Topic: Ngā Manu Kōrero

Tairāwhiti Manu Kōrero regionals kick off

updated By Mere McLean
  • North Island: East Coast

Today, East Coast youth took up the challenge of the regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition being held for the first time at the Te Karaka Area School near Gisborne.  

Twenty nine speakers will be participating in today’s regional Tairāwhiti secondary schools Ngā Manu Kōrero competition being held for the first time at the Te Karaka Area School, Te Karaka.   

The honour of hosting this event belongs to newly establish area-school, Te Karaka.

Teacher of Te Karaka school, Henare Tahuri says, “This is a newly established school. Four years this area-school has been going, before it was known as Waikohu High School.”

Winner of the Pei Te Hurinui trophy in 1977, Vicki Wehi, has come back to this competition as a judge and has this advice for our speech makers.

“We should be moving like birds, kōrero, talking like birds and I think that aspect of who we really are we need to get back to.  It's the study of nature.  So Ngā Manu Kōrero!”

The Te Tai Rāwhiti Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional Competition has a rich history and today the legacy continues.  

Te Paea Dalton-Reedy says, “This is really good, continuing on the traditions of our ancestors. We have come together under the banner of being Māori.”

Olinka Matete says, “This language is from New Zealand, you don't hear the Māori language anywhere else.”

The parson bird sings, the parrot bird chirps. No matter what language, it is beautiful.  That's what we've been privy to hear on the East Coast. 

Tomorrow the Regional Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition will take place at the Gisborne Events Centre, Gisborne.