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SERIOUS FUN: Kaiapoi High School's
Chunk of Serious perform at the
Smokefreerockquest heats on
Sunday night. From left, Josh
Webster, Mikael Tuhaka, Josh Isaacs
(drums) and Sam Keith on guitar.
Bands go on in quest to win
By CATE BROUGHTON
TWO KAIAPOI High School
bands have made it into the
Canterbury regional finals of this
year s Smokefreerockquest.
The feat is extra special for
Kaiapoi High School music tea-
cher and head of arts Jeff
Bergman, as it will be his last
Rockquest with the school.
As music teacher at the school
for 27 years, Mr Bergman has
been involved with the legendary
music competition since it began
in 1988 -- 25 years ago.
In a few months time, he and
his wife, Rhondda Bergman, will
head to Amman, Jordan to take
up a music teaching position at an
On Sunday, Mr Bergman
watched as Chunk of Serious and
Dancing With Medusa both took
to the stage.
Year 11 students Armstrong
Beedles, Jonny Wilson, James
McPherson, Jayden Edwards-
Robinson and Sam Kirk-Reeves
formed Dancing with Medusa this
year, helped by Mr Bergman.
He also helped organise practice
times and ensure the boys had
access to school equipment.
He described the band s style as
a bit retro, definitely rock, with
melodic vocals .
Though a bit raw in terms of
experience , they were very
good and he expected they would
get even better with more time
They have worked really hard
and spent big hunks of their
Chunk of Serious was formed
by year 13 students Josh Isaacs,
Sam Keith, Mikael Tuhaka and
Mr Bergman said he was not
surprised they had made it
through to the finals.
They are particularly good
players and they did really well
last year, too.
With a mix of rap, a mellow,
lyrical sound and funky rhythm,
the band had
role in foster-
ent in New
While the overall high standard
of the top bands had not changed
in 25 years, the standard across
the whole competition had
improved markedly, making the
event a more enjoyable experience
At the Canterbury regional
finals on June 29 and 30, first and
second place for the solo/duo will
be announced, as will the top
three placings for bands and a
range of other awards.
Another North Canterbury
band that was selected to go
through to the finals was Shadow
Graph from Hurunui College.
The top two regional bands
and solo/duos from the hotly con-
tested Canterbury finals will sub-
mit videos to go into the judging
pool for selection to play off at the
national final in Auckland on
Flocks in need of a blast
Hunters are encouraged to get out on
Saturday in an effort to disperse
game birds that have flocked up
since the beginning of the season.
For some reason, this time of the
season triggers behavioral changes
in game birds and they have a
tendency to flock in large numbers,
Dick Barr, of Fish & Game North
The concept is about encouraging
as many of our duck hunters out for
effort to get those ducks moving.
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