Gore pupils to sing town’s praises

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Lights Camera Action . . . Gore Main School pupil Ethan Hope (10) performs new song My Town as the What Now field manager Chester Travis and cameraman Matt Martini look on. PHOTO: VALU MAKA.

Lights, camera, action – some of Gore Main School’s pupils will debut a new song, My Town, which focuses on promoting the district.

The song is part of a new segment which will feature sometime in the next four weeks on children’s television programme What Now . Principal Glenn Puna said the video was to substitute for the live show which was suppose to happen before lockdown.

“We had submitted a one-minute video of our kapa haka group but then everything got closed down.

“So they [What Now] got back in contact and asked whether we had kids who would do the My Town segment.”

To be a part of the programme was something the pupils would never forget, Mr Puna said.

The song was written by What Now field manager Chester Travis.

The lyrics featured well-known locations around Gore which the school had suggested, including the trout, ice rink, aviary and StoryWalk.

Mr Travis was impressed with the pupils’ efforts.

“I have been blown away with the children’s enthusiasm, energy and just how well-behaved they have been.”

Pupils Chloe McHaffie and Ethan Hope (both 10) had been chosen to participate in the video.

Chloe was excited as a fan of What Now, which screens on Sundays.

“I’ve only dreamed about this,” she said.