Turanga to host national Maori speech competition

Nga Manu Korero is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar

Nga Manu Korero is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar

The national Nga Manu Korero speech competition will be hosted here from Monday.

Now in its 53rd year, Nga Manu Korero is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar, particularly in secondary schools.

This year the event is being held at Showgrounds Park and Event Centre, Houhoupiko, and schools from throughout the country will attend.

The competition is over four days and includes four sections — Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech), Rawhiti Ihaka (junior te reo Maori speech), Korimako (senior English speech) and Pei Te Hurinui Jones (senior te reo Maori speech).

Representing Tairawhiti are Manaia Aupouri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui (senior te reo Maori); Materoa Rewiri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga (senior English speech); Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui (junior te reo Maori speech); and Paige Richter of Lytton High School (junior English speech).

The national Nga Manu Korero speech competition will be hosted here from Monday.

Now in its 53rd year, Nga Manu Korero is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar, particularly in secondary schools.

This year the event is being held at Showgrounds Park and Event Centre, Houhoupiko, and schools from throughout the country will attend.

The competition is over four days and includes four sections — Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech), Rawhiti Ihaka (junior te reo Maori speech), Korimako (senior English speech) and Pei Te Hurinui Jones (senior te reo Maori speech).

Representing Tairawhiti are Manaia Aupouri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui (senior te reo Maori); Materoa Rewiri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga (senior English speech); Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui (junior te reo Maori speech); and Paige Richter of Lytton High School (junior English speech).

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