October 03, 2022
Nerves on show in online Manu Korero
A judge for this year’s Ngā Manu Kōrero wants to see rohe give more year-round support to young learners.
The national speech competition wrapped up last Friday, with the Pei te Hurinui Jones Trophy for best senior Maori speech going to Heremaia McGarvey from Lindisfarne College in Hastings.
Hinewai Netana-Williams says kaikorero performed well despite the limitations of running a competition by online streaming.
Two years of lockdowns have taken their toll on confidence.
She says in some cases it seemed kids were thrown into the competition and left to sink or swim.
“Often some kids are still very shy so to be able to be in a space where there are other people competing or looking to follow through with that journey, it will allow them a safe space to be able to do so,” Ms Netana-Williams says.
The junior Māori and English sections were taken by Epiha Muru-Kete and Tuck Kahukurangi respectively while senior English went to Reihana Heemi Teriaki from Taitokerau.