New face of Milky Bar

Hinetaapora Short, 8, from Rotorua is the world’s first female Milky Bar Kid, beating more than 15 entries in a nation-wide search scoring the highest percentage of more than 11, total votes received. Three of Short’s brothers also entered the competition. Short attends Te Kura O Tekoutu school and is fluent in Te Reo and also speaks Spanish. Milky Bar spokesman Jeremy Boucher said she was a hit with the judges and New Zealand public alike. “We opened up this search to all New Zealanders, and it is exciting to have found a winner who not only has the special qualities to come through this audition process but who also embodies New Zealand in the 21st century,” Boucher said.

Image credit: Scoop and Milky Bar

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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her…