Delegates were welcomed to Tūrangawaewae Marae today for the Ngā Manu Kōrero national secondary school's speech competition which starts tomorrow in Hamilton.
Although a bus carrying members from the Aotea region had an accident yesterday, some of them still arrived for today's pōhiri.
Despite the wet conditions, schools from throughout the nation still came.
When members from three Whanganui secondary schools were travelling here, their bus crashed just outside of Taumarunui. A couple of teachers and a few students were injured, and one was kept overnight at Waikato Hospital.
Waikato-Tainui are the hosts this year, and Kaharau Keogh from Hamilton's Te Wharekura o Ngā Taiātea was last year's Senior Māori section winner. Although he refrained from saying he wanted to win.
The many tribes have now settled here in Waikato-Tainui, and tomorrow the voices of the competition's senior students will be heard in the Pei Te Hurinui and Korimako sections.