Talented youth take to finals
Forty-nine young contestants, four close heats and over 2000 public votes.
Now, 16 final acts prepare to shine brighter than ever for the final of Far North’s Got Talent at Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia on August 26.
Co-ordinator Micah Tawhara says this year’s showcase has outstripped all expectations after last year’s inaugural success, attracting a record 100,000 plus hits from as far afield as Europe on its Facebook page.
‘‘Whanau around the world are following the event, celebrating the awesome talent of nieces, nephews and mokos they may not have seen since they were babies.’’
Open to all Far North youth aged from five to 18 years, four heats were held at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro, Te Kao School, Mangonui Hall and Broadwood Area School during July.
The final acts to go through in the juniors section are McKenzie Boynton, Kapowairua Waitai, Blake Bennett, Kees Cherrington, Dance Wild Juniors, Jahrelle Thomas and Te Koha Shortland.
The seniors are Te Aroha Pawa, Bowen Boyka and Manawa McLeod, Tihema Riwai, Te Hauroamairangi TawharaCrown, H.K.A, Totara-Rimu Semenoff and Saphyre Florian, Hush Dance Group, Anika Wineera and Crete Riiwhi-Tupe.
Far North’s Got Talent judges Leonie Adams and Esera Saulo, flanked by support crew and youth.