 at the Richmond Town Hall and band member Ron Kjestrup says they just wanted to help. “It seemed to us that, whatever the details, it seemed incredibly unjust, the position that they’re in. So we said if there’s anything we can do just let us know.”

The tickets are $15 per person and money raised will go towards raising money to save the farm, called Triple Tui. They are available from Harvey World Travel Nelson and Richmond.