Anika Ngaamo competing in Ngā Whakataetae Manu Kōrero ki Waitaha 2019.

We congratulate Anika Ngaamo for her speech at the regional secondary school’s speech competition in Christchurch.

On Friday 28th June in Lincoln Anika Ngaamo, one of our students, competed in Ngā Whakataetae Manu Kōrero ki Waitaha 2019. This is the annual regional speech competition made up of schools all around the Canterbury, West Coast regions and is a very big achievement. If competitors win their regional competition then they qualify to compete in the 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.

Five topics are given to speakers in each section to choose from, these are changed each year. The Olympic Scoring System is used for scoring each contestants speech. Under this system five judges are used to allocate scores for
each speaker. The top and bottom scores are eliminated leaving the
remaining scores to be totalled for a final score. A penalty of 10 points is deducted for any use of written aids i.e. cue cards, prompts etc…

12 minutes of speaking time is allocated to Māori speakers and 6 minutes for English speakers. While this might seem like a short amount of time, preparation is another story.

Students take two to six months to prepare themselves to take the stage.

Upcoming events

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Last day of term 4, 2020.

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre.

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 23 Nov

23rd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre.

Monday 23 Nov

  23rd of November Tecaher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be co... [Read more]

Friday 13 Nov

13th November Senior students go on study leave for their NCEA exams.

Tuesday 27 Oct

27th October, teachers only day. This is a professional learning day for all schools in Hokitika and will be t... [Read more]

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Friday 23 Oct

21 to 23 October, Westland High School will be staging the Lion King jr production. Tickets are available at t... [Read more]
All events