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Samoan Speech Competition

EBIS Students Impress at Samoan Speech Competition

Malo lava le onosai! Malo le tauivi! Malo le faaeaea o aiga!

24th June was an adrenaline-pumped Friday. Two year seven students from Evans Bay Intermediate School, Desmond Matale and Kianu Fiamatai, competed in the annual FAGASA Porirua Samoan speech competition - up against some of the most talented Samoan speakers in Wellington.

The day started at 9:00am in Porirua hall. 46 competitors piled in, ranging from years 5 to 13. After a quick briefing, and the Year 5s kicked off the day. Desmond and Kianu watched on, shaking with nerves. It was their first competition and they had both signed up so that they could make their families proud and show them what they could do.

Each participant had one month to prepare for the event and were all given the topic of ‘E felelei manu ae ma’au i o latou ofaga’ (‘Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive’): talking about how no matter where they go, people always come back to their home.

Anticipation was the worst part and, while practising, the boys admitted that they had regretted signing up but Miss Nima Pemerika (Class and Samoan language teacher) soon managed to persuade them. After listening to the first speakers, it was Desmond’s and Kianu’s turn to present their speech to 200 eager people and four judges watching on.

Desmond spoke first, and forgot a few of his lines but still managed to keep going. Soon after, Kianu spoke, one quote from his speech being; “If there’s a will there’s a way” and scoring a whopping total of 168 points out of 200, coming first out in his year group, with Desmond coming a close second at 155 points out of 200.

After watching the last Year 13’s speak, the boys went home, buzzing with excitement and ready to compete at Nationals which will take place on the 4th of August in Auckland.  Both Kianu and Desmond are working towards memorising their speeches and using more body movement, two things they feel they lacked in their first speeches.

After a tiring day the two boys are now ready to represent their school and the Wellington region at their next competition in Auckland, where they will be up against other Year 7 speakers from Christchurch and Auckland.

By Jordan and Rebecca