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Ngā Manu Kōrero regional speech competition

Danna Robson —

The Ngā Manu Kōrero regional speech competition was held at Lincoln University on Friday 28th June.

These competitions are intended to encourage the development of skills and confidence of Māori students in spoken English and Māori.  Each speaker represented our school with pride.  Thank you for the support of our four KHS students who spoke and their support crew who attended.

Aiyana Pitama was outstanding on the Junior English stage. Layla Bailey-McDowell had to speak twice, once in the Impromptu section and again in her Senior prepared. Waiora Brooks placed 3rd in Senior Māori impromptu, 3rd in Senior Māori prepared and 3rd Senior Māori overall, and Makaia Raimona placed 3rd in Junior Te Reo. This was a fantastic achievement by all these talented girls.

Secondary Schools' Kapahaka Regionals

We are in full swing for our preparation for this year's Regional Competition. This is the first year that we have been able to stand on the Regional Stage by ourselves - as Kaiapoi High School. We have had amazing support this year with Destiny Robson returning as a tutor, Aunty Lizzie Crofts, Matua Rangi, Matua Kaharoa, Matua Kiwhakiwha and Kylie-Jane Phillips also lending their expertise. Whaea Sharon and Matua Rēmi are the kaihāpai of the group and Rachel Goldstein is helping design the new uniforms for us. Many of our parents have been on-site working tirelessly in the kitchen to ensure the group is never hungry .

The students have had more of a hand in this year's Regionals. They have written two of our seven items (which some of them will be able to gain Music composition credits for), Matua Rangi has written two, Matua Kaharoa has written one, Hana O'regan has written one and I have written one.

Danna Robson - HOD Māori