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By Michael Kooge

Rihanna's got quite the reputation - not only for being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, but for also keeping her audiences waiting.

And not one to break her new tradition, RiRi (as her fans call her) showed up fashionably late to her first of three NZ shows at Auckland's Vector Arena last night - 46 minutes late to be exact. That's not as bad as her Adelaide show last week, where she kept the Aussies waiting a tiring 90 minutes.

Despite her late start, the thousands packed into Vector Arena didn't seem to mind when she cracked straight into what was a tight one-and-a-half hour set made up mostly of her big hits and a few other favourites.

Rihanna went through multiple costume changes, including a couple of skimpy numbers, in true Rihanna style of course (her latest music video makes Miley look tame).


The stage also featured a troupe of energetic dancers, a live band, plenty of great lighting and a bit of fire (yes, flames) all thrown into the mix, making for a pretty solid show.

Fan favourites included 'Umbrella', a quick bit of Kanye's 'All Of The Lights' (my personal favourite of the night), 'Rockstar 101', the big sing-a-long 'What Now', the energetic 'We Found Love' and of course the lone spotlight closer that had the fans' cellphone lights waving in the air in unison - 'Diamonds'.

The pop star didn't say much to the adoring crowd, but was all smiles and energy throughout the set and at one point even went down from the stage and leaned over the barriers to sing with the fans. From what we did get out of her - other than the hits - she definitely feels love for New Zealand and her Kiwi fans.

"As an artist, what's important is the energy you guys give us, and you, New Zealand, are the ideal crowd!" she exclaimed.

Rihanna performs at Vector Arena again tonight and Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Rihanna-at-Vector-Arena---review/tabid/418/articleID/316198/Default.aspx#ixzz2pCyP8fVf


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