Tune in the for Homai Te Pakipaki Grand Final this Friday


The biggest night on Maori Television takes place this week with the live Grand Final of HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI 2013.

Ten aspiring singers will take the stage at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre on Friday 1 October at 8.30pm to compete for the mana of being the series seven winner – and a $20,000 cash prize. 

Hosted by Brent Mio, Taupunakohe Tocker and Pikiteora Mura-Hita, the Grand Final of the grassroots karaoke show is guaranteed to be a great night out, says producer Piripi Menary.
“There is some great talent in this year’s show and we are really looking forward to seeing our 10 Paki give it their best on the night,” he says. “We’ve also got a top line-up of entertainers, including former HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI Grand Final winner Chad Chambers, who will be taking the stage during the evening.”

Once all the finalists have performed, it will once again fall to the text-voting audience to decide who will take home the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI 2013 title. 

You can text your vote to 368, (text the word paki, leave one space then add the paki number) or come along to be part of the action at the Logan Campbell Centre, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom, Auckland.  Be sure to arrive early to be seated by 7.30pm. Gate entry is by gold coin koha.

The following 10 singers have been confirmed to sing for whanau, iwi and regional pride in the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI Grand Final extravaganza:

PAKI 1             TOBY RATAPU        (Te Aitanga a Mahaki) (Gisborne)
PAKI 2             SHERYDON NGAROPO TE TAI     (Te Rarawa) (Panguru, Hokianga)
PAKI 3             CHARLOTTE TOMOKINO-SINCLAIR       (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Hamoa) (Auckland)
PAKI 4             BEVAN HARFORD   (Ngati Raukawa, Ngapuhi) (Levin)
PAKI 5             JACK JOHNSON      (Ngapuhi, Tuhoe) (Porirua)
PAKI 6             MORGAN MCANENY          (Ngati Ranginui)    (Tauranga)
PAKI 7             JAMES POROURANGI KERR        (Ngati Porou) (Masterton)
PAKI 8             RACHEAL HIRA       (Tainui) (Tuakau)
PAKI 9             MICHAEL STEEDMAN        (Ngati Whatua) (Auckland)
PAKI 10           WILLIAM TOKELAU                         (Atihaunui-a-Paparangi)  (Auckland) 

The HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI finalists will once again be dressed in the latest fashion essentials from Farmers. Marketing manager Val Faulkner says the clothing company is pleased to support local talent and wishes all the finalists the best of luck. 

The winner will also take home a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and $100 top up courtesy of partner sponsor 2Degrees.

Tune in to the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI Grand Final on Maori Television at 8.30pm on October 4.


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Lauren Mentjox
Kaiwhakaputa Matua
Senior Publicist
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