South Island Gaga fans 'desperate'
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 6:33p.m.
By Jessica Rowe
Stranded South Island Lady Gaga fans have been desperately hoping for a break in the icy weather so they can fly to Auckland to see their favourite singer perform tonight.
Cancelled flights out of Christchurch yesterday left a backlog of "little monsters", as the star calls her fans.
Lady Gaga fan Shannon Dilger was dancing for joy after securing a flight to Auckland just in time to see the pop star's performance tonight.
She says she was “desperate”.
For Shannon's mother, getting her daughter and two friends to Auckland has been a marathon 36-hour effort.
Their flight from Christchurch was cancelled yesterday, so they jumped in the car and headed to Nelson to try and fly out of there. But they didn't get very far. Their vehicle slid off the road near Cheviot.
This morning, they tried to hire a helicopter to Nelson, but there was no power and it couldn't get out of the hanger.
So they headed back to Christchurch airport.
“We've been on the road for 24 hours, easily,” says Shannon’s mother Peggy Dilger. “We will do it.”
There was also a backlog of little monsters in Wellington who missed out after several Jetstar flights were delayed in Christchurch.
“They said with a straight face, a completely Lady Gaga face, poker face, ‘no, we cannot help you’,” says fan Jace Bobbette.
Air New Zealand has put on additional flights between Christchurch and Auckland this afternoon, in hopes Lady Gaga's little monsters will arrive in time for the concert.
As for Shannon Dilger and her little monster friends, they have touched down and are gearing up for a night of crazy Gaga fun.
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