Top bar­ber­shop tal­ent on show


Tawa and Aotea col­leges were stand­outs at last week’s na­tional sec­ondary schools bar­ber­shop com­pe­ti­tion, held at Porirua’s Te Rau­paraha Arena.

Aotea Col­lege’s ACBC won the girls cho­rus for the third suc­ces­sive year, and Tawa Col­lege boys were run­ners-up in the cho­rus and quar­tet com­pe­ti­tions be­hind Burn­side High School.

‘‘This was one of the clos­est con­tests we’ve ever had,’’ judge Hen­ri­etta Hunkin-Ta­ga­loa said.

Thirty quar­tets and 16 cho­ruses bat­tled it out for top hon­ours, with more than 750 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing. It was not just sing­ing, but a foot stomp­ing, fin­ger click­ing, move-bust­ing the­atri­cal show­case.

Tawa’s male quar­tet Four­tis­si­bros are all close friends, and in the same year group, un­like many of their com­peti­tors.

Af­ter nail­ing its two songs, there were a cou­ple of fist pumps. ’’I was re­ally happy with the per­for­mance,’’ Matt Bar­ris, 16, said.

TJ Her­nan­dez, 17, said the boys wanted to take their sing­ing tal­ent to the world so the sec­ond plac­ing was ‘‘the cherry on the top’’ of a good com­pe­ti­tion.

If they do, they will be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of for­mer Tawa stu­dents and 2014 world quar­tet cham­pi­ons the Musical Is­land Boys.

Aotea’s ACBC girl’s cho­rus are the bar­ber­shop queens. It has been top of the girls cho­rus sec­tion for three years, re­peat­ing their dom­i­nance of 2010 to 2012.

‘‘There was high ex­pec­ta­tions, per­form­ing in our hood, on our turf,’’ Elina To­lai, 17, said.

There are also ex­pec­ta­tions from the na­tion­wide bar­ber­shop com­mu­nity.

Amy McLean, 16, said she gets stopped in the street at bar­ber­shop com­pe­ti­tions. ’’When they see our blaz­ers they say, ‘Oh, you’re from Aotea’.’’

The win­ning Kapiti Col­lege girls quar­tet, LASS, formed on the road­side af­ter a bus breakdown on the way home from last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, in which no Kapiti quar­tets were en­tered.

‘‘This is our first year – our goal was to come first in na­tion­als by year 13,’’ LASS mem­ber Alice Ma­son, who turned 16 on com­pe­ti­tion day, said. ‘‘It’s a great birth­day present.’’

In other Welling­ton re­gion re­sults, Para­pa­raumu and St Cather­ine’s col­leges came fourth and fifth in the girl’s quar­tets, with Aotea sixth and fourth in the male cho­rus. Tawa’s Maiden Tawa cho­rus was sixth.

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