Holly Fortune is organising the first Nelson’s Got Talent show at the Boathouse. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Nelson’s Got Talent set to debut


A Nelson Scout is bringing the ‘golden buzzer’ to The Boathouse along with a string of local talent to perform at the first Nelson’s Got Talent show.

Holly Fortune, 12, was slightly daunted at the prospect of raising $2000 to attend the triennial Scouts Jamboree but wasted no time in coming up with a fundraising plan.

In December she will join 4000 members of the Scouting community at Mystery Creek for a ten-night camp-out which focuses on testing personal limits, learning to work together as a team as well as developing critical thinking, survival skills and independence.

Holly, a Nelson Intermediate student, is passionate about performing and has drawn inspiration for the talent show from reality show America’s Got Talent.

She decided that it was time Nelson talent had a stage to shine on and set about organising the first Nelson’s Got Talent show.

From designing a website, to planning kid-friendly platters and figuring out how exactly the ‘golden buzzer’ will work, Holly along with a helping hand from her father Chris, are in the final stages of planning what is set to be a ‘must-see’ event at the Boathouse on August 31.

“We’ve got secret celebrity judges, but the point is just to have fun,” says Holly.

Holly says she is still looking for contestants who fall in the categories of dancers, comedians, magicians or acrobats.

Chris says they chose the Boathouse because they’ve always spent a lot of time there and it was the original scout den for the Iron Duke Sea Scouts back in the day.

He says the evening will be all about having fun and kid-friendly drinks and platters will be available on the night.

To apply to be a contestant or to purchase a ticket, head to www.nelsonsgottalent.co.nz Adults $10 Kids $5.