George creates baskets, bowls and hats from kikau, and demonstrates the craft at the market on Wednesday afternoons.
“The ladies at the Punanga Nui market here, put my name down, they never asked me, so now I have to dance!”
And, so as not to disappoint his sponsors, he will take to the stage tomorrow night.
Last week’s postponed Te Mire Ura contest will be held tomorrow night with six expatriate and 16 Masters dancers confirmed.
A former member of the Taakoka dance troupe,dancing has taken George around the world. “Back in my younger days I was a good dancer – I hope I’ve still got it.”
He will focus on entertaining the audience and is not fussed about his costume. “It’ll take me a few hours and there’s plenty of kikau around,” he said. “This is about having fun, having a good time.”
The show starts at 8pm Friday at Rehab nightclub.
The line-up of expatriate dancers are: Claire Wilson for Vaka Takitumu, Zac Moran for Vaka Takitumu, Carina Wenzel (defending champion) for Aroa Adventure Cook Islands, Shania Synol Kumar for Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Marlon Rebollos (defending champion) for Highland Paradise, Sinsemillia Ngatono Te Wara-Joseph for Paintball Kuki's.
The Rauti Pi (Masters 45 -57 years) contestants are: Katu Teiti for Vaka Puaikura, Rebecca Ellis for Intaff, Ngati Matapo Tangaina for the Hospital Operating Theatre, Lorna Nicholas for Cool Kebabs, James Tuaputa for Mangaia enua, Lotiola Mateariki for Mauke enua, Teariki Adams for Corrective Services, Mata Arnold for Aitutaki enua, Casper Mateariki for Atiu enua, Joanna Manuelafor Oire Nikao, Mata Sunshine George sunshine for Punanga Nui market, Dawn Crummer for Vaka Puaikura, Ioane Ina Tou for Island Craft and Atiu enua, Poso Ngaroi for Takuvaine, Merle Pukerua for Tereora College and Te Fuinga o Niva, Nooroa Ngametua (defending champion) for Mangaia enua.