Top covers band returns to Leigh Sawmill on a high

White Chapel Jak are known for wild antics on stage. Photo, Gavin McGregor

After a hugely successful year, local band White Chapel Jak are returning to their roots with special Easter shows at Leigh Sawmill Cafe.

With the Saturday gig already sold out, a special Easter Sunday family friendly show has been added on April 21.  

Every adult ticket holder can bring along an under 16 year old for free, and join in a half-time Easter egg hunt led by the band.

The homecoming show comes hot on the heels of a performance with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra to a crowd of 15,000 at the SeePort Festival in January.

The concert once again brought the band national attention.

They were already humbled to win Radio New Zealand’s Battle of the Covers Band in 2018.
Promoter Mandy Kupenga says both achievements demonstrate that White Chapel Jak is not your average covers band.

The band features suitcase stomping from Dean Tinning, stand on the double bass dancing from Michael White, classical acoustic guitar through a whammy pedal with Nathan Boston, and hilarious ‘Holly-high hair’ styled front lady Bonnie Hurunui.

“This kiwiana rocking original covers band brings a fresh and funky approach to songs everybody knows and loves,” Mandy says.  

The band has played nearly 400 gigs in the last three years – many in the Rodney area – including festivals, school galas, fundraisers, weddings and special events.

White Chapel Jak started out playing the Matakana farmers markets five years ago and now music is their full time job.

“They are living their music dreams, thanks largely to overwhelming local support,” Mandy says.

Lead singer Bonnie Hurunui says she is excited to be playing at the Leigh Sawmill Café again.

“It’s like coming home for us. We’ve been working on a new show with new songs and new dance moves to teach everyone,” she says.

White Chapel Jak’s Easter Sunday Funday kicks off at 4.30pm and runs to 8.30pm. Tickets $40 per adult, which includes half a pizza. Tickets:


Mahurangi Matters has two family passes (two adults and two children) to give away to the Easter Sunday Funday. To go in the draw, email Competition closes April 19 at 4pm.

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