May 11, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Renowned Maori public speaker takes first place in Toastmasters NZ national competition

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World renowned public speaker Kingi Biddle has just taken 1st in this year’s National Toastmaster NZ Public Speaking comps winning him a spot in the 2013 World Championship held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Eastern United States in August.

Kingi is of Ngati Whakaue, Te Arawa and Ngai Tuhoe descent, is on Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Standing Committee and is a trustee on Te Komiti Nui o Ngati Whakaue and the Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

Mr Biddle told the Rotorua Daily Post that the key to his success were the experiences he enjoyed while growing up in Rotorua and “the power one can find in just saying hello to people”.

The 2013 World Championship will take the best from over 30,000 speakers in 116 countries andis considered the Olympics of oratory world.

In 2011, Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell was so impressed with Mr Biddle’s world-beating feat he sent out a press release congratulating him

I am so proud of Kingi’s commitment and determination to get to Las Vegas and represent Aotearoa,” the Maori Party MP said. “This has been a real whanau effort. His whanau, his wife Wendy and the whole community have supported Kingi, helping to raise funds to enable his tamariki and whanau to travel with him as kaitautoko (supporters).

In the past finalists have come from range of cities from Hollywood, California, to Berlin, Germany, and Rotorua, New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Kingi Biddle was a finalist in the 2011 World Championship contest.

Kia kaha e te manu tioriori o te ngahere Maori. Mauri ora!

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