Speech master steps up
He spoke his way to the top at Nga Manu Korero in June and could become the best young speaker in the country.
Tokoroa High School student Justus Riki-Hamana,15, and representatives from the school left for the national speech competition in Dunedin on Monday.
Justus will speak on Thursday and Tokoroa High School dean of Te Rito, Keinan Ngapo said they have been working hard to refine his speech.
‘‘He is ready but it has been a matter of refining it,’’ Mr Ngapo said.
‘‘I think he has such a great chance. There has been an intense and vigorous training programme. For example, he has been practising everyday for the last month.
‘‘When we go down we are going to be very focused. As his dean and speech coach I believe that he can bring it home; he has the goods to do so. This whole journey has been about him representing himself and the school,’’ Mr Ngapo said.
His speech: ‘‘Let me tell you about a true leader’’ was the supreme winner in the j unior English division at Nga Manu Korero and has been refined since.
Justus will speak for six minutes and is the eighth speaker.
WINNING WORDS: Justus Riki-Hamana, left, will give his award winning speech at a national competition tomorrow.