In Auckland, 50,000 people attended a sold-out concert to see Six60 live, as well as Jess B, Dave Dobbyn, Troy Kingi, Maimoa, and Drax Project.
It was the first time a New Zealand band had headlined a show at the venue.
Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner said that the concerts held there offer a much-needed boost to the economy.
Despite considerable resistance from local residents complaining about the noise, Eden Park was given permission in January to hold up to six concerts a year without obtaining resource approval for each.
But Sautner said he did a walk around of the surrounding area last night and spotted many of the neighbours getting into the spirit of the gig, despite the fractious history.
“A number of them were having parties in the front before attending the concert. A number were having parties and listening to the concert.
“The feedback has been… from our neighbours – extremely positive. I’m just so thankful that we’ve worked over the last three years side-by-side.”
The concert was also the first to be broadcast live to 11 Pacific Island countries through Pasifika TV, which is the flagship of a media initiative funded by the New Zealand government.
The show was then screened via 19 broadcasters in Pacific Island countries, as well as the Veeps online live music site.
Pasifika TV is part of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting, and chief executive Natasha Meleisia said the event was an exciting first.
“Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa [the Pacific ocean] is what bonds Aotearoa and the Pacific, so it is quite fitting that this historic occasion for Six60 at Eden Park, is also met with an historic first for broadcasting a concert live from Tāmaki Makaurau into the Pacific.”
“Six60 have been great to work with, and their embedded values of culture, language and whānau resonate well with Pasifika… Six60’s kind gesture to share their concert with more than 10.5 million people across 11 Pacific Islands- makes them natural ambassadors of music for Aotearoa,” she said.
Eden Park has also been a venue discussed as a possible mass vaccination site for the Covid-19 jab.