City mayor su­per­star?


Can Nick Leggett hold a tune? How’s the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter’s pitch?

Those ques­tions will be an­swered next week when the Sand­bar Pub hosts a tal­ent quest, all in aid of the Derek Woot­ton Memo­rial Trust.

The ball got rolling af­ter Sand­bar coown­ers Lindy Gal­loway and Steve Baker won an auc­tion at the trust’s in­au­gu­ral din­ner at Pataka in May. For $500, they won the op­por­tu­nity to have Mr Leggett sing at the Sand­bar.

The tal­ent quest has snow­balled from this, with Na­tional’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata and Mana MP Kris Faafoi also con­firmed.

Lo­cal lawyer Bill Be­van; Peter Win­ning­ton, rep­re­sent­ing the po­lice; and jazz singer Robin McLel­lan will also per­form. All singers will per­form in front of a live band.

En­try is $2, with votes, cost­ing $2, taken af­ter the singers have per­formed, to crown a win­ner. Ms Gal­loway ex­pects a full house and hopes to hold an­other auc­tion, this time for one of Mr Woot­ton’s rugby jer­seys, signed by all the per­form­ers.

‘‘Ev­ery penny we get on the night will go to­wards the trust. We love the fact that it sup­ports young peo­ple in Porirua to fur­ther their as­pi­ra­tions and hope­fully it could be­come an an­nual event.’’

Mr Leggett was stay­ing mum on what song he would be belt­ing out, but is plan­ning a few re­hearsals with the band to get it right. He’s an­tic­i­pat­ing plenty of ban­ter on the night but feels it is un­likely he will be­come a YouTube sen­sa­tion.

‘‘I hope peo­ple don’t have high ex­pec­ta­tions of me . . . but it should be a fun night.’’

The show starts at 7.30pm on Au­gust 30.

May­oral croon: The song choice is a se­cret for now, but Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is con­fi­dent he has a tune that will have crowd mem­bers, like Lindy Gal­loway, clap­ping along.

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