24 Sep 2010

National speech competitions

9:01 am on 24 September 2010

The national Manu Korero speech competitions are over for another year, with the best young Maori orators in Maori and English found from around the motu.

The junior English Sir Turi Carroll trophy went to Ivana Schinkel from Hawkes Bay, while Kaharau Keogh from Nga Taiatea Kura in Waikato was the standout performer in the Rawhiti Ihaka junior Maori section.

Komene Cassidy says Syraia Haukamo from Napier took some risks to win the senior English Korimako trophy.

"Her speech was a beautful speech about forgiveness, telling a story that judges really enjoyed as she got her point across," he said.

Waatea News reports the senior Maori Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy was won by Herea Winitana from Tuwharetoa, who won the best prepared speech in the best male speaker categories.

Puhiauarangi Black from Ngai Tuhoe took second through her wins as best impromptu speech and best female speaker.