Super Saturday Vaxathon: Prizes, celebrity appearances and performances announced for telethon-style broadcast

Taika Waititi, Suzy Cato and the Briscoes Lady are just some of the famous faces who will appear on the Super Saturday Vaxathon this weekend, which will feature live crosses from around Aotearoa and offer a huge range of prizes for those getting vaccinated and watching at home. 

With an aim to help boost the country's COVID-19 vaccination numbers, the Vaxathon will take place at 12pm on October 16, streaming live on Three, Māori television, TV2, Hahana and Channel 200. 

There will be prizes to be won from NZ businesses like Mitre 10, Contiki, ASB, Vodafone, The Warehouse, ANZ, Rhythm and Vines, Countdown, with many more signing on by the hour. 

Here's everything you need to know about the who, what, where and why of the Vaxathon: 

What's the purpose of the Vaxathon? 

  • Getting people vaccinated
  • Helping people to help their friends and whānau get vaccinated
  • And celebrating the regions with the biggest change in vaccination numbers

The Vaxathon will showcase what everyone is doing to overcome COVID-19 and celebrate the places with the biggest shifts in vaccine numbers. 

What's cool about the Vaxathon? 

  • Content created by and for Māori and Pasifika
  • There is a strong focus on positive vaccination stories
  • There will be live performances by local talent across the motu
  • The broadcast will cross live to a number of locations across Aotearoa throughout the day including Ōtara, Manurewa, Rotorua, Porirua, Ōtautahi and Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

What prizes are up for grabs during the Vaxathon? 

  • NZ businesses have been beyond generous in donating prizes for the Vaxathon
  • There will be opportunities for everyone getting vaccinated to win prizes
  • The prizes aren't just for those getting vaccinated, there will be giveaways online as well for those watching from home
  • There will be prizes from The Warehouse, Placemakers, BurgerFuel, R&V, The Travel Corporation (Contiki), Foodstuffs, Vodafone, Precinct Properties, Aesop, Mitre 10, Weta Workshops, ASB, ANZ, Rod Drury, Contact Energy, Countdown, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Goodman Property, Jarden, Kiwibank, Meridian, Fulton Hogan, and Christchurch Airport with more being confirmed every hour. 

Who is appearing on the Vaxathon? 

  • Patrick Gower and Sonny Ngatai will be live presenting from Te Whanganui-a-Tara with more of Aotearoa's talent coming to you live from other regions around the motu.
  • There will also be appearances from Taika Waititi, Louis Baker, Dr Ashley, The All Blacks, Black Ferns, TJ Perenara, Hollie Smith, Lucy Lawless, Madeleine Sami, Toni Street, Suzy Cato, Megan Alatini, Ana Corbett, the Shortland Street Cast, Tammy Wells (The Briscoes Lady),Shannon Paku and plenty more.
  • Stay tuned on Saturday to find out who the rest are! 

How can I watch the Vaxathon? 

  • On Saturday the Vaxathon will be streaming live on Three, Māori television, TV2, Hahana and Channel 200 from 12pm
  • Check out your local iwi radio Facebook page for more about the Vaxathon and Super Saturday updates.