These are the Tairāwhiti regional heats of the annual Race Unity Speech Awards.One-hundred-and-twenty students from across the country will take part in this year’s Race Unity Speech
These are the Tairāwhiti regional heats of the annual Race Unity Speech Awards.
One-hundred-and-twenty students from across the country will take part in this year’s Race Unity Speech Awards.
Last year’s national final winner, Gisborne’s Mairangi Campbell, is returning to present in this year’s awards.
Students are required to talk about Ngā Matimati nō te Ringa Kotahi – The Fingers of One Hand.
“It means the wellbeing and progress of humanity is inextricably linked like the fingers of one hand, which is the theme of this year’s speeches,” Bahá’í community spokesperson Jocelyn Anderson said.
“We need mutual support and cooperation, not just among different groups of people, but between individuals, communities and the institutions of our society.”
It is the 22nd year of the awards organised by the New Zealand Baha’i Community with support from NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission, the Ministry for Ethnic Communities and many other sponsors.
“It’s always exciting to see new students taking up the challenge,” Tairāwhiti regional coordinator Maxine Maurirere said.
“ I’m really looking forward to hearing the new ideas, experiences and insights shared by young people at this year’s Regionals.”
Regional winners will go on to the national semifinals in Auckland on June 25th. If successful at that level, they advance to the National final the following day.
The New Zealand Police national champion is awarded $1000 and another $1000 goes to their school.
Seven other sponsors provide awards of $500.
Adapted from Gisborne Herald, May 10th.
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Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í of Gisborne DistricThe Bahá'í Faith has no clergy. The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'í of Gisborne, first established in 1972, is an elected body of nine local Bahá'í is serving the needs of the Bahá'í Community in the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti District and offering to the general public the opportunity to learn more about Bahá'í beliefs and teachings.