Ngā Manu Kōrero 2019 National Secondary School Speech Contests

Nga Manu Korero

Manu Korero is a speech competition for secondary school students. Many Rangatahi participate from all parts of Aotearoa. It allows them to immerse themselves in the art of writing, how to construct a speech that will make an impact on not only the judges, but also the audience. Manu korero has two distinctive kaupapa, students can either enter themselves in Te Reo Maori or Te Reo Pakeha with topics to talk about being provided. The first stage of the competition starts with the competitors standing before their school against their peers, if chosen, the Rangatahi will then advance to Regionals and Nationals. This speech competition intends to encourage the development of skills and confidence in our Rangatahi Maori. However despite it being a speech competition it requires a lot of dramatic presentation to truly impress the judges. 

Tauira anxiously await their turn to take the stage, reciting a speech they've prepared weeks in advance. It's definitely an event that makes you proud to be Maori, and to hear how articulate our Rangatahi are and the potential they possess. 

Official results for Nga Manu Korero

Pei Te Hurinui Jones - Senior Maori

  • 1st Aukaha Kakau-Dickson(TWOM)

  • 2nd Peter Grant (Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa)

  • 3rd Ariana Poihipi Black(Whakatane High School)

Korimako - Senior English

  • 1st Manaia Sorensen (Te Whanau a Apanui)

  • 2nd Atawhai Tomairangi Riritahi Mokomoko (Te Wharekura o Ruatoki)

  • 3rd Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs (Otumoetai College)

Te Rawhiti Ihaka - Junior Maori

  • 1st Tanekaha Mariu Rangi (Te Wharekura o Ruatoki)

  • 2nd Rachal Tai (Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa)

  • 3rd Micah Totorewa (TWOM)

Ta Turi Kara - Junior English

  • 1st Anahera Taitua (Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa)

  • 2nd Hemi Tulemau (TBC)

  • 3rd Whitiaira William's Purewa (Te Wharekura o Ruatoki)


Personally for me the only way I can describe standing at Nga Manu Korero, is a frightening yet exhilarating experience. The support from other tauira and kaiako motivated me to make my school (Te wharekura o Mauao) proud and to test boundaries i've always been too shy to cross. I was equally as proud for the tauira from Te wharekura o Mauao who qualified to compete at Regionals. Aukaha Kakau-Dickson, Te Urumahora Mill, Ngaro-O-Te Aroha Kingi and Micah Totorewa. All of them displaying the Uara and Tomairangi of our kura. 


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He tauira no Te Wharekura o Mauao