Constellation of talent sparkles inside hall

Taranaki's Got Talent finals night at NPGHS. Whiti Hikaka from Spotswood College performs.
Taranaki's Got Talent finals night at NPGHS. Whiti Hikaka from Spotswood College performs.

Has Taranaki got talent? You'd better believe it.

And a savvy crowd packed the hall at the New Plymouth Girls' High School last night to watch 19 finalists strut their stuff in the Waves Youth Centre-organised New Plymouth's Got Talent show.

Waitara's Waiata Healy won first prize of a full day's worth of recording in the King Street Creative studio with Zoe Fern, NP, and Kale Simpson, Waitara, second and third respectively. They each received three hours of recording at King Street.

The finalists were trimmed from an initial entry of 55 for the event which was run by Waves Youth Centre to coincide with Youth Week.

Event co-ordinator Niki Jenkinson was impressed with the success of the show.

"We had a lot of talent. It was amazing, it is fantastic," Ms Jenkinson said.

She said contestants, aged between 10 and 25, were nervous during the heats but were excited and pumped up for last night's finals.

Judges included Mayor Harry Duynhoven and local music promoter Brian Wafer.

Taranaki Daily News