Ngā Manu Kōrero is a growing competition both within Ōtaki College and Aotearoa. Ngā Manu Kōrero is a speech competition for Māori Students or students who are taking Te Reo Māori as part of their NCEA options.

For the past two years, we have held an internal College competition to help grow the art of oratory at Ōtaki College. Since 2006, we have had various successes with students not only representing Ōtaki College at Regional competitions but also at National competitions. Students put a lot of time and effort into learning and developing their speeches. Both the Senior and Junior sections consist of two areas, English and Māori. Each section is named and so we have the following categories:
  • Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Senior Māori) 
  • Korimako (Senior English) 
  • Te Rāwhiti Ihaka (Junior Māori) 
  • Sir Turi Carroll (Junior English)
The senior sections require the students to do a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. For English the prepared speech is 6 minutes in length and the impromptu 3 minutes. For Māori the prepared speech is 12 minutes in length and the impromptu 3 minutes. The Junior sections require the students to do a prepared speech only. For English the prepared speech is 6 minutes in length and for Māori the prepared speech is 12 minutes in length. These are some of the students who have represented our college at either a Regional or National level:

Tau Junior English

Junior Māori Senior English Senior Māori
2008 Wiremu Winitana

Trent Rice (3rd) Hoani Hakaraia Leon Tuheke 
2009 Te Kahuiruamaahu Baker

Wiremu Winitana Jewelle Hiakita Trent Rice
2010

Alana Fraser Hoani Hakaraia Trent Rice (3rd) 
2011 Amokura Rangiheuea

Alana Fraser (3rd) Te Kahuiruamaahu Baker (1st) Te Raumoa Baker
2012

Taara Rice Katarina Taueki Alana Fraser

To date, Te Kahuiruamaahu Baker is the only student of recent times who has made it to a National competition in 2011. 

If you would like to help mentor our students with their oratory, we would be most appreciative of your time and efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact Matua Ricki at the college. Telephone 3648204 or Email: rib@otakicollege.school.nz