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Nov 072019

Kuranui actors and musicians put on a series of stunning performances at the Wairarapa A&P Show, held last weekend at the Clareville Showgrounds.

This is the second year that the junior and senior performers have provided entertainment for the public at the show. The students leapt at a chance to strut their stuff in front of the community, with the weekend was filled with a diverse range of performances, from Wairarapa’s Got Talent’s winner Meg Hunter performing her prizewinning solo, to Kuranui’s Jazz band Kikorangi, or the performing arts students performing their dramatic skits.

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Supporting the community through events such as this is a big part of what Kuranui College strives to do, and the musicians were also pleased with the added publicity from the event. “It was cool for people to be able to hear our stuff and dive into it, a lot of the students especially enjoyed it which I think is great,” said the lead singer and bassist in Kuranui’s rock band Absolutely Knott, Corban Van Manen.

Their band played five songs, with a mixture of classics such as ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen, to many of their own songs, such as ‘Janine’, and ‘Castle in the Clouds’. “The heat was definitely difficult to perform in, but it was well worth it to see all of the support, especially from the Kuranui students,” added Van Manen.

The college’s student leaders helped out in all areas of the event, from collecting tickets, helping with the show jumping, or assisting with the many games and activities at the show.

“We really enjoy being part of the Wairarapa A&P Show. It certainly provides a great opportunity for the Wairarapa community to engage with our students and in return, a chance for the students to give back to the community,” said Kuranui Principal Simon Fuller.

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