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Toyota Talent Tour kicks off in Invercargill

The Toyota Talent Tour, the first phase of auditions for variety entertainment show New Zealand's Got Talent, kicked off today in Invercargill.

Show host Tamati Coffey will travel to 14 locations from Invercargill to Whangarei over the next six weeks to find talented Kiwis to enter. Audition highlights will screen on TVNZ's Breakfast show including live crosses from Tamati's weather segment.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Marketing Neeraj Lala, says Toyota is excited to support the tour as the primary commercial partner. The tour is being accompanied by radio station Classic Hits in a sign-written Hilux visiting Toyota dealers.

"We can't wait to see what hidden talents are revealed in this first auditions phase. Dealers are looking forward to being involved in the vibe of talented Kiwis preparing for the first round of auditions in their community," says Mr Lala.

Dealerships in the 14 locations are encouraging communities to come along to their local dealership, enjoy a sausage sizzle and chat to Classic Hits about the Toyota Talent Tour from 12-1pm on the day, or the day before, the auditions take place (see schedule below).

Exclusive to those who attend the Toyota dealership events is the opportunity to enter Toyota's competition to win a family trip to Wellington to be part of the audience for the grand decider final of the show later in the year.

For audition details check out:

Dealership Events and Audition Schedule

Dealership: 30 April GWD Toyota Invercargill
Audition Location: 30 April Southland Boys High School

Dealership: 1 May Cooke Howlison Toyota Dunedin
Audition Location: 2 & 3 May Otago Boys High School

Dealership: 4 May South Canterbury Toyota Timaru|
Audition Location: 4 May Roncalli College

Dealership: 5 May Miles Toyota City Branch Christchurch
Audition Location: 6 & 7 May Russley Golf Course Function Centre

Dealership: 8 May Coast Toyota Greymouth
Audition Location: 9 May Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Dealership: 10 May Bowater Toyota Nelson
Audition Location: 11 May Nelson School of Music

Dealership: 14 May Tasman Toyota New Plymouth
Audition Location: 15 May New Plymouth Boys High School

Dealership: 17 May Rutherford & Bond Kent Tce, Wellington
Audition Location: 18 & 19 May Wellington East Girls College

Dealership: 20 May Hawke's Bay Toyota Napier
Audition Location: 21 May Napier War Memorial Centre

Dealership: 24 May Waikato Toyota Hamilton
Audition Location: 26 May Southwell School

Dealership: 27 May Rotorua Toyota|
Audition Location: 28 May Rotorua Convention Centre

Dealership: 29 May Pacific Toyota Tauranga
Audition Location: 30 May Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Dealership: 4 June Northland Toyota Whangarei
Audition Location: 5 June Northland Events

Dealership: 7 June Giltrap City Toyota Auckland
Audition Location: 8 & 9 June Epsom Girls Grammar School