Some students endured eating three dry wheat biscuits to meet Stan Walker while one of the school band's musical talents helped them get face-to-face with him.

If you live near Kamo High School you may have heard the soulful voice of Walker and the screaming, clapping and laughing coming from students yesterday.

The New Zealand recording artist performed in front of a gymnasium filled with screaming Kamo High School students yesterday after the school won a radio competition.

"I've been [to Whangarei] a few times, it's always good to come here. Especially because I haven't done events at schools for a long time.


"I hadn't even heard of this place [Kamo] before they won the competition," Walker said.

He had already visited Te Puke High School and Huntly College. Kamo was his last school to visit.

These lucky students got to meet and have a chat with singer Stan Walker. Photo/Tania Whyte
These lucky students got to meet and have a chat with singer Stan Walker. Photo/Tania Whyte

A group of about 10 students got to meet Walker.

School band A08, which won the Northland regional final of Smokefree Rockquest, were excited to meet him.

"I'm freaking out," said keyboard player Olivia Sutherland.

Another four students won the chance to meet him after eating three dry wheat biscuits.

When Walker found out about the competition, he laughed.

"I'd do that for free, I love Weet-Bix," he said.

Walker told the students how he was part of a band which entered Smokefree Rockquest and won the regional competition and made it to the national final.

"I didn't go. I was naughty. But don't be naughty guys, be good to your teachers," he laughed

Walker said it was "quite nice out here".

"It's good to see bush, I like bush.

"The bush over there [in Australia] is different," he said.

When Walker walked on to the stage the crowd burst into applause. But it was a boy with an afro that caught his eye.

"Oh bro, you got the meanest hair. You are the man. You win," he said.

Walker opened with his song You Never Know. Between songs he told the students to follow their dreams.

"Every dream I had as a kid I'm living it now."