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Waitangi Day Speech Competition

11 September 2018

Waitangi Day Speech Competition

Waitangi Day Dawn Service – photo by Chris Pegman

The winning student receives return travel for two to the Bay of Islands with Air New Zealand, accommodation in Paihia courtesy of Westpac NZ, and VIP attendance at Waitangi Week functions on the 5th and 6th February. The winner also receives a certificate, a taonga and a carved trophy for their school to display. The runner-up will receive a certificate and a taonga. Last year’s winner was Te Hinenga Te Hemi from Avonside Girls’ High School in Christchurch.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO, Greg McManus, said the competition is all about inspiring young people to reflect on our national day and what it means for them. “I was so impressed with the entries we received last year and Te Hinenga was a fantastic ambassador for her school when she came to Waitangi in February. I really look forward to even more entries this year and to hearing fresh perspectives about te Tiriti and nationhood. . We are very grateful to Air NZ and Westpac NZ for helping to make it happen.”

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Education Manager Monika Kern is excited about hearing students’ views. “Listening to young people’s views on Waitangi Day and on our nation can be very inspiring and thought provoking Te Hinenga’s speech last year set the bar high – I’m really looking forward to hearing this year’s entries.

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