Aug. 16, 2018, 5:37 p.m.
Far North’s Got Talent 2018 finale is fast approaching. After an intense four rounds of auditions and online auditions it has come down to 11 finalists to battle it out for the original Far North Idol trophies, cash prizes and title of Far North’s most talented for 2018.
A two day wānanga was held at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro for the 11 finalists to receive some tips from the heat judges Leonie Adams, Riqi Harawira and SoulSista Aotearoa. The judges worked with all of the finalists to improve on their stage presence, crowd engagement, microphone techniques and stage presentation.
During the wānanga each finalist shared their reasons why they auditioned for FNGT 2018 and what inspires them to do what they do? Family was a common response to what inspired them.
Shakira Tahitahi Matiu a senior contestant from Abundant Life School says she auditioned to inspire more rangatahi to follow their dreams.
Flapping their wings and mowing the wehi returning to run the stage is the dynamic duo Luke "The Birdman" Bird and Miss Kihi Ririnui. These two energized entertainers really know how to engage a crowd.
Three judges have been confirmed so far, Pere Wīhongi (from Herekino and in the famous Māori music rōpū Maimoa) Tina Cross (who lived in Kaitaia and took out her first Talent Quest at Kaitaia College) and Majic Paora (Reggae Artist who has been a judge for the FNGT 2016, 2017 & now 2018) keep an eye on the FNGT Facebook page for the fourth judge to be announced.
Last year, for the FNGT 2017 Kapowairua Waitai won the junior section with a prize of $800 and Bowen Matthews and Manawa McLeod took out first place in the senior section, winning $1000.
The finals are at Te Ahu on Saturday week (August 25), the doors opening at 3pm. Tickets are on sale via the Far North's Got Talent 2018 Facebook page.
$20 (adults), $10 (children six to 17 years) and $5 (five year olds and under), babies free.
The Te Ahu Trust, Te Ahu Cinema and Te Hiku Media have also joined forces to live stream the show to the Little Theatre and online.
All proceeds, after costs have been covered, will go towards Shine on Kaitaia's fundraising for the town's Youth Activity Centre project at the old Pak'nSave site.
The full on demand performances from Far North's Got Talent 2018 can be seen on tehiku.nz
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