Drawn to music through his family, self-taught guitarist Chase Tangohau was surprised by a Monday morning phone call telling him he had won this year's Tasman's Got Talent.
Apart from boasting rights Chase also picked up $500 in Richmond Mall vouchers.
His original Bring Your Heart To The Table stole the show and voters' hearts, ahead of second-placed Indyah Madsen who was only 14 points behind. Liam Fitzsimon Cooper picked up a respectable third.
Chase, 18, said he wanted to thank the heaps of people who believed in what he loved doing.
"I just love music and I love writing about real stuff that means something."
Chase, who has been playing guitar for three years, said he wanted to eventually do a musical production course.
"I'm keen to move to Wellington next year and play music and then onto the course in Auckland."
The TGT competition ran over three heats and 60 auditions.
Organiser Paul McConachie said Chase's performance was special.
"The audience felt a connection with his performance, as catchy guitar riffs were complemented with a lyrical assault sung from the heart," Paul said.
"TGT has provided the next generation of superstars with a taste of performing live. For a lot of the contestants, this would have been their first opportunity for them to get up in front of their peers (and strangers) and demonstrate their talents after many hours of practising and rehearsing.
"TGT has connected the community on a magnitude of levels. From the 60-plus contestants performing, to the 500-plus people who attended the three shows, to the thousands of people who viewed the finalist clips online and voted - everyone has played their part in making TGT the success it is."
Other finalists included Fern Salmi, Tagan Stringer and Haerepo Te-Miha Barlow, Phoebe Potts, Liam Fitzsimon Cooper, Trinity Mohua, Morgan Eden and Jabez Giles, and Renee Macrae.