The annual regional Ngā Manu Kōrero contest for Tāmaki Makaurau has begun.
The two-day event which features speakers from the region's secondary schools has also, and this year new rules for the region are being implemented.
Under the new rules, there will be 8 speakers chosen to represent the region at the National Manu Kōrero Competition to be held in the Matau a Maui region.
Although the region is now split in two, Auckland East/South and Auckland West/North, Mark Rangi-Punga, from this year's host school Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae says there is only one event for this year's contest, however, next year the region will break away and run 2 separate events.
This year there are 72 speakers registered to stand, more than that expected at the national competition.
The impromptu section for senior Māori and English, Te Pei Te Hurinui and Korimako ran today.
Junior Māori and English sections Te Rāwhiti Ihaka and Sir James Carroll were also on display.
Tomorrow, it will be known who will represent Tāmaki Makarau at this year's national competition.