Three outstanding speakers represented Te Kura o Waimairi-iri - Burnside High School - at the Regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Contest on Friday 22 June 2018 at Riccarton High School.
The Ngā Manu Kōrero ("The Orators") speech competition started in 1965. It aims to encourage bilingualism and fluency in Te Reo Māori and English among Māori secondary students. Students throughout the South Island delivered speeches on topics ranging from the importance of culture to being a babysitter for Jacinda Ardern.
Our Junior Māori speaker Manuhaea Mamaru-O'Regan 10SKNG was immediately followed by our Junior English speaker Rerekiao Perenara-O'Connell 10NMNO who spoke on Mana and if it is inherited or earned.
Senior English entrant Amelia MacDonald 12NPNG was required to deliver an impromptu speech on racism in the morning session before delivering her prepared speech in the afternoon.
Manuhaea was awarded third place in the Junior Māori Competition. Congratulations to all our speakers as well as Mrs James, Mr Crosby and Kapa Haka for their support.