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Ngā Manu Kōrero 2016

posted 7 Jun 2016, 20:55 by OC Web   [ updated 7 Jun 2016, 21:47 ]
On 25 May Ōtaki College held its internal Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competition in the lead-up to Regionals.  The competition was divided into four categories - Junior and Senior Māori and Junior and Senior English.  The College was honoured to have Mr Don Te Maipi-Rice judging the competition.  All 20 contestants are to be congratulated on the effort they put into their speeches and the courage they showed in standing up to speak in a competition setting.  The winners of the internal competition were Kahe Nakhla, Junior Māori; Waitohi Wirihana Te Rei-Tamihana, Junior English; and Tahu-Pōtiki Te Maro-Doran who was the winner in both Senior Māori and English.
These three students went forward to compete at the regional competition held on 30 May at Takapūwāhi Marae in Porirua.  They were accompanied by their Te Reo teacher, Melody Haira, who commented: "It was really awesome seeing rangatahi from all over Wellington region performing and delivering both impromptu (Senior section) and prepared speeches at Takapūwāhia Marae.  The level was exceptionally high and our students, Tahu-Pōtiki, Waitohi and Kahe, improved in their delivery and gave it everything they had in their final speeches.  

"Tahu-Pōtiki was the last speaker out of 19 speakers of reo Māori and reo Pākehā impromptu speakers. He had 5 topics to choose from and went with "Tāmoko for Māori, by Māori." He had 5 minutes to prepare and then he had to speak for up to 3 minutes. He was awesome and fully engaged his audience. 

After the impromptu speeches the other sections commenced - Senior & Junior Maori speeches in Toa Rangatira, Junior English in the Whare Kai Tawhito and Senior English in Parehounuku.

Waitohi was next to stand. This is her first time at the Regional competition and she was nervous, but her voice was steady as she gave it her best shot.  Tahu-Pōtiki was next to stand a few hours later. He was in his element and did extremely well.

Kahe was our last speaker, literally, for the day. She had to control her nerves for the entire day. The speaker before her was a senior student from WRM. Her supporters started to leave which left a handful of people in the room, but when they found out who was speaking they turned around and stayed to tautoko. There were only 5 of us there to sing our waiata tautoko, but, as soon as Waitohi lead Nei au te pupuri, the whole whare sang with us - ātaahua tēnei.

It was a massive day for us. Seeing young Māori achieving like this, in this setting, kei runga noa atu."