By Alice Chisnall-Kalouniviti, Pūkenga Mātauranga Whakapakari / Health Promoter & Nurse Educator
“Just picture everyone naked,” some of our best and brightest rangatahi were probably thinking as they nervously took to the stage at the regionals for Ngā Manu Kōrero 2017 (a secondary school speech competition) in Waimeha, where Te Piki Oranga’s health promoters were on deck to share the latest health advice with competitors and whānau.
The TPO booth was inundated with youngsters in between speeches, as they entered competitions and chatted to our nurse, social worker and Te Hā / Stop Smoking Pūkenga Manaaki.
Keen to brush up on information about HPV vaccines, oral health and diabetes, it was also a chance for Whaea Miraka Norgate to show young mums how wahakura (baby pod for sleeping) plays a large part in raising healthy pepe.
With a large crowd of whānau supporters of all ages attending, the TPO team also used the opportunity to get the message out about healthy kai and the dangers of sugary drinks.
Marlborough Girls’ College took home the Senior Māori, Junior English and Best Female Speaker trophies for 2017, with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi taking out the Junior Māori title. Nelson College won the judges over for both Senior and Junior English and Best Male Speaker.
Rawhiti Ihaka (Junior Maori Section)
Sonaia Beard - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi
Sir Turi Carrol (Junior English Section)
Lucas Baker - Marlborough Boys College
Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Senior Māori Section)
Kiri Pounamu Nepia - Marlborough Girls College
Korimako (Senior English Section)
Abel Johnson - Nelson College