Sunday, 16 September 2012


Hauraki Country Music Club
draws record crowd to Ngatea

Graeme McCardle
Five New Zealand country music clubs gathered yesterday in Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains for a day of music and entertainment. Visitors came in buses and nini-vans from clubs at Helensville, Papakura, Tuakau and Ngaruawahia for the Hauraki Club’s 20th birthday.

The Ngatea Memorial Hall was full to overflowing with the numbers swelled by locals flocking in to hear the singers, including Heather Holland, president of the New Zealand Country Music Association. Ted Standen from Whangamata who gave an excellent yodeling performance and others including Alf Williams from Papakura, Ivan and Naomi Hoete and Grant Tetley from Tuakau.

The show moved quickly from artist to artist during the day but at least five available local singers missed out on a spot due to time constraints.  Hauraki president and program manager, Judy Walsh, has promised those singers two spots each on the next club day.

The highlight of the day was Graeme McCardle, founder of the Helensville club, closing the show and singing The Auctioneer.

The Hauraki Country Music Club meets in Ngatea every third Saturday afternoon.