Solo musician, 17
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Talented Tawaroa has brains as well as brawn!
The teenager attends state of the art Maori language school Mana Tamariki. A self-taught guitarist, pianist and singer, he also excels at kapa haka and is the male leader of the region's fierce Te Piranga group, which this year came second overall in the Kura Tuarua Kapa Haka national secondary schools champs.
A skilled orator in both English and Te Reo Maori, Tawaroa additionally scooped this year's regional title in the secondary schools Nga Manu Korero competition going on to proudly represent his school at the national contest in Nelson in September.
He performs publicly with a band and has songs on iTunes. One of his biggest performance highlights to date is opening for the legendary Maori jazz and soul diva Whirimako Black.
Tawaroa draws musical inspiration from everyone from Beyonce to Bob Marley. His dream is to study music full-time at an internationally acclaimed institution and to eventually work as a music producer.
He entered NZGT because: "I think I have what it takes and with the right guidance I could go far!"