Topic: Ngā Manu Kōrero

Flavell calls for students to speak Māori at Ngā Manu Kōrero competition

By Heta Gardiner
  • Wellington

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has laid down a challenge to secondary school students to make the National Manu Kōrero Competition in Wellington a Māori speaking event.

Te Ururoa Flavell says, “My advice to our youth is, if we truly care for the language, and this is a Māori oratory competition, then let’s make the whole gathering, a Māori speaking one.”

That was the challenge laid down by Te Ururoa Flavell in his speech at the 50th celebrations of the Manu Kōrero competition.

Of the four sections in this competition there are two Māori language categories.  Now the Māori sections are more predominant.

The minister wants the language to become a permanent feature at this event.

Te Ripowai Higgins says, “He's right.  We need to find avenues to speak Māori all the time.  Let us not leave our language purely for the stage.”

Flavell says, “There are so many places where people can speak Māori.  Mostly on the marae but in reality, the prominent language on most marae, is English."

Higgins says, “Let’s not leave the responsibility for our schools and marae to carry.”

It's a competition rich in history and success, a tradition which will hopefully continue.

Higgins says, “This is a good place to prepare future orators, and leaders.”