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Ain’t they amazing

Gisborne trio The Nia Nias have brought home the Pounamu Country Music Awards’ top trophy. Having reigned supreme with their performance of Anne Murray’s 1971 song Cotton Jenny, a piece Destiny’s mother used to sing, the trio will now perform at the New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year awards in October next year.

Wins by Gisborne country singers at the annual hoe-down did not stop there.

The Nia Nias also won the group section award while Manutuke musician Whata Brown won the male gospel section and was runner-up in the solo country and western section.

With his rendition of Don Williams’ 1980 song Ain’t It Amazing, Wiremu Nia Nia was runner-up in the veterans’ male gospel section.

Destiny won the senior female gospel, and solo awards while Flo Pahuru’s medley won her the crowd-pleaser award.

JOYFUL SOUND: The Nia Nias — Micah Lua (left), Lesley Nia Nia and Destiny Pahuru — were overall winners at the 2019 Pounamu Country Music Awards, held in Levin. Picture supplied