Week of cel­e­bra­tions for youth

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

It was truly a week of cel­e­brat­ing youth as stu­dents and young adults were treated to events around Toko­roa.

Or­gan­ised by a col­lec­tive group, the week kicked off with a trip to the Chiefs game and then it moved on to so­cial events end­ing in a Rave on Fri­day night and a free con­cert.

Last Tues­day, a group of high school stu­dents mixed with suc­cess­ful peo­ple from the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Auck­land- based gui­tarist TJ Tao­tua, key­boardist Karl Ben­ton and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dawn­raid En­ter­tain­ment Danny Leaoasavaii worked with oth­ers in a col­lec­tive to bring the FRESHisFRESH work­shop.

The stu­dents worked on their own rap songs and spent the day learn­ing new dances.

Tao­tua said the pro­gramme was a ‘‘blue­print’’ of what they wanted to roll out in other com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘This is a col­lec­tive of dif­fer­ent as­pects of the mu­sic in­dus­try,’’ he said.

It’s to give the kids a holis­tic over­view of the in­dus­try.’’

He said the group started as ‘‘quiet, drawn back and re­served’’ and re­ally came out their shell to show their tal­ents.

Tao­tua hoped to be back to take a group to Auck­land to get amongst the mu­sic scene in ‘‘ the big smoke.’’

As well as ex­pand­ing on their tal­ents, youth were cel­e­brated with an awards cer­e­mony held at the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil cham­bers on Wed­nes­day night.

Shavaughan Uer­ata, left, Taya Ahomiro, Jayme Walker and Sasha Te Whare rep­re­sent For­est View High School at the awards.

Toko­roa stu­dents make the most of their day with suc­cess­ful artists who are in the mu­sic in­dus­try as part of Youth Week.

Sarah Livingston proudly holds her Youth Award.

Toko­roa High School head girl Dionne Tread­away is recog­nised at awards.

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