Te Tai Tokerau Regional Ngā Manu Kōrero competition recently saw 26 Northland schools showcase their oratory skills at the event held at Forum North in Whangarei.
This year's host school for the regional competition was Tikipunga High School.
While there are the main four sections, Pei Te Hurinui (Senior Māori), Rāwhiti Ihaka (Junior Māori), Korimako (Senior English) and Tā Turi Kara (Junior English), Te Tai Tokerau also acknowledges students in a unique bilingual section named Tā Himi Henare.
Amongst the varied topics presented by students, a popular new form of speech delivery - Slam Poetry - was also introduced to this regional competition, impressing many of those in attendance.
The final results for the Te Tai Tokerau Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional Competition are as follows:
Pei Te Hurinui Jones - Senior Māori:
1st place - Rehia Nikora Rameka (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe)
2nd place - Kiritopa Ihaka-Allen (Whangarei Boys High School)
3rd place - Arama Wikaira (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Tonga o Hokianga)
Rāwhiti Ihaka - Junior Māori:
1st place - Te Aroha Pawa (Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Tonga o Hokianga)
2nd place - Teariki Tarau (Te Pūmanawa o Te Wairua)
3rd place - Amoho Karetai-Mahanga (Tikipunga High School)
Korimako - Senior English:
1st place -Louis Paul (Huanui College)
2nd place -Te Hauariki Gardiner-Toi (Taipa Area School)
3rd place - Jay McLaren-Harris (Dargaville High School)
Tā Turi Kara - Junior English
1st place - Tasha Parrett (Otamatea High School)
2nd place - Isabella Joe (Kerikeri High School)
3rd place - Hine Roberts (Taipa Area School)
Tā Himi Henare - Bilingual:
1st place - Te Paerangi Kopa (Northland College) (Pictured above - Photo / Kim Henare-Clarke)
2nd place - Tiaho Mahanga (Tikipunga High School)
3rd place - Kyla Campbell (Whangarei Girls High School)
Here is Louis Paul's winning speech in the Korimako section: