Speech mas­ter steps up

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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