Nga Manu Korero competition held at Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, caught the attention of all eyes as speakers from schools in Te Tai Tokerau took to the stage, the standard was impressive! Students competed in four different categories Korimako, Pei Te Hurinui Jones, Ta Turi Kara and Rawhiti Ihaka with one section that is only done in Te Tai Tokerau which is Ta Himi Henare. With topics such as “Being a Maori is an asset plan to achieve” and “YOLO” you only live once.
This event having the weather interfering originally scheduled for three days, the competition was squeezed into two, due to flooding that prevented some contenders from travelling with many great and talented speakers this was definitely the place to be. Manu Korero gives school students a voice to be heard.
The winners were Senior English (Korimako) 1st Kanewa Harrison, Whangarei Girls High School. 2nd Te Hauariki Gardiner Toi, Taipa Area School. 3rd Tiaho Mahanga, Tikipunga High School.
Senior Maori (Pei Te Hurinui Jones) 1st Ezekiel Raui, Taipa Area School. 2nd Brian Wikaira, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Tonga o Hokianga. 3rd Tyson Stephens, Tikipuna High School. Ezekiel Raui also won best impromptu speech.
Junior English (Ta Turi Kara) 1st Kararangi Ihimaira, Moerewa School. 2nd Jorja Heta, Whangarei Girls High School. 3rd Te Amohaere Rudolph, Kaitaia College.
Junior Maori (Rawhiti Ihaka) 1st Arama Wikaira, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Tonga o Hokianga. 2nd Ari Paraha, Te Kapehu Whetu. 3rd Autumn Willams- Harris, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rangi Aniwaniwa.
Senior bilingual (Tama Himi Henare) 1st Hineira Tipene-Komene, Tikipuna High School. 2nd Phadray Brown, Whangaroa College. 3rd Raerangi Kopa, Northland College.
Tikipunga High School will host next year’s Tai Tokerau Manu Korero Competition.