Young orators assembled here for national contest

Thousands are expected to attend one of the pinnacle events of the Maori calendar

Thousands are expected to attend one of the pinnacle events of the Maori calendar

Sade Materoa Rewiri
Paora Whaanga-Gilbert
Paige Richter
Manaia Aupouri

Four young orators will represent this region at the 2018 National Nga Manu Korero speech competitions here this week this week in Farmers Air Event Centre at Showgrounds Park, Houhoupiko.

Thousands from across the country are expected to attend, as it is one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar — particularly in secondary school education.

A powhiri welcome to the motu (visitors from outside Tairawhiti) will be held today at 1.30pm.

The speech competition, now in its 53rd year, is a display of the best Maori secondary school-aged orators in the country.

There are four sections — Te Rawhiti Ihaka (junior Maori speech), Ta Turi Kara / Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech), Pei Te Hurinui Jones (senior Maori speech) and Korimako (senior English speech).

Tairawhiti has had a history of success at the competitions, with some of the region’s leaders past winners and finalists, such as Derek Lardelli and Willie Te Aho, and Maori broadcasters Matai Smith and Irena Smith.

Nga Manu Korero is a platform for rangatahi Maori (young people) to have their say, and often gives an insight into future Maori leaders.

Subject matter is always of importance, and students often explore political and social themes.

Some of the topics for this year’s competition include: ‘‘Strong values are just as important as academic achievement’’, ‘‘Guidelines to raising a digital native’’, ‘‘Mana, to inherit or earn?’’ and ‘‘The best project I will work on is me’’.

The four representing Tairawhiti are: Materoa Rewiri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga, for the Korimako section; Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui, for Te Rawhiti Ihaka; Paige Richter of Lytton High School, for Ta Turi Kara/Sir Turi Carroll; and Manaia Aupouri of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui, Pei Te Hurinui Jones.

Speeches will be held over two days from tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see the Pei Te Hurinui and Korimako sections, from 8.10am to 5.30pm.

Thursday will see the Rawhiti Ihaka and Ta Turi Kara sections, 8.10am to 4.30pm, followed by prizegiving.

Turanga FM will cover the competitions with a radio and livestream simulcast.

The on-air presenting team are Ruth Smith (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki), Whitiaua Black (Ngai Tuhoe), Darylene Rogers (Ngati Porou) and Sonny Ngatai (Te Arawa, Ngai Te Rangi).

Radio Ngati Porou personnel will be lending expertise to the team, and tauira (students) from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga and Nga Uri a Maui are helping behind the scenes in a rangatahi media hub.

Four young orators will represent this region at the 2018 National Nga Manu Korero speech competitions here this week this week in Farmers Air Event Centre at Showgrounds Park, Houhoupiko.

Thousands from across the country are expected to attend, as it is one of the pinnacle events on the Maori calendar — particularly in secondary school education.

A powhiri welcome to the motu (visitors from outside Tairawhiti) will be held today at 1.30pm.

The speech competition, now in its 53rd year, is a display of the best Maori secondary school-aged orators in the country.

There are four sections — Te Rawhiti Ihaka (junior Maori speech), Ta Turi Kara / Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech), Pei Te Hurinui Jones (senior Maori speech) and Korimako (senior English speech).

Tairawhiti has had a history of success at the competitions, with some of the region’s leaders past winners and finalists, such as Derek Lardelli and Willie Te Aho, and Maori broadcasters Matai Smith and Irena Smith.

Nga Manu Korero is a platform for rangatahi Maori (young people) to have their say, and often gives an insight into future Maori leaders.

Subject matter is always of importance, and students often explore political and social themes.

Some of the topics for this year’s competition include: ‘‘Strong values are just as important as academic achievement’’, ‘‘Guidelines to raising a digital native’’, ‘‘Mana, to inherit or earn?’’ and ‘‘The best project I will work on is me’’.

The four representing Tairawhiti are: Materoa Rewiri of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga, for the Korimako section; Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui, for Te Rawhiti Ihaka; Paige Richter of Lytton High School, for Ta Turi Kara/Sir Turi Carroll; and Manaia Aupouri of TKKM o Nga Uri a Maui, Pei Te Hurinui Jones.

Speeches will be held over two days from tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see the Pei Te Hurinui and Korimako sections, from 8.10am to 5.30pm.

Thursday will see the Rawhiti Ihaka and Ta Turi Kara sections, 8.10am to 4.30pm, followed by prizegiving.

Turanga FM will cover the competitions with a radio and livestream simulcast.

The on-air presenting team are Ruth Smith (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki), Whitiaua Black (Ngai Tuhoe), Darylene Rogers (Ngati Porou) and Sonny Ngatai (Te Arawa, Ngai Te Rangi).

Radio Ngati Porou personnel will be lending expertise to the team, and tauira (students) from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga and Nga Uri a Maui are helping behind the scenes in a rangatahi media hub.

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