Teen says farewell to the fa­mous ‘fro


A Taranaki teenager found out what you get when you put an afro and a pair of clip­pers to­gether: more than $1400 for char­ity and a cold head.

Ha¯wera High School stu­dent Ta­maari Kupe-King said good­bye to some­thing he’s had for a while his well-known head of hair.

‘‘I will be say­ing good­bye to my ‘fro in sup­port of Shave for a Cure,’’ Kupe-King said be­fore the event. ‘‘The ‘fro’s gotta go.’’

Kupe-King de­cided to shave for a cure in an at­tempt to raise money for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

He went around busi­nesses in Ha¯ wera and along side his on­line Shave for a Cure page he fundraised nearly $1500.

He’d set a goal of $3000 but was happy with the out­come.

The shave took place on the last day of the school term in the Ha¯wera High School hall and brought in many spec­ta­tors.

Ha¯wera High School teacher Alison Wright made sure she do­nated the most money so she could be the first to shave a sec­tion of hair.

Prin­ci­pal Hans Kon­lech­ner even had a go on the clip­pers with a smile on his face the en­tire time.

The clip­pers were then handed around to other staff, pre­fects, and fam­ily mem­bers un­til the hair and there was a lot of it - was gone.

Kupe-King com­mented on the cool breeze he could feel on his bald head straight away.

The teenager’s hair has been on dis­play for the Ha¯ wera pub­lic quite a bit lately.

Firstly at the Ma¯ ori Women’s Wel­fare League’s Nga¯ Pu¯ Ko¯ rero o A¯ po¯ po¯ - a speech com­pe­ti­tion where he spoke Te Reo pub­licly for the first time.

Kupe-King won the se­nior boy’s cat­e­gory at this event and qual­i­fied for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

He then played a lead role, as Stacey Jax, in the Ha¯ wera High School pro­duc­tion Rock of Ages.

Stacey Jax’s iden­tity was hid­den at the be­gin­ning of the pro­duc­tion by dark glasses and a hat, con­ceal­ing his ever-so-fa­mous afro.

Kupe-King had gone around Ha¯ wera busi­nesses and ap­proached passersby on the street dur­ing his fundrais­ing ef­forts. He also re­quested gold coin do­na­tions from spec­ta­tors who wished to watch the ‘fro go.

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand’s sig­na­ture fundrais­ing event. Each year, thou­sands of New Zealan­ders get spon­sored to shave their heads in sup­port of the cause.


Ta­maari Ku­peKing scooped his shaven hair from the ground, and you al­most couldn’t tell it wasn’t at­tached to his head al­most.

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