The Waiariki Maori Women’s Welfare League were very proud to once again host the annual Waiariki MWWL Rangatahi Oratory Competition at the Liberty Centre in Whakatane on Friday the 26 of June. The Pu Korero competition is organised by the League to encourage and develop the art of speech making.
Pictured above are cousins Heremia McGarvey, winner of the Junior Boys Section and Te Urupounamu McGarvey, winner of the Julie O’Rourke trophy, both competing in the Mataatua Regional Section. The came away with prestigious wins at the Waiariki MWWL Rangatahi Oratory Competition Both students exhibited a high level of speech making and oratory skills to win their categories. Heremia chose to speak about his ancestor Ngapera Black, who had been instrumental in forming the Ruatoki section of the League. Te Urupounamu speech was based on her trip to Wellington earlier in the year as part of the police apology to Tuhoe for the Operation Eight terror raids.
The winners included year 9 student Timi Riini, who won the junior section. The senior Māori section was won by year 13 student Akuira Tiakiwai. The junior english section was won by year 10 Anahera Tawhai, and year 13 Te Iwarangi Harae won top place in the senior competition.
Te Urupounamu and Heremia will represent the Eastern Bay in the Pu Korero national speech competition in September. The four Te Whare Kura o Ruatoki students will compete in the national Manu Korero competition in Septuber at the Te Rauparaha Centre in Porirua.