Time to bring out the talent
Far North’s Got Talent 2018 was launched with a concert at the Kaita¯ia Youth Creative Centre last weekend.
It featured a spectacular range of local acts including Canary Herbert, ‘ODEE1’ (aka Derek Ashley), a captivating performance from one of the audition judges, Soulsista Aotearoa, and a host of talented youngsters.
Crete Riiwhi-Tupe, from Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Te Tonga o Hokianga, who was one of last year’s finalists, to help inspire others to audition.
Auditions will continue over the next two months, starting at Broadwood Area School tomorrow, followed by the Mangonui Hall on Friday next week (June 22), Te Kao School (June 29) and Kaita¯ia College on July 6.
The annual talent quest is just one of community events organised by He Wha¯nau Marama Charitable Trust through its Shine on Kaita¯ia Project, in collaboration with other community groups and organisations.
“We receive feedback from our youth and community on the positive difference regular public events and activity brings to their lives, and we are committed to keeping this going to boost the morale of Kaita¯ia, to teach our youth volunteer skills and provide them with opportunities to experience how a community event is run and managed,” trust secretary Micah Tawhara said.
“And as always we aim to bring all our Far North families together in a positive and uplifting environment while celebrating the amazing talents of our Far North children.”
The FNGT2018 crew, accompanied by youth from Arotahi AIA, were travelling to the four communities to ensure maximum opportunity for engagement and participation for all children, youth and their families.
Would-be auditioners can register on the FNGT Facebook page, the only criterion being that they must be enrolled in a Far North school, kura or alternative education programme. Auditions, in junior (Year 1-8) and senior (Year 9-13) categories may also be posted on the Facebook page.
All auditions will be uploaded to the FNGT page for public viewing.
Everyone who attends an auditions (admission gold coin koha) will receive one official voting slip, while online voting will take place over the weekend of July 7-8). The judges will choose eight finalists, with the remaining two by public voting, the finalists then having six weeks to prepare for the big night at Te Ahu on August 25, where they will compete for trophies, the chance to produce an original track or video and cash prizes.
They will also have the chance to workshop with judges Riqi Harawira and Soulsista Aotearoa.
■ Anyone who would like to offer support, in cash, time or expertise is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or message either the Shine on Kaita¯ ia or FNGT Facebook pages.
Fifteen-year-old Crete Riiwhi-Tupe giving last year’s Far North’s Got Talent final her all.