On Friday 27 June, two mokopuna of Ngāi Tūāhuriri competed at the Waitaha regional Ngā Manu Kōrero competition.

Both Te Rakitaunuku Tau (St Thomas of Canterbury College) and Tia Reriti (Rangiora High School) took part in the senior English section, which required both of them to deliver a prepared and impromptu speech.

Both had fantastic feedback from the crowd and their peers. Notably for their excellence in delivering their kōrero, speaking with authority on their chosen topics, being wildly humorous and maintaining the representation of Tuahiwi by looking their best.

Congratulations to you both for not only representing yourselves, whānau and school but also our hapū and iwi. It’s comforting to know that the next generation of Tuahiwi leaders are competent and willing to step forward.

How prophetic is it having Rik Tau’s moko compete against Aroha Reriti-Croft’s moko aye – it’s in the whakapapa. Hope to see you both compete again next year and continue to make a mark on the world. Nā Reriti Tau.

Te Rakitaunuku Tau and Tia Reriti.

Te Rakitaunuku Tau and Tia Reriti.