Jus­tus talks his way to fourth

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

De­spite missing out on a top three plac­ing by half a mark at the na­tional Nga Manu Ko­rero com­pe­ti­tion, Toko­roa High School stu­dent Jus­tus Rik­iHa­mana gave a crowd-pleas­ing per­for­mance.

The 15-year-old came fourth out of 15 speak­ers af­ter de­liv­er­ing his speech at Nga Manu Ko­rero in Dunedin. The com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of four cat­e­gories – ju­nior English and Maori, and se­nior English and Maori.

Jus­tus de­liv­ered his speech on what makes a true leader.

Toko­roa High School dean of Te Rito, Keinan Ngapo, said Jus­tus’ per­for­mance ‘‘was wicked’’.

‘‘I was sur­prised be­cause dur­ing our prac­tices he was there, but he was just ready to de­liver his speech. The prepa­ra­tion lead­ing up to was good but there was a stage where he wanted to get up there and do it.’’

Jus­tus was as­sessed by five judges.

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