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Thursday 6 April 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Education, National

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Reo Māori thriving in the Pa Enua
Te Tārērē Kōrero Māori ā te au 'Api'i Tuarua ō te Kūki 'Airani Tare'anga i te kai 'ōronga'anga rē. (Winners from the Reo Māori Senior Students Speech Competition). From Left: Year 11 1st Tuema Areai' - Āpi'i Tereora, Year 12 1st Anadoria Tereapii - 'Āpi’i Mangaia, Year 13 1st Aaron Marc Punua - 'Āpi'i 'Enuāmanu. MELINA ETCHES/23040504

Te Reo Māori is well and thriving in the Pa Enua as demonstrated by the fluent and passionate senior student speakers who dominated the awards in the Tārērē Kōrero Māori ā te au 'Api'i Tuarua ō te Kūki 'Airani (Reo Māori Schools Speech Competition) on Tuesday evening.

The event was held at the National Auditorium Domes.

The students of Tereora, the country’s national college, also impressed after placing in each of the Year Level categories and winning the Year 11 trophy.

Fourteen students from Rarotonga schools and the neighbouring Southern Group islands participated in the event run by the Ministry of Education.

The speeches were well researched and well delivered in each of their respective island languages, followed by appreciative cheers and encouragement from the large crowd.

Awards – Year 11: 1st Tuema Areai' - Āpi'i Tereora, 2nd Marie Mingi - 'Āpi’i ‘Enuāmanu, 3rd Ngatama Tuakanangaro - 'Āpi'i Mauke; Year 12 1st Anadoria Tereapii' - Āpi’i Mangaia, 2nd Teii Ngametua - Āpi'i Tereora, 3rd Teryna Paratainga - 'Āpi'i  'Enuāmanu; Year 13 1st Aaron Marc Punua - 'Āpi'i  'Enuāmanu, 2nd Christian Tereora - 'Āpi'i Mangaia, 3rd Marenga Tua - Āpi'i Tereora.