Super star recognised by Rotary

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Super star recognised by Rotary Caroline Harker | Wanaka Sun (front page) published October 15, 2015 [caption id="attachment_2717" align="alignleft" width="313"] Front page of this week's Wanaka Sun[/caption] When entertainer Paul Tamati (pictured) was invited to talk about Stars in Your Eyes at the Wanaka Rotary Club on Tuesday, he turned up  expecting to do just that and sing a song with his daughter Erina, 14, who appeared in the show for the first time this year. It came as a complete surprise when Rotary announced he was the recipient of the club’s highest award – an international Paul Harris Fellowship – in recognition of outstanding work in the community.
“I was so amazed. Rotary do a lot of good work and when they said they had an award to announce, I was sure it would be for a Rotarian,” said Paul.
While Paul is probably best known as a long-time participant in Stars in Your Eyes, or as one of the smiling helpful staff at Mitre 10, these are just two of the many roles he plays in the community. Currently on the Mount Aspiring College Board of Trustees, Paul was on the Wanaka Primary School board from 2006-2012. He coordinates the hangi as part of the Kahu Youth Matariki celebrations and is the trade and food co-ordinator for the Wanaka Rodeo Club. He has been a trade marshall at the Wanaka Show since 2007 and joined the cultural committee for the Wanaka Medical Centre in 2009. In 2012 he received a Bill King Award for community service. He helped set up and run the Wanaka Primary School Walking Bus from 2010-2014 and is part of the Wanaka Community Patrol. [caption id="attachment_2499" align="alignleft" width="300"]Share your thoughts - TXT 021 08490001 Share your thoughts - TXT 021 08490001[/caption] He was a member of the QLDC Library Task Force in 2014. Several years ago he set up the Upper Clutha Musical Instruments Library to raise money to buy instruments which are then loaned to children. The organisation is now called Aspiring Young Musicians and has 20 brass instruments, numerous ukuleles, guitars and keyboards. Paul said of all the things he’s involved with, the organisation he’s most proud of is the A&P Society. “It’s such a wonderful show. (As a marshall) I place everyone who comes in. Last year there were 400 sites. It was amazing.” Those who know Paul won’t be surprised to hear the event he enjoys being part of the most is Stars in your Eyes. Paul has been committed to Stars in Your Eyes for 18 years, as a performer, backing singer, vocal director and recently as director of the entire show. People audition to play the role of a favourite performer singing one of their hits. This year, as well as directing the show, Paul played Luther Vandross singing “Never too much”. He’s also played Freddy Mercury (“I want to break free”) but his favourite of all 18 roles remains Stevie Wonder, singing “I just called to say I love you”. Will he remain with Stars any longer? “Of course. I’ll be there for as long as I’m around.” Paul has lived in Wanaka since he was 22 years old. Now married with three children, it’s a wonder he finds time for so much community work, as well as his job, and his family who he’s devoted too. “It’s all about time management. My wife Robyn has always gone to bed early, and when the children were little they were all tucked up by 7.30pm. So I only went to meetings which started after 7.30pm. I didn’t want to sit around watching TV. And that’s how it all began.” Read this week's Wanaka Sun online...
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