The event drew a 750-strong audience

Big audience for speech competition

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University celebrated the reintroduction of te reo Maori courses in style with a massive speech competition.

The university hosted speakers from 28 Canterbury and West Coast high schools and colleges competing in the Waitaha Regional Nga Manu Korero Speech competition held last month.

 It is the first time the university has held the event on campus.

Assistant vice-chancellor, Maori and Pasifika, Dr Dione Payne said the university was honoured to hold the event.

She said it celebrated the reintroduction of te reo Maori courses at Lincoln University after 10 years of non-delivery.

Dr Payne said hosting the event was part of supporting Lincoln’s focus on te reo on campus including the delivery of te reo Maori professional development workshops for staff.

“These activities support our journey into developing a strategy for a bicultural campus and our ongoing commitment to matauraka Maori.” Lincoln University has recently instituted a course, which covers an introduction to te reo Maori listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension, as well as a Mahika Kai course.

The event has strong support from sponsors, Te Puni Kokiri, TahuFM, Kotahi Mano Kaika, TRONT, Te Putahitanga, Whenua Kura, Kia ora Hauora and Hakari Rau Limited.