MHS Cultural Events

Kyosato visit September 2023

Welcoming week and Tongan language week Sept 2023

Launched in 2012, Welcoming Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate our welcoming values through local events and initiatives that foster mutual understanding, stronger connections, and deeper belonging among all of us — particularly long-time residents and newcomers.

Aotearoa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. There are over 200 different ethnicities. A quarter of all people who call New Zealand home were born overseas. Our diversity is our strength. It's what makes us a vibrant and attractive place to be. Welcoming Week in Aotearoa is a chance to celebrate these qualities and demonstrate two important Māori principles:

  1. Whanaungatanga — the importance of relationships, and
  2. Manaakitanga — the process of showing respect, generosity, and care for others.

Regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition 2023

On Friday 9 June MHS was represented at the regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech competition hosted at Nelson College for Girls. Our speakers were Leah Ngawhika (Senior English), Temaru Teaukura ( Junior English) and Kahukura Iosefa (Junior Māori). They all stood with mana and confidence, and came off stage feeling pleased about their delivery. Each achieved a third place in their respective categories. 

The additional 22 MHS students who accompanied and supported our three speakers were smartly attired, well behaved, and did a particularly good job of learning and performing the waiata in support of their fellow students. Even with the early start of students needing to be at school by 7am,  they did this without issue or complaint and maintained a positive attitude. All in all it was a fabulous day.

Thank you to everyone for their support behind the scenes. To those who released students from classes to allow us to train & and rehearse, to those who gave encouragement to our speakers and to those who helped with the logistics of uniforms, vans, EOTC admin, teaching relief etc…he mihi maioha (greetings of gratitude).

Special thanks to Whaea Hilary & Whaea Trish  for chauffeuring & chaperoning van loads of students on the day and congratulations to Whaea Karen and the Te Tauihu team of organisers for a smoothly run event. Big thanks to Tania Corbett and Maihi Barber for organising this and accompanying the students.

Manu Kōrero Regionals June 2022

The following students represented Motueka High School at the Manu Kōrero Regionals on June 10 which was hosted by Nayland College at the Green Meadows Community Centre in Stoke. 

Junior Māori - Laylani Simons

Junior English - Harlem Castle

Senior English - Leah Ngawhika

Motueka High School is the only school with more than 2 speakers. I believe that in itself is a win for our school. 

Laylani Simons, placed second in the Junior Maori section,. All our speakers and kaitautoko represented the school with pride

Regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech competition 2023

Above:  Leah Ngawhika (Senior English), Temaru Teaukura ( Junior English) and Kahukura Iosefa (Junior Māori) from Regional Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech competition 2023. The group of students is pictured below..

Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo - Māori Language Symposium 2022

Attendees at the Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo Māori Language Symposium next Tuesday and Wednesday 17 and 18 May 2022.

Nga Manu Korero 2021​​​​​​​

Lucy Summerfield and Ariana Ormsby who represented Motueka High School at the regional Nga Manu Korero event that took place in Term 2. Lucy came second in the senior Maori event and Ariana and Lucy’s joint efforts saw them taking third place for Motueka Highat the Regional Nga Manu Korero