The annual Nga Manu Korero Speech Competitions have just taken place at Orakei Marae and we are thrilled to report that for the first time in many years, Selwyn College entered speakers in every section: Senior Maori Icis Talbot, Senior English Coco Lance, Junior Maori Maia Royal and Junior English Ecclesiastes Allen.
A big congratulations to Coco Lance who placed 3rd overall in the prepared speech with a compelling argument for the topic “Trust me with our future” and a second place in the impromptu on the topic “Tamaki makaurau 2050”. Well done Coco. For Maia, Icis and Ecclesiastes the experience has inspired them to compete next year.
The Tamaki ki te Waitemata regional competition draws from schools from the North Shore and all over the eastern parts of Auckland. During the course of the day hundreds of manuhiri attended to listen to and awhi their respective speakers.
It is extremely competitive and the pressure is intense. Each student must present a memorized speech of 6 minutes with seniors also competing in a 3 minute impromptu section. This year all our speakers acquitted themselves really well. They soared as only Selwyn students can.
Our students from Selwyn College played a vital role as kaimahi behind the scenes, preparing the marae and catering for the speakers, judges, host schools and the many supporters that attended. Selwyn College Kapa Haka and senior te reo Maori students were in the kitchens from the early morning and were some of the last to leave. A big call out to our fantastic chefs Oscar Allen, Caine Taihia Kilkelly and Tre Howell and Mama Tash for her help.
If you have yet to attend this showcase of young, talented Maori kaikorero, we recommend you come along next year.