Stu­dents take part in UN speech con­test


Three Aotea Col­lege stu­dents have trod new ground for their school by en­ter­ing a United Na­tions speech con­test.

The stu­dents last month took part in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion to choose the Welling­ton rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Na­tions model sum­mit in June.

Maisy Bent­ley and Tyler Koro­heke were two of the three stu­dents in the first-time en­try.

Bent­ley said it was im­por­tant to get her school in­volved.

‘‘Get­ting the voice of all Welling­ton, not just the cen­tral schools, is im­por­tant,’’ she said.

The en­trants had to pre­pare an eight-minute speech on human se­cu­rity in di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.

Bent­ley fo­cused on refugees and how they could be helped and Koro­heke looked at racism in New Zealand.

Koro­heke said it was tough fit­ting such a broad topic into an eight­minute speech.

Bent­ley is plan­ning to study law next year and hopes Aotea Col­lege will con­tinue to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We didn’t win, but tak­ing part and ad­vanc­ing our skills was im­por­tant.’’

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