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Thursday February 11, 2016

Singing star’s talent nurtured By Nikki Papatsoumas

A local singing star has been awarded a special scholarship to help her work on her craft. Twelve-year-old Rachel Katoa has been taking keyboard lessons with Sonia’s Musikgarten for the last four years. Founder of Sonia’s Musikgarten, Sonia Markholm, said she heard Rachel sing for the first time last year at a funding concert and was immediately “blown away”. “Her singing voice blew me away. It was obvious to me that she’s a natural born singer and that her gift needed to be nurtured. “This was the first time I have heard her do a solo, it was beautiful. She was singing like an angel.” Sonia said as it was not financially viable for the South Wellington Intermediate School student’s family to send her to singing lessons, she decided to help out best she could. “My father had just passed away, so

I decided to use some of the money he’s given me to set up an annual scholarship,” Sonia said. At the Musikgarten Keyboard Presentation late last year, Rachel was named as the first recipient of the Graham Markholm Music Scholarship, worth $2000. Money from the scholarship will go towards singing lessons, which Rachel began this week. “When I heard her singing I thought this has to be nurtured you can’t ignore a gift like that,” Sonia said. “She’s got something special – she’s got the X Factor.” Rachel, who is head girl at her school this year, said she was “excited” to take up singing lessons as she had never done them before. Rachel said she now hopes to continue singing in the future. “I would like to audition for X Factor,” she said.  For more information on Sonia’s Musikgarten, head to

From left, Rachel Katoa with Sonia Markholm from Sonia’s Musikgarten.

Revellers enjoying last year’s Wine and Food Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: Brady Dyer

Wine and Food Festival set to sizzle

Wellington’s top food vendors will be serving up hot eats while the region’s finest wineries and craft breweries will offer icy cold tipples at this month’s Wellington Wine and Food Festival. The festival, in its second year, gives guests the chance to dine on cuisine from around the world including Indian, African, Argentinean and Southern American. Organiser Damien Hochberg said the menus have been designed with street food in mind, allowing attendees to sample a range of different foods. “We’ve avoided a sitdown

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restaurant style of dining, as we want people to be tasting and trying as much as they can. “Some dishes will be able to be shared, too, like sliders coming in a portion of two.” The Bresolin, La Boca Loca, Crab Shack and El Matador are among the food vendors this year. Wines from the Wellington region as well as Marlborough will be on offer including Gladstone, Ohau and Tiki. The fine wines will be complemented with Tuatara, Funk Estate and Good George breweries. The event, on at Waitangi

Park on February 19 and 20, is held over three sessions: Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night. Hochberg said the early-bird tickets, which have been on sale since November, went quickly with some sessions already close to selling out. “Saturday afternoon has proven particularly popular - people love having an afternoon session with mates in the sun. “But the two evening events are also tracking well and will have a real party atmosphere.”

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