Māori Speech Competition

05 Aug Māori Speech Competition

On Friday 30th July Whānau Tutor travelled to Te Kura Māori o ngā Tapuwae to support our speaker, Charlotte Tukiri. Charlotte was speaking in the Korimako (Senior English) section of Manu Kōrero ki Te Whaitua o Uenuku. This is speaking competition for Māori students. We were welcomed through a pōwhiri by the entire school Year 5 – Year 13.

Charlotte had two speeches to give. A prepared speech of 6-8 minutes and an impromptu of no more than 3 minutes. She was first up to deliver both speeches. She completed them flawlessly and set the bar incredibly high.

It was a great day and we got to be around other schools and experience more of Te Ao Māori. Kayla Ngaropo commented on how good it was to “hear Te Reo Māori being spoken confidently and with little fuss.”

Charlotte was awarded 2nd overall, best female speaker of the section, and 1st equal in the impromptu section. We are incredibly proud of Charlotte and the effort she put in.

Charlotte reflected on the experience:  “It was a privilege to compete in Manu Kōrero this year. I loved engaging with other young Māori who are passionate about their culture, us all bonding through our shared love for public speaking. Manu Kōrero reinforced for me the importance of rangatahi sharing who they are, where they come from and where they intend to go.”

We would like to thank, Mr Joe O’Connor and Ms Ellysa Mulcahy for preparing Charlotte at school. A special thank you goes to Ms Vanessa Scott for coming with us on the day, your contribution to helping Charlotte prepare on the day was phenomenal.

by Shanna Rope, Head of Te Ao Māori

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