July Pānui, 2019

17/7/2019

Tyrone’s winning message

Tyrone’s winning message Tyrone Bird with his host “mama” at the World Waka Ama Champs in Tahiti last year.

Another Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō rangatahi doing us proud is Tyrone Bird. Tyrone took out the Pei Te Hurinui Jones Senior Māori section at the Tairāwhiti Ngā Manu Kōrero secondary school speech competition in Ruatōrea late last month. 

Tyrone, who attends Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hawaiki Hou in Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne), challenged the use of European teaching in Māori education. He told Māori TV: “For Māori who are consuming European narratives, I say give me the Māori teachings about the void, the night and the world of light so that I may know I have a spirit, stop giving me the narratives of the father, the son and holy ghost,” says Bird.

Tyrone will join Te Ao Marama Nepia, who won the Junior Māori section at the Te Tauihu regionals in Picton in May, at the nationals in Te Papaioea (Palmerston North) in September.

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