There’s a quote attributed to the writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Speech is power. Speech is to persuade; to convert; to compel”. In te ao Māori the relationship between kōrero and mana is well established.
Every year, 14 regions compete in the Ngā Manu Kōrero National Secondary School’s Speech competition. Competitors must first win their regionals to qualify for nationals.
The competition is made up of four sections: Pei Te Hurinui for Senior Māori, Korimako for Senior English, Rāwhiti Ihaka for Junior Māori and Sir Turi Carroll for Junior English.
This year, the inaugural virtual Nga Manu Korero was based at Palmerston North in the Manawatu.
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu celebrates and congratulates all kura, all kaikorero, all whānau who represented us so brilliantly over the course of this week.
The commitment to ensure the survival of Māori language as a living, spoken and dynamic treasure is captured within the essence of Ngā Manu Kōrero. We are so proud of the commitment, the determination and the perseverance within which all of these rangatira take to the stage.
How awesome was it to have four regional finalists from the same whānau / marae / hapū / iwi, Kiringāua Cassidy; Te Atarau Cassidy; Ripeka Potiki and Hana-Amaia Tamati Paratene! He uri rātau nō Raniera rāua ko Hana Nikuru Erihana, he raukura nō te kāika o Ōtākou, nō Taranaki mounga anō hoki.
We mihi to you all. Particular congratulations to two of our amazing kaikōrero who placed in the finals
Ko te kai a te rangatira he korero The food of leaders is oratory
Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year from 1975. September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the Māori language petition to Parliament.
Here is our own team’s contribution to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Wellbeing representatives are concerned that COVID-19 lockdown stresses on top of flooding issues are stretching Buller folk’s ability to manage.
West Coast DHB Director of Allied Health Jane George says the various organisations supporting the psychosocial and wellbeing of Kawatiri folk had noticed that the pressures of the COVID-19 Delta Level 4 lockdown on top of issues from the recent flooding were taking its toll.
The free Coping with Stress courses take place at the Westport Bridge Club on Tuesday 28 September from 1pm to 5pm, and Thursday 30 September from 9am to 1pm.
Book to attend through firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few spots will also be available on the free Psychosocial First Aid course designed for people involved with wellbeing organisations. That course takes place on Wednesday 29 September, from 9am to 4pm, also at the Westport Bridge Club.
One of the most important values to us is that of mana motuhake – the ability to protect your stories and to take control over what information is shared with others. This week we had negotiated with some of our whānau when the media wanted to talk to whānau members who had benefitted from the Puna funding. Over 141,000 whānau members have been supported over the last 18 months through the Puna funding, but we have always been very clear – that the sole purpose of our support for whānau is driven by whānau. If whānau don’t want their photos, names, stories shared, then kei a koutou te tikanga. Whānau first, every time.
We have, however, thad a number of whānau who came forward and were willing to share their story as long as their names and faces were protected. For the media outlets we talked with, this was not something they were prepared to do. So to honour our whānau who came forward, we share some of their stories today.
This māmā is blessed with three sons. Her husband was ill and unable to work. The whānau also supported other whānau during lockdown . Mum is working on a low income but ironically, just too much to get support from Work and income. She is so grateful for food support and power assistance.
This man is a double amputee who returned home to be supported by his whānau. He had been receiving some support from ACC but the case was currently being reviewed. At the time of lockdown he had been waiting two months to hear back from ACC. He just wanted to contribute to his home as he wasn’t working and was so grateful for the support of food voucher.
In this whānau there is a hapū Māmā of three. Māmā had to have wisdom tooth looked at but couldn’t take pain relief. She has limited support from Winz, husband works in hotel but limited hours due to lockdown. Māmā had experienced so many pushbacks from Winz that she didn’t want to go back. Sh believes that people need a wraparound service but Winz is not best to provide it. Lives in Christchurch. Very grateful for our assistance.
This whānau had applied for roadblock funding – funding to retrain and prepare for new roles in the workforce following the impact of COVID and the loss of previous employment . This is one of our applicants who had applied for assistance with a laptop. Desmond, was happy to give consent to pose for a photo on behalf of the whānau as his partner and sister were too shy. They were very grateful, now she is going to do a computing course at Ara, so she can find better employment.
I have heard it said, let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile. This week I want to do a special shout out to our two smiling queens, our birthday girls, Katarina Mclean-Nutira and Saba Azeem.