Stu­dents speak on her­itage and fu­ture

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - RACHAEL COMER

Young speech mak­ers from through­out the South Is­land are pre­par­ing to bat­tle it out in Ti­maru.

The EDICM/NPO Fu­ture School Speech Com­pe­ti­tion will be held at Ron­calli Col­lege on Sun­day. The event’s two win­ners will re­ceive 12-day cul­tural ex­changes to Ja­pan, with a party of 10 trav­el­ling from the coun­try to watch the com­pe­ti­tion

Or­gan­iser Gerry Fen­nessy said he had been ap­proached by EDICM, a Ja­panese ed­u­ca­tion com­pany, to or­gan­ise a speech com­pe­ti­tion in Ti­maru, the first time one had been held in the South Is­land, and the first time one had been held na­tion­ally since 2004. The last com­pe­ti­tion was held in North Shore.

Fen­nessy said the com­pe­ti­tion would be ex­cit­ing, es­pe­cially given the two top speak­ers would win an over­seas trip.

‘‘It’s a great Fen­nessy said.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic for th­ese kids that op­por­tu­nity,’’ have got through to the event.’’

He said the com­pe­ti­tion was open to year 10, 11 and 12 stu­dents, with Atawhai Wooldridge, of Craig­head Dioce­san School, and Anne New­march, of Ron­calli Col­lege, tak­ing part.

Each con­tes­tant will de­liver a speech of six to seven min­utes on the topic: ‘What have you learned about your her­itage that you want to pass on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions?’

The com­pe­ti­tion will be judged by Ti­maru res­i­dents Mar­garet Dock­rill, John Clarke and Max Mul­drew.

Fen­nessy said the com­pe­ti­tion was a ‘‘good coup’’ for the re­gion, and he hoped it would be­come a reg­u­lar event.

‘‘I don’t think it will be an an­nual thing, but I like to think it could be more than a one-off.’’

He en­cour­aged the pub­lic to at­tend the com­pe­ti­tion, which will be­gin at 1.30pm on Sun­day at the Ron­calli Col­lege chapel.

The win­ners will com­plete their ex­change in De­cem­ber and will travel to Tokyo for a two-day home­s­tay, be­fore trav­el­ling to Kofu, Ya­manashi.

Meet the can­di­dates

Waitaki elec­torate can­di­dates will face the pub­lic at two meet the can­di­dates meet­ings this week­end. The first meet­ing, hosted by Grey Power, will be held on Satur­day at the Oa­maru Sal­va­tion Army au­di­to­rium at 1.30pm. The sec­ond meet­ing will take place in Wai­mate at the Sal­va­tion Army Hall, 135 Queen St, at 2pm on Sun­day.

Mu­sic fes­ti­val

St Mary’s Church will hold a mu­sic fes­ti­val on Sun­day.The events, from mid­day to 6pm, will in­clude in­ter­me­di­ate and younger mu­si­cians, play­ing a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments in­clud­ing the pi­ano, bag­pipes and per­cus­sion. A va­ri­ety of per­form­ers will take place, with the prize win­ners con­cert from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Po­lice note­book

In­ci­dents re­ported to po­lice in­clude:

A Te­muka man was ar­rested on an out­stand­ing war­rant on Hamil­ton St, Te­muka, at 8am on Thurs­day, and in­ter­viewed in con­nec­tion with theft from a Ware­house store in Christchurch.

A 34-year-old Wai­mate man was ar­rested for as­sault­ing his neigh­bour at a house on High St, Wai­mate, at 5.30pm on Thurs­day. The neigh­bour had also been charged with as­sault in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

Two cars were left badly dam­aged af­ter a crash in­volv­ing both ve­hi­cles and two cows near St An­drews at 7.30pm on Thurs­day. A driver hit a cow, which was left ly­ing in the road. A sec­ond driver drove their car over the same cow and hit the first car.

A 16-year-old Ti­maru male teenager was ar­rested on Church St, Ti­maru, for a breach of bail, at 11.15pm. He was then charged with as­sault­ing po­lice af­ter al­legedly as­sault­ing an of­fi­cer dur­ing the ar­rest process.

A 15-year-old male teenager miss­ing from Dunedin was lo­cated by po­lice on Hil­ton High­way in Washdyke at 3.30am on Fri­day af­ter lead­ing po­lice on a 60 minute foot chase. He would be taken by po­lice back to Dunedin.

Armed po­lice went to a house in Te­muka at 11.30am on Fri­day af­ter re­ports of an ag­gres­sive man at the ad­dress who was re­port­edly car­ry­ing a firearm. In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ued..

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Anne New­march, of Ron­calli Col­lege, pre­pares for her speech in the EDICM/NPO Fu­ture School Speech com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

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