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One of Rotorua's premier events for talented youth, Matariki Star Search, is back and promises to be even better than last year.
Organised by Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru and Rotorua Library, Matariki Star Search 2017 is open to singers, dancers and performers aged from 8-18 years living in the Rotorua district.
Prizes are reflective of the calibre of the event with a $1000 Noel Leeming voucher going to the winner and $500 vouchers for the runner-up in each of the three categories. A $250 Noel Leeming voucher will also go to the People's Choice Award winner on the night of the finale.
"The talent amongst youth in Rotorua is outstanding and Matariki Star Search gives our young people competition and stage experience, exposure and the chance to shine," says Matariki Star Search organiser Te Aroha Rangi of Rotorua Library.
New categories have been added this year and individuals, duos and groups can enter in singing, dance or ngā mahi a rēhia o te ao (global performing arts) categories. Dance has been added, given the strength of dance performances seen in last year's finale with Madelyn Skilton receiving a Highly Commended and Promyss Pitman taking out the People's Choice Award for 2016.
The Ngā mahi a Rēhia category has been extended to include performing arts that draw on cultural traditions from anywhere in the world, including Māori and Pasifika performing arts.
As well as receiving vouchers to spend on digital equipment winners will also have the honour of having their names engraved on the Matariki Star Search trophies held at Rotorua Library. This year's winners will join the likes of Promise Royal and Rhodesia Boyz, Marangai Wainohu-Savage, Manunui Te Rangi and Potaua Tule-Morgan, who took out the Performance and Ngā mahi a Rēhia category in 2016.
Following on from her success at Matariki Star Search 2016, Promise Royal has performed at the Rotorua GLO Festival, sung the national anthem at the Bayleys National Sevens women's final and been a guest singer at the 2016 Rotorua Hospitality Awards and the Trustpower National Community awards held in Rotorua in March. She has modelled at New Zealand Fashion Week and been selected as a model for Rotorua designer Kharl WiRepa at the Pacific Runway in Sydney in October.
Entries for Matariki Star Search 2017 are now open and close Monday 22 May 2017. Auditions will be held between 6 and 15 June 2017 at Rotorua Library and the finale will be at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 19 July 2017 at 6pm.
Download an entry form or pick one up from Rotorua Library or Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru in the ANZ Building, Rotorua Central Mall.