Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are banding together for a benefit concert for the Tsunami-ravaged Samoan Islands in the South Pacific.

Hip-hop stars Savage and Scribe, plus Neil and Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn are among the acts who will perform at the "I Love The Islands" concert at Auckland's Vector Arena on Oct. 19. All proceeds will go directly to the people of the Samoan Islands who are still reeling from the impact of last month's tsunamis, which claimed more than 170 lives.

The benefit concert is being driven by Scribe and Savage, who both lost family members in the disaster. Other key participants include Savage's record label Dawn Raid, Ole Maiava, director of the Pasifika arts festival and comedian Oscar Kightley, who will be the compere for the evening.

All businesses and artists have given their services for free, so 100% of the proceeds will go to the people of Samoa, according to the organizers.

The Auckland concert will be followed by similar events in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin concerts, dates of which will be announced shortly.