Locally adored singer and dancer Turanga Merito is a big name on the transtasman entertainment scene but it’s Rotorua gain that this local lad has chosen to come home and give back to the city he loves. The former Lakes High School student has flitted from one impressive role to another between New Zealand and Australia for the past decade. His credits include playing Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, opening for Beyonce as part of Stan Walker’s troupe and being a national and world judge for Hip Hop International Australia and World Supremacy Battlegrounds. His master dance skills are seen each year as head choreographer for the ever popular Christmas in the Park concerts. The newly established Lakes Performing Arts Company in Rotorua has scored a coup by snapping him up as a dance teacher and vocal coach. This year Lakeside 2018 – Whenua #itsabouthome is thrilled to have Turanga as choreographer in charge of a 4Dimensional Dance Extravaganza – the details of which we will keep under wraps. He will also join vocal group Maimoa Music of Maori Television fame to sing a number.
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