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Ancestry Inspires Winning Performance

Kapa Haka group photoKatarina Porima represented Woodford House at the Te Matau A Maui (Hawke’s Bay region) Nga Manu Korero speaking competition held at the Te Ara o Tāwhaki Marae at EIT on Friday 1 July.


Year 11 student Katarina was entered in the Korimako – Senior English Prepared section where she competed against 13 students (Years 11-13) from schools from Wairoa to Central Hawke’s Bay.

The topic Katarina chose from a list offered was, ‘Without foresight or vision the people will be lost’. Katrina spoke about inspirational influences such as Dame Whina Cooper, Sir Apirana Ngata and her own ancestors as well as the importance of courage, conviction and communication.

For the impromptu section she chose the topic, ‘If it’s going to be it’s up to me’. She had five minutes to prepare and three minutes to speak.

Katarina was placed third overall in the Korimako for the combination of her marks for the prepared and impromptu speeches. She was supported by the Kapa Haka group who sang a waiata after she spoke.

Josephine Carpenter, Director of Performing Arts