Bringing on the trophies

Picture by Paul Rickard

Young Maori orators from across the country have converged on Farmers Air Event Centre at Showgrounds Park for the 53rd Nga Manu Korero National Speech Competitions.

The annual competition is a platform for secondary school students to express their views on social and political issues of the day.

Today’s programme is centred on senior students, with the Pei Te Hurinui Jones section (senior Maori speech) and Korimako section (senior English speech).

Manaia Aupouri (Pei Te Hurinui) of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui, and Materoa Rewiri (Korimako) of TKKM o Horouta Wananga, both representing Tairawhiti, were among the first speakers of the day in the impromptu section.

Manaia shared his thoughts on the issue surrounding the accusation made by a district councillor in regard to a fellow councillor’s comment. Materoa shared her view on what was needed to ensure that te reo Maori thrives.

The two local junior speakers will speak tomorrow. Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of Nga Uri a Maui, is in the Te Rawhiti Ihaka section (junior Maori speech), and Paige Richter of Lytton High School in the Ta Turi Kara/Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech).

More than a thousand people attended a mass powhiri yesterday, during which the competition trophies were brought forward by last year’s recipients.

Young Maori orators from across the country have converged on Farmers Air Event Centre at Showgrounds Park for the 53rd Nga Manu Korero National Speech Competitions.

The annual competition is a platform for secondary school students to express their views on social and political issues of the day.

Today’s programme is centred on senior students, with the Pei Te Hurinui Jones section (senior Maori speech) and Korimako section (senior English speech).

Manaia Aupouri (Pei Te Hurinui) of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui, and Materoa Rewiri (Korimako) of TKKM o Horouta Wananga, both representing Tairawhiti, were among the first speakers of the day in the impromptu section.

Manaia shared his thoughts on the issue surrounding the accusation made by a district councillor in regard to a fellow councillor’s comment. Materoa shared her view on what was needed to ensure that te reo Maori thrives.

The two local junior speakers will speak tomorrow. Paora Whaanga-Gilbert of Nga Uri a Maui, is in the Te Rawhiti Ihaka section (junior Maori speech), and Paige Richter of Lytton High School in the Ta Turi Kara/Sir Turi Carroll (junior English speech).

More than a thousand people attended a mass powhiri yesterday, during which the competition trophies were brought forward by last year’s recipients.

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