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ready to rip
up the roads
The International Rally of
Whangarei will give the region's
metal roads a good workout once
again this year.
Starting from the Cameron St
Mall on May 17, cars and crews
from around the Asia Pacific region
embark on a journey of 727km over
roads in the Whangarei and Kai-
Competition begins early
Saturday morning with the cars
leaving the Town Basin from 8am.
The route takes in roads in the
Waipu Caves, Brooks and Parahi
area before returning to Whangarei
for the Pohe Island super special
stage and the first service break for
Repeating the route in the after-
noon for a total of eight special
stages, the cars will then be
secured in an overnight park before
a further eight stages on the
Leaving Whangarei just before
7am, the day covers Waipu Gorge,
Batley and the new Arcadia/Cas-
sidy road combination around
The finishers return to the Quay-
side Town Basin for a ceremonial
finish at 3.15pm and awards.
The rally include teams compet-
ing in the six round New Zealand
Rally Championship plus club and
regional competitors in the Top
Half rally series.
Visit rallywhangarei.co.nz for
Wet wait: Supporters Hannah Nelson, left, and Rowland Ambler, singer Johanna Ambler,
father Paul Ambler and singer Andy Volkner wait in the rain at the The X Factor NZ pre-
Photos: DENISE PIPER
Singing for supper: Karam David from
Mangawhai is hopeful his version of Let
Her Cry by Hootie & the Blowfish will
impress the X Factor executive producers.
Hopefuls hunt X-factor
By DENISE PIPER
Rain, a long wait and a dragon's den of
judges did not stop hundreds of hopeful
singers from auditioning for TV3's The
X Factor NZ.
The pre-auditions were held in
Whangarei on February 4 with more
than 170 singers showing off their
voices and musical talent in the hope of
becoming New Zealand's next big
The event was not recorded for tele-
vision but those with enough x-factor
to impress the four executive producers
will be invited to audition in front of a
live audience and the television
cameras in Auckland, says publicist
It would take months to audition
everyone, so we have pre-auditions to
get the cream of the crop.''
Singers lined up, some with guitar in
hand, from 6am and the auditions
were still going well past the 3pm
scheduled closing time.
Paul Ambler drove his 17-year-old
daughter Johanna down from Waima-
maku so she could sing her original
music. While she was nervous, Dad
was full of faith.
We sing together sometimes but
she's the one who wanted to come.
She's been singing by herself for a
while now and writing her own songs.''
Andy Volkner queued for about four
hours to sing his blues-style music and
admits he is disheartened to get a no''
from the judges.
I'm a bit disappointed but it doesn't
stop you -- nothing ventured, nothing
gained,'' he says.
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