Congratulations Coco Lance

Published on Monday, 20 April 2020, 6:52 p.m. Print Article

Nga Manu Kōrero Nationals 2019

Earlier this year, our Year 13 student Coco Lance represented Selwyn College in the Nga Manu Kōrero regional speech competition held at Ōrakei marae where she came first in the Korimako Senior English section. This gave Coco a place in the nationals representing Tāmaki Makaurau ki Waitematā.

Two weeks ago, Coco travelled to Palmerston North accompanied by an enthusiastic roopu tautoko, support group from the school, to compete against students from all over the country in what is the penultimate whaikōrero competition for Maori youth in Aotearoa. Nga Manu Kōrero ran over two days in the Regent Theatre with the kaupapa promoting excellence in oratory in both Maori and English.

Speakers gave a 3 minute impromptu and a 6 minute prepared speech. Topics related to Te Ao Maori and the speeches reflected the issues of most concern to our rangatahi. This year Coco’s prepared topic was “I tried to keep quiet but my ancestors wouldn’t let me”, which challenged the stereotypes often associated with being a Maori woman in today’s society. 

The trip was a fantastic opportunity for Selwyn College students to participate in and experience an event that celebrates excellence in rangatahi Maori. For our Year 13 students it was a great way to finish their time at Selwyn, and for our junior students it was inspirational. As expected, our tauira, students, behaved impeccably and were a credit to themselves and the school.

Sixty students representing 15 regions competed in the two-day event in both the te reo Māori and English categories, covering both prepared and impromptu speaking.  It is described as a stepping stone for the country's future leaders. Hence we are thrilled and proud to let our community know that Coco placed 6th in her prepared speech and 9th overall which is a great result, and we are very proud of her.

A big thank you to Whaea Fiona Smith and assistant principal Milton Henry for their guidance, Rochelle Urlich for her organisation, and our wonderful akonga: Waimarie Rewiri Beck, Alicia Murgatroyd, Icis Talbot, Maia Royal, Rawiri Collins, Alica Kahi, Te Raurangiorua Hawke, Sariha Pihema, Lulu Lance, Tineka Gate, Destiny Norman Lavea, Lauren Raraka Howell,  and  Te Ao Katoa Bah - Tawhi for their awhina, manaaki and aroha.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

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