Lake Rotoiti School students get chopped for Archibald's War
Walking into the salon wearing gumboots and big smiles, the group of 13 boys were excited to have their shaggy looks turned into something more dapper.
The boys aged six to 11 were being prepared for the school musical production, Archibald's War, involving all 29 pupils.
The play is about child evacuees during World War II in England. Archibald is one of their teddy bears which gets left on the train over their travels.
Lake Rotoiti School teacher Nicky Crawford said everyone was really excited about the performance.
"What I really like about it is you see children shine who you might not expect to."
Zac Giffith, 11, was one of the boys who showed off a great mop of hair before it was swiftly reined in by the hairdresser's scissors.
He said he had "mastered" his lines for his three roles.
"I sing country music on stage so I quite like being on stage. "My head does feel lighter," he said after his cut. "Feels like it's going to float away."
All the children's costumes will reflect how boys looked in the 1940s.
Crawford said a team of mums were making clothing and much op shopping had been done to collect outfits for the children to wear.
"It's been quite an eye opener for them I think."
John van Gosliga from Aboki Hairdressers had offered to do the children's hair for free, including the girls' hair on the night of the show, as Crawford had mentioned the school performance to him.
No stranger to the theatre himself, van Gosliga and his team have been doing the hair for most of the youth theatre shows in Nelson for the last 12 years.
After an hour the young boys were transformed - all keen to show of their cuts to each other and feel their short, spiky looks.
Tickets for Archibald's War, which hits the stage for one night at the Nelson's Theatre Royal on June 2, can be purchased from the Theatre Royal and Ticket Direct.