September 27, 2013
Leaders of tomorrow stand tall at Nga Manu Korero
A former Manu Korero winner says the leaders of tomorrow were on display in Hamilton this week.
Hundreds of rangatahi from around the motu competed for the annual secondary schools speech festival.
Willie Te Aho says it was an excellent contest, with the talent seeming to get younger every year.
"This is one of many vehicles one of many forums by which leadership bubbles up and it will be leadership that we will see 20 -30 years from now. Just like my time the Mauriora Kingi's, the Vicky Wehi's and the Derek Lardelli's are the leaders of my generation 30-35 years after they first stood in Nga Manu Korero," says Willie Te Aho.
This years winners included Raniera Blake from Tu Toa Wananga in Palmerston North, who won the Pei Te Hurinui Jones Trophy for senior Maori and the Riki Ellison Trophy for best male speaker.
The junior Maori section was won by Matawhaiti Nepe-Pohatu of Huntly’s Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga, and Te Whare Kotua Davis of Naenae College had the best aggregate score in Maori and English.
Sonny Maaka Ngatai from Hato Paora won the Korimako Trophy for senior English, and Karena Cribb from Napier’s Tamatea High School was best junior speaker in English.
The best impromptu speaker was Jacob McGregor from Wanganui High School while the best female speaker was Hinemaia Takurua from Tolaga Bay area school.
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