Triple Crown at Ngā Manu Kōrero

07 Jul Triple Crown at Ngā Manu Kōrero

Head Student Charlotte Tukiri (left above) swept the awards at the recent Ngā Manu Kōrero competition, winning Best Prepared Speech, Best Impromptu Speech, and Best Speaker Overall in the Senior English category.

Charlotte’s prepared speech topic was: “You don’t just wake up one day and have resilience”. Charlotte started her 8-minute speech with a bang – literally – the bang of a bullet by a British soldier killing a Waikato warrior, and continued with the theme of both literal, and figurative bullets that have resulted in the rising of resilience and courage of Māori.  A sombering topic but with an uplifting ending of hope with the bullet being defeated by the mere of aroha.

Charlotte’s impromptu speech topic was: “My culture, my brand”. She had five minutes to prepare, and then three minutes in which she wowed the audience and the judges with her take on her own identity as both part Māori and part Pakeha and how ultimately we should be proud of who we are.  Charlotte finished strongly with a whakatauki on the importance of coming together as one.

Charlotte will now be entering the National competition, which is held in September this year – congratulation Charlotte!

Fellow Head Student, Kayla Ngaropo, shares her recount of the event below:

“On Thursday 23 June, Whānau Tutor attended the Auckland regional Ngā Manu Kōrero competition held at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Tapuwae in Māngere. Ngā Manu Kōrero is an annual speech competition where Māori students across New Zealand take the stand to present a speech on their chosen topic, often exploring the experiences of Māori people and the injustice and social issues they encounter.

“The event provided students the chance to foster new connections within Whānau Tutor and with Māori students from other Auckland schools. An invaluable experience students gained was the opportunity to listen to the speeches of other Māori students, acting as examples of the courage, resilience and morals we hold as Māori descendants. Students were also able to dive deeper into te ao Māori for the day – a day where their native tongue is predominantly spoken, culture embraced and identity appreciated.

“This year, we were honored to have the opportunity to tautoko Head Student, Charlotte Tukiri, as she competed in the Senior English section. Across Charlotte’s five years at Pakuranga College, she has stood three times at Ngā Manu Kōrero, each year, placing in the top three. Although Thursday marked Charlotte’s last regional competition,  she was announced first overall in the Senior English section and also took out ‘Best Female Speaker’ and ‘First in Impromptu’. It was ultimately Charlotte’s dedication, powerful speeches, and the embodiment of her tūpuna’s values that won the judges over in the end. A significant mihi to you, Charlotte.

“The day wouldn’t of been possible without the support of our Māori development staff, Mrs Bigwood, Whaea Bex, Matua Mauri, Matua Mike, Mr Tomkins, Ms Tran, and Mr Newnham. A special mihi to you all for your guidance and manaaki with this kaupapa!

“To our students, thank you for carrying yourselves so well and for representing our school greatly. We are so proud of you and your tautoko!”

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