26 Sep 2008

National speech competitions

1:39 pm on 26 September 2008

Students from around New Zealand took the stage in Rotorua on Thursday night for Nga Manu Korero - the national speech competitions.

Waatea News reports the final results often depended on aggregate scores across a range of catergories.

The Pei te Hurinui Jones trophy for senior Maori went to Toko-aitua Winiata from Te Kura a iwi o Whakatipuranga Rua Mano in Otaki.

Rihari Ratahi from Te Wharekura a rohe o Te Whakapumau won the Korimako trophy for senior speeches in English.

Makoha Gardiner, from the organising committee, says there was a clear change in subject matter from previous years, when tribal identity was to the fore.