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make the cut
Wild one: Gore's Atareta Kani
needs people's help to be a
wildcard entrant in New
Zealand's Got Talent.
A Gore singer is
hoping to make it on
to the New Zealand's
Got Talent television
show as a wildcard
entry but she needs
help to do it.
Atareta Kani is 19th
in the wildcard draw
band to make it on to
the show and needs
more votes to make
the top five.
''If I get to the top
five I will go to the
auditions in Auck-
land,'' she said.
It would be Atareta's
because she has
never previously had the courage to sing in front
of an audience.
''I love singing, although my main purpose is to
inspire others and show that anything is possible
if you just try,'' she said.
''I think a show like this is just what New Zealand
needs as there is so much hidden talent.''
Gore people can vote once a day online and also
text: Vote NZ136, with your name, to 5337. Voting
closes on October 10 and Atareta will find out on
October 14 if she has made the cut.
A link to Atareta's audition song, which is a John
Legend cover, is on the Newslink Facebook page.
Learning from champ: Blue Mountain College students, from left, Sam Peirce, Ashleigh White and Tony Johnstone with golfer Vaughan McCall.
Champion golfer returns
to old school to give tips
Top golfer passes on life lessons to students, reports Elysia Tilbrook
Eyeing it up: Vaughan McCall in action.
New Zealand's number one amateur
golfer Vaughan McCall spoke to students
at Blue Mountain College this week,
recalling the times when he attended the
The Gore golfing star told students that,
unlike his brothers who were academi-
cally minded, he always knew he wanted
to play golf.
''But you need your own career path, and
you need to keep your options open,'' he
''Get a good education and you have to be
Tomorrow McCall heads to Japan where
he will compete in the Japan Open
against tough professional players.
''If I make the cut I am doing really well.
''It is one tier down from the PGA tour so
it is very prestigious,'' he said.
McCall will then have a couple of days to
rest before heading to Turkey to compete
in the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy, which
will be contested from October 1 to 4 at
the Antalya and Cornelia golf clubs.
It is a strokeplay international teams
event in which the best two individual
scores from three players in each team
count towards the final score.
McCall is understood to be the first
Southlander to represent the province at
the event, although former Southland
champion Liz Douglas represented New
Zealand at the Espirito Santo, the
women's equivalent, including the 1982
event in Geneva where she, Brenda
Ormsby and Janice Arnold finished
second. At the time that was the best New
Zealand finish since the event started in
''It will be tough,'' McCall said.
''I know who will be there.''
His biggest competition will be players
from the United States, the Netherlands,
China and Japan, he said.
''But I want to do well. I have set my
expectations high but I know I am
competing against the best.''
Rubbish team: There was ''heaps'' of rubbish along the
railway line on Main St, according to Longford
Intermediate students. Students from the school
collected rubbish from the street on Monday. Those
students included, from left, Jewel Turipa, Megan
Cowan and Kyla Kee-Evans. Jewel said they had found a
lot of glass and rubbish, particularly along the railway
line. The school was collecting rubbish as part of the
Foundation for Youth Development's Kiwi Can, which
aims to teach essential life skills and values including
resilience, respect, integrity and manners.
Photo: ELYSIA TILBROOK
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