Standing alone on stage at the National Auditorium, Maihanarei Short says she was nervous at the start, seeing the large audience.
But she focused on her selected song “Ariki Vaine’, and eased into the lyrics.
“I chose the song because I like it, and my Mum sings it too,” she says. “I really did enjoy it.”
Maihanarei Short from Apii Avarua, winner of the junior song quest’s 12-year-old category, also took home with her the Most Promising award for the 11-12 year olds.
She encourages kids who may be too shy to participate in the singing event to, “just give it a go.”
Short grew up singing, dancing and plays a wide range of musical instruments with her family, who are talented and skilled cultural artists and performers who have a dance team, “Manava Nui”.
She was trained by her mother, Jane Rubena and father, Mark Short; this is the second song talent event she has entered and she looks forward to taking part in future events.
2019 JUNIOR SONG QUEST PRESENTATION
4th Emma Joy Motu, Avarua
3rd Samson Ngamata, Takitumu
2nd Grace Tangaroa, Avarua
1st Alice Mareta, Rutaki
4th Esther Taokia, Arorangi
3rd Teraipoia Heather, Arorangi
2nd Michaela Tangatakino, Nikao
1st Eitia Taylor, Te Uki Ou
4th Kpl Maeva, Rutaki
3rd Teamoana Metuakore, Papaaroa
2nd Jubilee Jubilee, Akatemia
1st Toto Tiaore, Nikao
4th Kahana Ellison, Takitumu
3rd Hanna Sivo, Akatemia
2nd Jeremiah Kaimarama, Arorangi
1st Jaselle Areora, Te Uki Ou
4th Anna Kamikamica, Papaaroa
3rd Lina Tua, Nikao
2nd Aleida Tere, Te Uki Ou
1st Maihanarei Short, Avarua
8-10yrs Eitia Taylor, Te Uki Ou
11-12yrs Maihanarei Short, Avarua
Highest 4th Place: Emma Joy Motu, Avarua