Roman Nicholas on talent show Homai T...

Roman Nicholas on talent show Homai Te Pakipaki. Photo: Supplied.

There are 42 comments on the Bay of Plenty Times story from Oct 17, 2010, titled Roman Nicholas on talent show Homai Te Pakipaki. Photo: Supplied.. In it, Bay of Plenty Times reports that:

Roman Nicholas once described singing as "a hobby of his" but the talented Tauranga teenager may have to rethink his future after winning the grand final of the Maori Television's talent show Homai Te Pakipaki.

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Hohepa

Auckland, New Zealand

#1 Oct 18, 2010
Well done however thought that there were at least 3 other singers with a far better song choice.

Since: Dec 09

Dunedin, New Zealand

#2 Oct 18, 2010
Well it wouldnt be right for a Samoan to win Homai te pakipaki...Even if they had a better voice than most contestents...LOL...
Treasure Julian

Brisbane, Australia

#3 Oct 18, 2010
The person that wins is never thought of as good as the others when it is not your choice of singer that wins, but obviously Roman was thought of as the best on the night, so congratulations

Since: Dec 09

Dunedin, New Zealand

#4 Oct 18, 2010
Does that class as overrated...
Treasure Julian

Brisbane, Australia

#5 Oct 18, 2010
netbanger wrote:
Does that class as overrated...
I don't understand what you mean, please elaborate

Since: Dec 09

Dunedin, New Zealand

#6 Oct 18, 2010
Treasure Julian wrote:
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I don't understand what you mean, please elaborate
Well you mentioned before,

"The person that wins is never thought of as good as the others when it is not your choice of singer that wins"

When you put it that way....It soundz like it's overrated...

Roman did deserve to win though...Sometimes, it just comes down
to luck more than talent...
Thomas Milroy

Auckland, New Zealand

#7 Oct 20, 2010
Hey dudes
People who watch Homai te pakipaki do not realise the business side of the show. Where do you think Maori TV gets the $30,000 prize money. FROM YOU!

It’s a cheating game and most people do not know it. Have you ever wondered why the other person who is a better singer and performer does not make it? Heres how it works, it may shock you.

The winner is going to be the person who fund raises the most money to buy $50.00 phone cards to give to their supporters. You only need 40 people with $50.00 phone cards to get 2000 text votes.

This is how Romans supporters took out the competition every time. Its called text vote stacking and is used all the time.

Which means the genuine good singers who do not know this are going to miss out.The heats are more honest because you don’t know who is going to get in and you get a limited time to text vote.

In the semi's you can vote a day before it starts.(strange?)Maori television know this and stand to make thousands of dollars per vote around 70 cents per text file. So if you are wanting to win it will take money not necessarily talent.

The other winners are telecom and or Vodafone.
Paki up!!!!! Should be called Money UP!! It’s a con.
Kirihaehae

New Zealand

#8 Oct 20, 2010
Well Roman obviously done his job well if he's getting all u people up in arms and discussing him days after the event has finished.
i feel sorry for u if ur life is that boring that u have to keep talking negative about something that aint within ur own family; and it's still the hot topic days later.
As for the vote stacking; dude i'm glad u were'nt part of any kaiwaiata's crew cause you'd of let them down badly with ur non existant votes.
Congrats Roman well deserved through all of your heats, sound like silk, woth all ur songs:)
glory4

New Zealand

#9 Oct 20, 2010
Congratulations Roman. We haven't met.
Your Koro would be so proud!
Arohanui
Koro Hiakita's sister

Since: Dec 09

Dunedin, New Zealand

#10 Oct 21, 2010
Thomas Milroy wrote:
Hey dudes
People who watch Homai te pakipaki do not realise the business side of the show. Where do you think Maori TV gets the $30,000 prize money. FROM YOU!
It’s a cheating game and most people do not know it. Have you ever wondered why the other person who is a better singer and performer does not make it? Heres how it works, it may shock you.
The winner is going to be the person who fund raises the most money to buy $50.00 phone cards to give to their supporters. You only need 40 people with $50.00 phone cards to get 2000 text votes.
This is how Romans supporters took out the competition every time. Its called text vote stacking and is used all the time.
Which means the genuine good singers who do not know this are going to miss out.The heats are more honest because you don’t know who is going to get in and you get a limited time to text vote.
In the semi's you can vote a day before it starts.(strange?)Maori television know this and stand to make thousands of dollars per vote around 70 cents per text file. So if you are wanting to win it will take money not necessarily talent.
The other winners are telecom and or Vodafone.
Paki up!!!!! Should be called Money UP!! It’s a con.
Electronic voting...Of course...They learned this of Bush
and Clinton...
Jane Te huia

Auckland, New Zealand

#11 Oct 21, 2010
Ohh my God Why didn’t I see it? It makes sense now that I know what text stacking is. It always use to confuse me why some people who are very good performers do not make it and yet there are a few koretaki ones that do get in to Homai te pakipaki.
It means any person can win if your whanau buy enough phone cards. Or better still do a little fund raising. 40 people with a $50.00 phone card each equals 2000 text votes, Oh my god this is cheating.
We need to let people know about this because it is just not right. Maori TV should be held accountable for this.
Koro

Auckland, New Zealand

#12 Oct 21, 2010
I was asked to sell raffle tickets for one of the Grand finalists of Homai te pakipaki whom I will not name. It was made very clear to me that it was to raise funds to purchase phone cards for their supporters. I refused because if a person cannot make it by their own merits they do not deserve to win.
Ned

Auckland, New Zealand

#13 Oct 25, 2010
netbanger wrote:
Well it wouldnt be right for a Samoan to win Homai te pakipaki...Even if they had a better voice than most contestents...LOL...
You must be stupid, a racist or a stupid racist! Did you know that a Fijian won last year and that he was the best singer! Unlike this year, Roman would easily be the worst singer, perhaps marginally worse than that over dressed samoan guy!
Andrew, Rachel or Gin should've won. I hope that Maori see sense enough not to ask Roman to sing at the Maori sports awards like the winner of Homai is suppose to sing at. They'll be better off just to get Te Hamua to sing there!!
Treasure Julian

West End, Australia

#14 Oct 25, 2010
To Thomas Milroy, what a load of codswallop. I don't even live in New Zealand and have not done so for 14 years, but the last time I was back there I saw the show, and even though I would like to vote, was not allowed to, I think that this is a great show and for people to try to put down the youngsters on this show is just disgusting. Some of you have even been putting down the young girl Reweti, and I think that she has a fatastic voice. What is it with our Maori race that we can't just be happy with the winner and bow out gracefully
Thomas Milroy

Auckland, New Zealand

#15 Oct 26, 2010
Treasure Julian wrote:
To Thomas Milroy, what a load of codswallop. I don't even live in New Zealand and have not done so for 14 years, but the last time I was back there I saw the show, and even though I would like to vote, was not allowed to, I think that this is a great show and for people to try to put down the youngsters on this show is just disgusting. Some of you have even been putting down the young girl Reweti, and I think that she has a fatastic voice. What is it with our Maori race that we can't just be happy with the winner and bow out gracefully
To Treasure Julian

I am sorry if you feel affended by my discovery. Im not at all trying to put down anybody.I enjoy watching the show just like everyone else.I can confirm Romans parents did do fund raising even to the extent that they used their own money.

New Zealand is a very small place and the Maori population and kumara vine even smaller .

My concern is text voting is not a fair method to vote for a winner
that is why it is not used to vote in your priminister because it can easily be abused through text vote stacking.

It is easy to be consumed by the entertainment to realise who is clipping the ticket in the back ground. I say make it fair for every one.

Since: Dec 09

Christchurch, New Zealand

#16 Oct 26, 2010
Ned wrote:
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You must be stupid, a racist or a stupid racist! Did you know that a Fijian won last year and that he was the best singer! Unlike this year, Roman would easily be the worst singer, perhaps marginally worse than that over dressed samoan guy!
Andrew, Rachel or Gin should've won. I hope that Maori see sense enough not to ask Roman to sing at the Maori sports awards like the winner of Homai is suppose to sing at. They'll be better off just to get Te Hamua to sing there!!
Really....So you dont think theirs any racism towards Maori than...hmm...Lol...
Treasure Julian

Annerley, Australia

#17 Oct 26, 2010
Thank you for your response, this is my last note on this subject.
To all the people out there who deem fit to criticise the singers on this or any singing program, think for one minute will you, about how comments like these could or would most likely put a lot of young people off getting up the courage to enter into competitions like these, now unless you are prepared to get up and sing,dance etc while being scrutinised by all and sundry on national Television, I would suggest that if you DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY PLEASE DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
Thomas Milroy

Auckland, New Zealand

#18 Oct 28, 2010
Treasure Julian wrote:
Thank you for your response, this is my last note on this subject.
To all the people out there who deem fit to criticise the singers on this or any singing program, think for one minute will you, about how comments like these could or would most likely put a lot of young people off getting up the courage to enter into competitions like these, now unless you are prepared to get up and sing,dance etc while being scrutinised by all and sundry on national Television, I would suggest that if you DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY PLEASE DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
You are intitiled to your opininon.

To those young and up and coming singers who do make the step to sing on Homai te paki paki. Please note a word of warning. If you want to sing and have a good time I say go for it. But if you think you are going to win with honest text voting by your whanau then think seriously about the few who will cheat and spoil it by vote stacking through fund raising to by $50.00 phone cards for their supporters.

Think of the thousands of people who are unaware that this happens, The mother, dads, brothers and sisters who text their last dollars to you so you can make it through. The majority of the money at one dollar per person will go straight to Maori TV. Everything will make sense as soon as you realize why some excellent performers didn’t make it and why (Koretake) useless one did. Open your eyes, try not to be bedazzled by the entertainment zombie drug and keep an eye on the where your dollars go.
Roman Nicholas

Auckland, New Zealand

#19 Oct 28, 2010
Hey there..

I understand where you're coming from Thomas, and I guess everyone is intitled to their own opinions, but i'm just here to clear the air.. My family did no fundraising to help me get this win and we aint the richest family around.. But I won't lie that my family put alot of money into my success.. They did play a major role in me winning this.. But mate to down me like this all the time just aint right aye.. I mean I just joined this show to make all my whanau and friends proud.. Truthfully I didn't really care about anything else.. Thats why the moneys still in the bank..
I didn't expect to win.. But when I did I was more stoked for my family and friends more than myself, as I was only the one on stage representing all of us.. So im proud of what I have accomplished.. I understand people like different music and singers.. So continue to bag me and my win but please remember I didn't do anything wrong..
Roman Nicholas

Auckland, New Zealand

#20 Oct 28, 2010
Hey.. Im sorry you think that way Thomas, but honestly we didnt cheat.. did my family put alot of money on me yes.. but isn't that wat all loving whanau's do? I done this for them and to win it all was a great way of saying thank you.. So man if ya wanna keep dissing on my singing well go right ahead, I've made alot of new friends through Homai Te Pakipaki, and I wouldn't change a thing..
I would advise anyone wanting to meet new people and pursue the dream of singing to join Homai Te Pakipaki, it is an experience you will never forget.. Kia Ora..

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