SPEECH CON­TEST

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The win­ner of the na­tion­wide Wai­tangi Day speech com­pe­ti­tion was Te Hi­nenga Te Hemi from Avon­side Girls’ High School in Christchurch. Her win was an­nounced in Christchurch on Novem­ber 6. Sophia Zhang from St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege was the run­ner-up. The theme for the speech com­pe­ti­tion was: ‘‘What does Wai­tangi Day mean to me?’’ Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Monika Kern says ‘‘Young peo­ple from a wide range of back­grounds have taken the op­por­tu­nity to share what Wai­tangi Day means to them, and I have been re­ally im­pressed by the depth of their thoughts and their elo­quence in ex­press­ing them­selves.

Te Hi­nenga’s speech in par­tic­u­lar showed how rel­e­vant Wai­tangi Day, and what it stands for, is to young and not so young peo­ple’’. The win­ning stu­dent re­ceives re­turn travel for two to the Bay of Is­lands with Air New Zealand, ac­com­mo­da­tion at Kings­gate Ho­tel Au­tolodge Pai­hia courtesy of West­pac NZ, at­ten­dance at Wai­tangi Day func­tions on the 5th and 6th Fe­bru­ary, and the op­por­tu­nity to de­liver the win­ning speech at Wai­tangi. The win­ner also re­ceives a cer­tifi­cate, a taonga and a carved tro­phy for their school to dis­play for 9 months. The run­ner-up will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and a taonga.

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