Published in: Kokiri Issue 15 - Pipiri - Hōngongoi 2009
Te Puni Kōkiri supported the Tairāwhiti Regional Manu KŌrero speech competition and the regional secondary schools Kapa Haka festival. The competition and festival were hosted by Te Aitanga ā Hauiti and the Ūawa community. Twelve secondary schools participated in the Manu Kōrero with Hineteariki Parata-Walker winning the Pei Te Hurinui, Karli Rickard the Korimako, Te Aomarama Nohotima the Rāwhiti Ihaka and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna the Tā Turi Kara Trophy. Nine schools combined to form six rōpū in the kapa haka section with Turanga Wahine Turanga Tane taking top honours.