Mauri Toa from CICC Takamoa, Rutera Taripo from the culture ministry, Jane Taurarii from the education ministry and ex-teacher Tapurau Short had the demanding task of judging the 33 students’ speeches. The pupils were from Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
They presented their speeches in front of their peers based on the school’s theme for the term which was “Healthy Living”.
Parents were also there to support their children and principal Gaylyn Lockington said it was a “fantastic” day.
“It was good to see so many participating students and for some it was the first time for them so I’m impressed they gave it a go.”
Lockington said the school would continue to hold the competition each year.
“It is very much worth continuing as we teach our students to value our language and our culture. It is who we are, after all.”
The winning students were:
Year 11: Jeremiah Mata, Nooroa Uini and Daniel Foster.
Year 10: Joe Emanuela, Beau Daniel and Useizun Ngapoko-Karotaia.
Year 9: Bianca Cork, Nathan Atera and Morgan Young.
Year 8: Zach Samuel, Teau Maui and Anzia Tere.
Year 7: Teremoana Rae, Tararo Pera and Iana Aitau.
Each participant received a certificate and prizes from sponsors including Mary and Charlie Hosking of Charlie’s Café and Beach Hire, Pacific Resort Rarotonga, The Food Box, Bank of the Cook Islands and Bluesky Pacific.
Some of the winning speeches will feature in CINews soon.