International success for Musical Island Boys

Tawa’s Musical Island Boys are absolutely positively ecstatic after being recognised for their world-beating achievements in Wellington today.

The barbershop quartet of brothers Will and Jeff Hunkin, Matthew Gifford and Marcellus Washburn, have been presented with an Absolutely Positively Wellington award by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

The local recognition comes after winning gold at the International Barbershop Quartet in Las Vegas this year.

The group said winning the world champs and being recognised in their home city was final vindication after years of hard work.

“That’s the one goal that we wanted to achieve when we first started,” Will said.

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