September 28, 2014
Whanau pride in Manu Korero results
The students have spoken, the judges have spoken, and now the schools can crow about their succeses.
This year the reo Maori section of the Manu Korero national Maori speech awards was a whanau affair.
Te Rangimonoa Rangihau from Western Heights High School in Rotorua won the Pei Te Hurinui Jones Trophy far senior Maori, along with trophies for best prepared and best impromptu speeches.
His uncle, Michael Rangihau from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ruamata, won the Rawhiti Ihaka trophy for junior Maori.
They are descendants of the late John Te Rangianiwaniwa Rangihau.
Hato Paora shone in the English speaking competition, with Eraka Lewis taking out the Sir Turi Carroll prize for junior English, and Sonny Ngatai taking the Korimako award for senior English.
Jack Potaka from Rotorua Boys High School came second in the Korimako, taking the prize fo improvised speech in English, while a win in the prepared section put Te Whati Kihi-Waikato from Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga in third place.
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