Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competitions 2022
Ngā Manu Kōrero is regarded as the most significant event on the Māori education calendar for nurturing the oratory skills and providing the stage for young people to express their views and to lay down their challenges to an admiring and critical audience of peers, parents, whānau and judges.
The speech contests are intended to encourage the development of skills and confidence of Māori students in spoken English and te reo Māori. All secondary schools are invited to participate in this wonderful event, noting that the Māori section is open to all students as part of a strategy to support everyone to learn and to speak in te reo Māori.
In this 57th year of the competitions, we have reluctantly made the decision to again hold the national event online. Last year was the first time we trialled this format, due to Covid restrictions, and in light of the possibility of more Covid variations and surges, we think online is again the best option. We were pleasantly surprised at how well the national competition ran last year and the degree of participation.
Regions will be responsible for high-quality filming of contestants. The quality is important to give our rangatahi the best chance to shine in their performances and the funding provided by Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori and PPTA Te Wehengarua is available to assist with this.
Judging of the finals will be held in Wellington, without contestants present in person, on 28 – 30 September, and will be screened online.
For more information, please see the Ngā Manu Kōrero event page.