Tawa rules world of barbershop
Four young men who took up barbershop singing at Tawa College in 2002 have won the gold medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competition in Las Vegas.
Matt Gifford, bass, Jeff and Will Hunkin, tenor and baritone, and Maselusa Washburn, lead, entered the New Zealand Secondary Schools Young Men In Harmony competition in 2002, and won gold. They have thrilled audiences ever since with their acapella harmonies.
They won the 2006 world championship under- 25 division in Indianapolis.
In their winning performance in Las Vegas, they sang Po Atarau/ Now is the Hour, and were the first group in the competition’s history to sing in a language other than English.