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Fagasā Samoan Speech Competition 2015.

Evelina Tuigamala —

Leafaina Fa’atiuga A’aitui

“Tautua Fa’amaoni Nei Mo Se Taeao Manuia” was the theme of the competition. It was a beautiful day with a hint of nervousness because seeing other students from different schools all around Wellington do good, makes me feel like I’m not going to do the same. The competition went well, everything was perfect. There were three of us; two were competing for level one, and one competing for level two. I was competing for level one, and I came second. There were heaps of supporters from other schools, and our teacher was one of our strong supporters. The speech competition to me was a great opportunity to embrace my beautiful culture.

Evelina Tuigamala

It was my very first time competing and I was representing Naenae College Samoan class for Level 2. I honestly felt nervous and shaking before I even started, but everything was back to normal when I was on the stage ready to talk about the theme. I came first and I didn’t expect anything like this at all because all the other competitors did extremely well. Standing in front of a large audience delivering something useful and reminding them about Samoan culture was so significant. I now have the passion and the confidence to share with people my culture and I am not ashamed of it. I am a proud Samoan today and forever.