Time to bring out the tal­ent

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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 he­whanau­mara­ma­trust@gmail.com or mes­sage ei­ther the Shine on Kaita¯ ia or FNGT Face­book pages.

PIC­TURE / KIRSTY SAXON

Fif­teen-year-old Crete Ri­i­whi-Tupe giv­ing last year’s Far North’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal her all.

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