Topic: Ngā Manu Kōrero

Ngā Manu Kōrero celebrates 50th anniversary

By Tepara Koti
  • Wellington

2015 is an auspicious year for the National Ngā Manu Kōrero competition, which was originally named "The Korimako Contest" back in 1965.

What is Ngā Manu Kōrero?

Young orators are encouraged to express their views on topics of the day, or current affairs, in either Māori or English, or for some, both languages.  

The competition is split into four main sections: Pei Te Hurinui - Senior Māori, Rāwhiti Ihaka - Junior Māori, Korimako - Senior English, Tā Turi Kara - Junior English.

For each section, prepared and impromptu speeches are delivered.

Throughout the decades, numerous Māori leaders, scholars and achievers have emerged from Ngā Manu Kōrero, at regional and national levels.  This year is sure to be no different.

Today, hundreds of Māori secondary school students from across Aotearoa have converged on Porirua for the official pōwhiri ceremony, hosted by Te Whanganui-a-Tara ki Ōtaki / Awakairangi / Wairarapa.  The competition runs from today until Thursday 24 September.

In honour of the competition's 50th anniversary, two special celebration dinners will take place tonight:  A Corporate Dinner with keynote speakers Donna Awatere, Julian Wilcox and Tāmati Waaka held at Te Rauparaha Arena, and a Rangatahi Celebration.

Here are some Te Kāea reports covering the last two national events:

2013 Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals, Waikato :

2013 Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals, Waikato :

2014 Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals, Napier : 

2014 Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals, Napier : 

Updates on the 2015 Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals will be posted to the Te Kāea facebook page, and on the Māori Television website throughout this week.