Little school closes in on big cash prize

17:00, Apr 22 2011
Uruti School
CUTE CAUSE: Uruti School's Calum Black, 10, and sister Ishbel Black, 7, with their ukuleles that might be the winning ticket to a $10,000 ukulele Hitachi competition that closes next week.

Uruti is giving Hollywood a run for its money.

The $10,000 Another Hitachi Day competition comes to a close on April 29 and Uruti's tiny school is only 8000 votes away from first prize.

The school has entered a video in the competition which shows the school's eight pupils strumming ukuleles and singing. Votes are registered every time someone watches their video on

The Uruti video is currently in second place.

Ishbel Black, 7, and brother Calum, 10, have their sights set on a school camp in Auckland with all the trimmings.

"We're going to Auckland to Candyland.


"We can celebrate heaps if we win," Ishbel said.

Both Ishbel and Calum are enjoying their time off from fame on their parents' Uruti farm but are doing their best to encourage everyone they know to vote for their video.

Principal at the small rural North Taranaki school, Pauline Sutton, said even the head of the Orthodox Church in Greece had got hold of the video and was supporting their cause.

"Ishbel and Calum's grandmother works at a hospital in Scotland and she passed on the link to a number of chaplains and somehow it got to the head of the Greek Orthodox Church," Mrs Sutton said.

"Apparently he was handing out pieces of paper with the video link to other leaders at a conference recently.

"The support is just incredible from all over the world."

Only six families make up the school community.

Mrs Sutton said the competition was a unique and fun way for the children to help their parents out for a change.

Ishbel and Calum are steering clear of the limelight over the holidays, helping their Dad with his live bee deliveries to Rotorua and playing with the animals and doing what normal kids do.

Despite their international stardom neither sees a future in movies.

Both plan to live and work on the farm, although Calum is set on dairy cows while Ishbel has a soft spot for sheep and is thinking of becoming a vet.

Help Uruti out by clicking as many times as possible on their You Tube link.

Taranaki Daily News