Hairdressing Dolly Comps Bring Out Student Colour

01 Aug 2014

Taneatua produces talent and Waiariki makes them champions. Just ask Taneatua local Natalia Misty Hope (pictured far right). The first year hairdressing student at Waiariki’s Whakatane campus has just beaten her peers from around the region, to take out first place at the annual Dolly Competition held in Tokoroa yesterday.
Putting on show the talents of our hairdressing students from across the various Waiariki campuses, the event was amazingly catered by the Tokoroa Certificate in Café Operations class, and featured a Pasifika cultural performance prior to the awards ceremony.
Excited, and crediting her tutors Lesley Wikeepa and Paulette Brown for her inspiration, Natalia remains modest on her success “I feel so blessed to win. Very, very blessed. I didn’t think I was going to come anywhere to be honest”.

Labelling the experience of such a competition while still being a student as “awesome”, Natalia continues. “The Dolly Comps really give you an idea what hairdressing is all about."
"There are quite a few girls out there whose work is really, really great and you get to take it all in and compliment their work. It’s been well worth the drive over from Whakatane (laughs), especially having the Pasifika band play as well - the band, the food, the people, it’s just been an awesome experience.”

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