Stan Walker opens up about health scare

What's Fresh 26/01/2018

Kiwi music star Stan Walker has had a "number of health scares", his manager has confirmed to Newshub.

"He has had some challenges healthwise but he will be back and working towards a new single release in March."

His manager did not specify the health issue Walker had been dealing with but confirmed he was feeling well enough to perform again this weekend at the One Love festival in Tauranga this Sunday afternoon.

Last night Walker was a guest speaker at an event hosted by the Prime Minister for around 100 inspirational young leaders.  

On social media, Stan Walker described last night as a "special night, celebrating and honouring the next generation with the Prime Minister."

Jacinda Ardern also posted a picture - revealing he wasn't feeling his best: "Thanks Stan Walker for joining us despite being unwell," she said.

The organiser of the One Love festival in Tauranga said he spoke with Stan Walker's mother this morning and all was set to go as planned for his performance.

April Walker works with her son as his promoter and has had some health scares of her own - in 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer and Stan Walker cancelled his November tour of New Zealand to be with her.

He posted a video on Facebook at the time saying: "We've just found out she's got breast cancer - so I just want to be with my family, I just want to look after my mum."

Stan Walker discovered that he has the same rare cancer-causing gene mutation that had affected his mum - as well as 25 members of his wider family who have died as a result.

An estimated four out of five people who have the CDH1 gene mutation will develop stomach cancer.

Stan Walker won Australian Idol in 2009 and has gone on to be one of New Zealand's most popular artists - selling over a 100,000 albums with five platinum singles.

In addition to performing at the One Love Festival, he will perform on Waitangi Day and Creekfest in Wellington.