Tal­ented youth take to fi­nals

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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Far North’s Got Tal­ent judges Leonie Adams and Esera Saulo, flanked by sup­port crew and youth.

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