Tal­ented youth stars shine in the spot­light


A Ste­vie Won­der-in­spired songstress and pop­u­lar dance crews were among the youth stars in the spot­light at Far North’s Got Tal­ent.

The event drew a crowd which packed Kaitaia’s Te Ahu Cen­tre to ca­pac­ity on Au­gust 26, to see 16 acts take to the stage.

Kapowairua Watai claimed the ju­nior divi­sion with her ‘‘flaw­less ren­di­tion’’ of Ste­vie Won­der’s soul hit Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.

Run­ner up was awarded to Koha Short­land and Kees Cher­ring­ton.

Taipa Area School’s Bowen Matthews and Marama McCloud si­lenced the au­di­ence with a mov­ing three-part pi­ano med­ley.

The pair were met with a haka tau­toko fol­low­ing their per­for­mance - which took out the se­nior sec­tion for stu­dents in years nine to 13.

Kaikohe’s Hush dance crew took out sec­ond place in this sec­tion, while Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Pukemiro per­form­ing kai­wa­iata Te Aroha Pawa were awarded third.

Hush and the only other dance item fea­tured on the night - con­tem­po­rary spe­cial­ists Dance Wild - were the two acts cho­sen as crowd favourites for the evening via ticket and on­line vot­ing.

They walked away with a $200 and $100 prize re­spec­tively.

Up and com­ing reg­gae artist and judge Ma­jic Paora en­cour­aged the fi­nal­ists to en­joy the mo­ment.

‘‘It’s such a big thing step­ping up on a stage; a lot of con­tes­tants are re­ally shy,’’ Paora says.

‘‘You can achieve any­thing you want to do.’’

He Marama Trust co-founder and Far North Got’s Tal­ent or­gan­iser Micah Tawhara says the event was ev­ery­thing that the or­gan­is­ing crew and vol­un­teers had wanted it to be and more.

‘‘You can achieve any­thing you want to do.’’

Ma­jic Paora

‘‘We did an amaz­ing job, thanks to the limited fund­ing we re­ceived, the spon­sors...and the peo­ple who gave their time and heart for koha,’’ Tawhara says.

Vol­un­tary cater­ing, se­cu­rity, ticket sales and other staff were made up of Te Rarawa Anga Mua em­ploy­ees and Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Pukemiro teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents.

They also used the op­por­tu­nity to seel hangi packs to fund raise for the na­tional kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion later this year.

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Far North’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal­ists and judges.

Kapowairua Watai took out the ju­nior sec­tion.

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