Hekia a hard act to fol­low

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Pho­tos: PAUL BE­VAN

Hekia on fire: Hekia Parata and her back-up singers were huge hits at the Sand­bar Pub.

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