Topic: Entertainment

The World Champs or Bust

By Taroi Black
  • Auckland

John Junior has never left the North Island, yet he hopes to perform at the World Champs of Performing Arts in LA.

John Junior Hohepa (AKA Junior) is going to exhaustive efforts to fundraise the $7,000 needed to get him to the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Long Beach, CA, even if it means busking on the street from now until then.

This afternoon talented singer, who first qualified to represent NZ in 2012, but never had the money to go, will begin a 7 day busk-a-thon at the Ōtara Music Company carpark.

He has busked at the Ōtara Markets for the last 25 years and he believes that his drive and passion for music is the reason it’s kept him out of trouble.

If you would like to donate than hop on to Givealittle page, the link is just below.

The Competition:

Each year, up to 50 countries send their best talent to the America. During the event, competitors go head to head in a wide variety of competitions. Each category has a winner that will receive a coveted gold medal which brings with it the respect and admiration of people around the world. The competition also includes a $300,000 USD in scholarships.