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Hugh Would Have Thought?

AUT’s Oceanian Voices choir was caught by surprise after Hollywood star Hugh Jackman arrived at South Campus out of the blue.

An uproar of excitement could be heard outside the building when Jackman made the appearance in late February.

Jackman went on to recreate the rendition of ‘This Is Me’ that the group had produced in a viral video, inspired by the Oscar-award winning film The Greatest Showman.

Over 100 students sang alongside Jackman and Keala Settle, another star of the film who was also in attendance.

A rousing haka followed the performance, to thank the stars for their visit and taonga were graciously received.

At a Q&A following the performance, Jackman told Debate’s Jess Rayner that students wanting to pursue the arts need to find their tribe.

He said no one can make it alone and the ability to “follow your own path” is very important.

Jackman was in New Zealand to promote his upcoming world tour which includes two shows in Auckland in September.

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