Bay Chronicle : October 16th 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Voice win thrills granddad By SARAH HARRIS A PROUD Russell grandfather is bemused by his granddaughter’s rise to fame. Paul Eggleton says Alexa Curtis is just an ordinary 10-year-old — except for the fact she beat 8000 other children in their dreams to win The Voice Kids Australia in August. ‘‘She’s not precocious or anything like that,’’ he says. ‘‘She’s just your normal 10-year- old child who does girlie things. ‘‘She’s amazing though, she takes it all in her stride, she doesn’t let it go to her head.’’ Alexa lives in Brisbane although she, her parents and brother try to visit family in Russell about once a year. The Voice Kids is an Australian television talent show that premiered on the Nine Network in June. It screened on New Zealand’s TV2 last month. Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Benji Madden and Mel B were the coaches. Eggleton, a licensed immigration adviser, says Alexa has always enjoyed singing and dancing. ‘‘Michelle [Alexa’s mum] entered the auditions for The Voice Kids sort of tongue in cheek just to give Alexa something to do. ‘‘She never ever expected in a Go to baychronicle.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see Alexa singing. Super songstress: Alexa Curtis, winner of The Voice Kids Australia competition, has $50,000 and a Universal Music contract. Alexa won a Universal Music con- million years she’d even get selected for the auditions. But then she kept getting selected.’’ The 69-year-old says Alexa’s onscreen charisma is what set her above the others. ‘‘I think she’s got great stage presence. ‘‘Some people have that star quality. That’s what she’s got, she’s got something there together with her voice and she just presents very well.’’ The show is not live so three alternative endings for each of the three finalists were recorded, Eggleton says. Once the public votes are in the winner’s ending is shown. ‘‘I think it’s quite good psychologically,’’ he says. ‘‘If they don’t win they know what it’s like to be a winner.’’ Eggleton and his wife were sit- ting nervously by the phone when the winner’s ending was screened in Australia, ‘‘We had the internet going and the phones ready. ‘‘Seconds after it was announced my daughter rang and said Alexa had won. ‘‘We were all so excited.’’ Thieves steal hospice charity box By JENNY LING Thieves are being asked to return a pair of valuable antique opera glasses and a donation box stolen from Hospice Mid Northland. The non-profit organisation suffered the devastating blow last week and had planned to sell the glasses during a charity auction at the Turner Centre tomorrow. Proceeds from the event will raise money for patients who need palliative care and help support their families. The 12-carat gold opera glasses date back to the 1800s and were donated by a resident. They are worth about $300 and were stolen last Wednesday from the hospice’s temporary pop-up shop on Kerikeri Rd where dozens of items for the art and collectibles Unique item: These antique opera glasses were stolen from Hospice Mid Northland and were to be auctioned to help the community. auction are being housed. ‘‘We’re really, really disappointed because people donated these items to us so that we can raise money to support the community,’’ Hospice Mid Northland general manager Bernie Burrell says ‘‘We’re really struggling to make ends meet at the moment and then this happens.’’ A thief also took off with a hos- pice donation box from Subway on Cobham Rd in a separate incident last Tuesday. Shop manager Manjinder Brar says a man entered the store at about 5pm to use the toilet. He says the offender, described as a Maori, aged about 18 to 20, wearing a cap, red sweatshirt, boots and jeans, took the half-full donation box on his way out. Both thefts have been reported to the police and video footage from Subway is being reviewed to identify the culprit. Burrell has also phoned antique, jewellery and pawn shops and gold dealers in case the glasses turn up there. ‘‘They’re a unique item,’’ she says. ‘‘We’d be really happy for someone to drop them in, in an envelope, no questions asked, to the pop-up or hospice shop.’’ Kerikeri Acting Senior Sergeant Glenn Taplin says the hospice is doing ‘‘good things for the community’’. ‘‘It’s really sad to see people taking items that are there to be sold for people who are ill and need it. ‘‘Someone must know some- thing. It’s just about how honest they want to be.’’ ❚ Contact the Kerikeri police station 09 407 9211 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 if you have information about these thefts. 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I love it.’’ Rock on: Proud Paul Eggleton is surprised and impressed his 10-yearold granddaughter has won The Voice Kids Australia.
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