Hekia a hard act to follow
Our local politicians can belt out a tune.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and Education Minister Hekia Parata were in full voice as part of a fundraiser for the Derek Wootton Memorial Trust last Thursday, an event where more than $2500 was collected.
Ms Parata was the winner on the night; her version of Stupid Cupid a favourite with the nearly 200 people who packed into the Sandbar Pub. Mr Leggett’s Don’t Stop Believin’ from the show Glee came in second, while Mr Faafoi’s performance of the Exponents’ classic Why Does Love Do This To Me? was good enough for third.
Other singers on the night included members of Porirua’s constabulary, the law fraternity and Sandbar staff. Organiser Lindy Galloway said the night was ‘‘ absolutely fabulous’’. ‘‘I was shaking in my boots [in the leadup]. I wasn’t sure how it would all go but the pub was packed, everyone had a great night and the singers were just superb.’’
A Sandbar T-shirt signed by Ms Parata, Mr Faafoi and Mr Leggett and a corporate package to the Wellington races were among items auctioned.
Ms Parata won a trophy for her efforts, which she has promised to proudly display at the next Cabinet meeting.
Ms Galloway said her performance was top notch, as was the song the three politicos sang together.
‘‘Hekia prepared well and she and her backing girls looked amazing. She put a lot of heart into her song but you could tell she was having a lot of fun. Everyone mingled really well afterwards and the money just flew into the buckets.’’
Belting it out: Porirua’s mayor Nick Leggett in full flight. The word is he was very nervous before his performance.
Hekia on fire: Hekia Parata and her back-up singers were huge hits at the Sandbar Pub.