Henare and Pam O'Keefe have only one wish for this year - to see their baritone foster son perform at prestigious Covent Garden.

The community stalwart tears up when he thinks about how far Phillip Rhodes has come.

"Pam and I are extremely proud. What he has achieved is quite extraordinary and Covent Garden is the pinnacle. Despite the odds being stacked against him and all those dark places he has been to, he has come up trumps every time and to achieve what he has achieved ..."

"By all accounts, and he is the first to admit this, he