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Friday 5 April 2024 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Education, Features, National

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Apii Avarua students win top trophies in Māori Speech Competition
Apii Avarua students. MELINA ETCHES/ 24040418

Apii Avarua students took home the top trophies at Te Maraurau o te Pae Apii (Ministry of Education) Primary Schools Māori Speech Competition held on Wednesday night at Te Are Karioi National Auditorium.

Ngapoe Urirau (left) won 1st prize for Year 8, and Terā-'itirere-ki-Avaiki “Mama Ra” Rongo won 1st prize for Year 7. Daru Graham (right) represented the Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI), the sponsors of the annual competition.

On Tuesday evening, the Year 6 students presented their speeches based on the theme of ‘Toku Reo Māori’, with Amarah Gribble from Apii Takitumu taking home the top prize.