HATO PETERA TO HOST AUCKLANDS PREMIERE MAORI SPEECH CONTEST

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Energy, expression, eloquence and essence: all will be needed and in full supply when secondary schools from across Auckland gather for this weeks TAMAKI MAKAURAU NGA MANU KORERO ORATORY COMPETITION 2010.

Students from 28 secondary schools will take to the stage over the two-day regional competition to be held at Hato Petera College on Thursday 27 May and Friday 28 May 2010.

The Manu Korero speech competition is one of the biggest events on the Auckland secondary schools calendar attracting more than 8,000 students, whanau and wider community. Its aim is to harness future Maori leaders while creating a greater awareness among Maori youth about political, social and economic issues that affect Maori today.

Speakers compete for one of the four top prizes: Pei te Hurinui Jones (Senior Maori), Korimako (Senior English), Rawhiti Ihaka (Junior Maori) and Ta Turi Kara (Junior English).The competition will comprise prepared and impromptu Maori language and English language speech categories. Topics are generally determined by the competitions national body and range from traditional talking points like language revitalisation to more modern perspectives such as what it means to be a digital native.

Winners in each of the sections will represent Auckland at the national competition in Dunedin in September.

Auckland has produced many speakers who have gone on to win national titles.

In recent years, speakers from Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae (Mangere), Dilworth School (Newmarket), Mount Albert Grammar (Mt Albert) and Auckland Grammar School (Mt Eden) have won national titles. In 1995, Hato Petera College (Northcote) student Graeme Rakuraku won the national junior English title.

Hato Petera College Head of Maori, Lou Hau, says the competition has a very proud history. At a regional and national level, Nga Manu Korero has been the platform for many successful and accomplished young Maori leaders. Hato Petera College is very pleased to be able to host this important and significant event.

Maori Television rangatahi personalities Tiare Tarewa, Marama Gardiner and Miss Kihi will join Heemi Hill as masters of ceremony.

Event times are:

Thursday 27 May, 2010 powhiri at 8.00 am; competitions from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Friday 28 May, 2010 competitions from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm followed by prize giving.

For photo opportunities, interviews and media enquiries, contact Media Liaison Marino Hau on 021 430 536 or email: mar_hau@hatopetera.school.nz.

OTHER INFORMATION

Hato Petera College:

Hato Petera College is a co-educational boarding and day school, whose special character is Catholic and Maori. The college is located at 103 College Road, Northcote, North Shore.For more information about Hato Petera College, visit www.hatopetera.school.nz.

Participating schools at Tamaki Makaurau Nga Manu Korero Oratory Competition 2010:

Epsom Girls Grammar School, James Cook High School, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi, Otahuhu College, Mount Albert Grammar, Te Whanau o Tupuranga,

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Piripono, Diocesan School For Girls, Auckland Girls Grammar School, McAuley High School, Nga Kakano o te Kaihanga Kura

Kelston Girls High School, Te Wharekura o Manurewa, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori a Rohe o Mangere, Albany Senior High School, Nga Puna o Waiorea, Wesley College,

Hato Petera College, Kelston Boys High School, Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Rutherford High School, Te Wharekura o Te Raki Paewhenua, Rosmini College, Alfriston College

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