Hip hop dancers take world title

WORLD CHAMPS: Sweet and Sour, from left, Hadleigh Pouesi, Leon Huinga, Fender Maeva, Christmas Tavita, Tom Lose, Arona Leaga, Hurricane Tamarua. Absent are, David Peni and Adam Fifita.
WORLD CHAMPS: Sweet and Sour, from left, Hadleigh Pouesi, Leon Huinga, Fender Maeva, Christmas Tavita, Tom Lose, Arona Leaga, Hurricane Tamarua. Absent are, David Peni and Adam Fifita.

They're young, talented and world champions.

Sweet and Sour dance crew have won the world hip hop dance competition in Las Vegas.

The dancers – all past and present students of Kelston Boys High – are coming home on Wednesday and you’re invited to welcome them back at the airport.

Long-time supporter Stephanie Harawira from the Ezekial 33 Trust is co-ordinating efforts to get 80 kapa haka, Samoan and hip hip youth groups out to Mangere to greet the boys as they enter the arrivals lounge at 6.30am.

Mayor Bob Harvey will also be there to give them a big west Auckland greeting and is inviting Western Leader readers to join him.

"This is the best news of the week," Mr Harvey says.

"I don’t care what they do in Beijing.

"I am so pleased for these guys. I thought they were brilliant when I first saw them perform.

"This city and its citizens would proudly give them the honour of youth ambassadors.

"It’s a great story – makes you feel truly proud."

Sweet and Sour director Hadleigh Pouesi says the boys have had the journey of a lifetime.

"This trip has not only opened our eyes to the big wide world but has also helped us build priceless networks and strong friendships," he says.

"This trip has truly been a dream come true.

"Now it is time for us to reset and focus on the direction that we are heading."

Sweet and Sour beat 75 crews from 22 countries and appeared live on the ABC breakfast show and NBC News.

Hadleigh says they can’t wait to return to New Zealand. "We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in our journey to the world champs.

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we cannot wait to get back home."

Western Leader