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Friday, September 21, 2007

Manu korero results

Te Arawa rohe can be proud of three of its younger orators.

At this week's Manu Korero secondary school speech competitons Auckland, Tupoutahi Winitana Te Kaipara took the Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy for senior Maori home to Te Kura o Te Ahorangi near Turangi.

Along the way he won the prizes for best prepared speech, best impromptu and best male speaker.

The Korimako trophy for senior speech in English was won by Ibrahim Soloman from Rotorua Boys High School, and the Sir Turi Carroll trophy for Junior English was won by Cruz Karauti-Fox from Taupo-nui-a-tia College.

Te Rawhiti Ihaka junior Maori award went south to Manawatu-Horowhenu in the luggage of Te Ataakura Pewhairangi from Te Wharekura o Mana Tamariki.

Hona Black from Ngai Tuhoe, a student at Hato Paora, got a special mention for coming second in both the English and Maori senior events.

Waatea news reporter Te Kauhoe Wano says the whanau support for Tupoutahi Winitana from parents Chris and Tina showed through.

“You know you just don’t see it with Tuoutahi only. The whole whanau’s there and you’ve seen their faces around at these competitions, whether it be the performing arts, so very much the whanau and that’s reinforced again by Hona Black and his dad Taiarahia Black who’s one of the big reo exponents, hurinoa te motu, the professor at Massey University as we know, and of course Tuhoe origin, so very much having that strong leadership in the whanau helps a lot with these tamariki,” he says.

MWWL LOSING ITS EDGE

The Maori Women's Welfare League is being challenged for forgetting its role.

The league is holding its 56th annual hui at the Copethorne Resort in the Bay of Islands.

Maori Party co leader Dr Pita Sharples says despite its proud history providing leadership for Maori, the league’s performance has been disappointing in recent years.

“The league has not made strong support statements to the work a lot of us have been doing in the area of domestic violence, child abuse, family breakdown and poverty. I would have thought they would have led the charge for us here in Aotearoa so I am a bit disappointed with the way the league has sort of got in the way of the delivery of services rather than being the watchdog and the mother for our people,” Dr Sharples says.

WHANAU BATTLES FOR BODY IN GLEBE

The whanau of a Northland man killed in Sydney hope their efforts to speed up release of his body will help other Maori across the Tasman.

42 year old Shane Hau died last Saturday after he was hit by a car in West Sydney.

Relatives and supporters have protested outside the Glebe coroner's court for the past two days.

Whanau member Pauline Hopa from Auckland says the protest was effective, and the tupapaku is due to arrive in New Zealand tomorrow for burial in Moerewa.

“They're responding to what they see as bad treatment but they’re also building a platform so the next whanau that comes along mightn’t have that same thing happen to them,” Ms Hopa says.

As the Maori population in Australia grows, dialogue is needed to make the Australian authorities aware of Maori cultural expectations.

MANU KORERO BEST OF MAORI

This week's Manu Korero speech competitions have showcased some of the best of what Maori have to offer.

Pita Sharples, the co-leader of the Maori Party, says there were impressive performances from highly-motivated rangatahi.

He says more of his colleagues should have been at the Manukau Events Centre in South Auckland.

“Walking around there, watching the buzz, 2000 people in there, I wish my fellow politicians, my collegues in Parliament could just walk through that hall at any hour of the proceedings, and they would get a completely different view of our rangatahi and of us as a people,” Dr Sharples says.

The senior prize for Maori speech, the Pei Te Hurinui Jones trophy, went to a Turangi homeschooled student, Tupoutahi Winitana-Te Kaipara.

Ibrahim Soloman from Rotorua Boys High School won the Korimako trophy for best senior speech in English, while the Sir Turi Carroll trophy for Junior English was won by Cruz Karauti-Fox from Taupo-nui-a-tia College.

Te Ataakura Pewhairangi from Palmerston North's Te Wharekura o Mana Tamariki won the junior Maori section.

TOHU FOR SIR HOWARD

Sir Howard Morrison has received many accolades, but he will treaure the one he gets this Sunday on his home marae Te Papaiouru in Rotorua.

He is to receive Te Tohu Tiketike a Te Waka Toi from the Maori board of Creative New Zealand for his lifetime commitment to entertainment.

Sir Howard began his career in 1955 with the Clive Trio before achieving fame with the Howard Morrison Quartet.

He says it's a very special award.

“You know I've won everything that one possibly could through achieving in my career from the mainstream, but to be honoured by the Maori contingent of Te Waka Toi makes it even more important to me, and to be presented with that on my own marae,” Sir Howard says.

He says show business has kept his mind young.

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