Isabella shines at National Finale

We were so proud of Isabella Drummond’s performance at the New Zealand finale of Ngā Manu Kōrero held last week.

Isabella (Ngāti Maniapoto), Year 11, made the finale after participating in the Auckland regionals in June. There she had competed in the ‘Korimako Trophy’ section for ‘Senior English’ where competitors were given a prepared and an impromptu speech.

Isabella’s prepared topic was “Let me be the rangatahi today; I’ll be the rangatira tomorrow” and her impromptu was “Learning te reo Māori via google”.

So powerful were her performances that Isabella was awarded Top Female Speaker, Best Impromptu and Top Overall Speaker.

Pictured left are Westlake students in support of Isabella at the Regionals.

Due to lockdown, the finale in Palmerston North was a virtual event using videoed performances from the regionals.

The competition was exceptionally tough, and while Isabella didn’t place, she represented Tāmaki Makaurau outstandingly. Westlake is very proud!

You can view Isabella’s amazing performances using the links below. Impromptu Speech Prepared speech