Takaimaania Ngata-Henare (right-hand side) in Year 11 has won the prestigious Senior Māori Tā Himi Henare Memorial Trophy at this year’s Te Manu Korero Competitions which were held in Panguru last week
Yesterday, we celebrated her success with a whole school powhiri. The significance and purpose of the powhiri were 2-fold. #1. To welcome Takaimaania, her whānau, dignitaries and the trophy into our school, and #2. It is also customary to bless such a taonga and bring its Mauri (life spirit) to rest peacefully in our school.
Well done Takaimaania, we are immensely proud of your achievement. Thank you to everybody that contributed to the powhiri and supported Taakaimania.
The Sir James Henare Memorial Trophy commemorates the late Sir James Clendon Tau Henare, revered Kaumatua of te Tai Tokerau. Sir James Henare was an outstanding orator in both Māori and English. He was a respected National Leader who promoted the Māori Language throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. The objectives for this section are to give greater impetus and status to both the Māori and English languages and for both languages to enhance each other.
This is one of the most prestigious awards in Taitokerau (Northland) and has been held by some of New Zealand’s best orators in the Te Reo Māori arena, and now, we welcome it into our Huanui whānau.