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Waitomo's Got Talent
Youth from Te Kuiti and Otorohanga were invited to audition for Waitomo's Got Talent in July this year.
The finale was held on the 12th September, at the Waitomo Cultural and Arts Centre, Te Kuiti. More than 500 people attended to cheer on the top 10 finalists:
Taylor Matthews and Chris Bio, Armadeus Hita, Jasmin Kennard, Trae Aitken, Talesha Waretini, Paige Bell and Charm Rhind, Tahlia Matthews, Tamea Te Rauna, Montesha Perawiti, Puhi Ngawaka, Te Awhina Anderson, Tailah Teddy, Stevie-Lee Williams and Baylee Rangitaawa, Tipene Thackray and Ariana Joseph
The Youth Council did an excellent job organising this event and they also performed on the night.
Congratulations to: Armadeus Hita (Te Kuiti) - was awarded third place with his hip-hop performance, Trae Aiken (Piopio) - came runner-up with his original song, Talesha Waretini (Otorohanga) won first place with her cover of Sam Smith's - 'I'm not the only one'.
We were very pleased with the support shown to the Youth which helped make this another successful event.
Skate Park Makeover
Waitomo District Youth Council (WDYC) received funding from the Youth Development Partnership Fund to facilitate youth focused events at the Te Kuiti Skate Park.
In May 2014, improvements to the equipment and facilities at the skate park was completed including concrete work, new drinking fountain and a new basketball goal. A team of 25 youth got involved; carrying out painting work and giving the park a general tidy up. An additional 40 people took part to support the event and watch the skate and scooter competition.
This project was initiated and led by the Youth Council with the support of WDC. The aim was to generate pride in the facility and make it more user friendly and safe for the public.
Clean up the Mangaokewa River
A meeting was held with representatives from Maniapoto Maori Trust Board, Waikato Regional Council and Enviro Schools on September 23rd 2013 to discuss options for the proposed Clean up of the Mangaokewa River Project by the Waitomo Youth Council and other interested parties.
A project plan was developed for the clean up to take place mid December. The projects will include riverbank maintenance, beautification and a general appreciation of this precious water resource running through our town.
The focus for the first stage of the project will be to concentrate on the areas currently used by members of the local community for recreational purposes. This will consist of the managed removal of debris from the length of the river that runs behind the New World Supermarket on Te Kumi Road to Redwood Park on Waitete Road.
Outcome of this project
The combined effort by the Waitomo District Youth Council, Maniapoto Maori Trust Board, DOC and WDC, resulted in the clean up the Mangaokewa River that runs through Te Kuiti. This was a fantastic day, and it was great to see so many supporters turn out to support our young people for such a good cause. The goal is to make sure the river remains clean of rubbish.
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