Week of celebrations for youth
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.