Both the primary and secondary school have regional competitions every 2 years and every other year are the national competitions. Joining the competitive Kapa Haka is not compulsory for students but encouraged as it helps strengthen the bond amongst the students.
All students present speeches in class. From these speeches ākonga are chosen to represent the whānau or pou by standing in front of the whole of the kura. It is compulsory for wharekura students to participate in Manu Kōrero in class. Students who do well at the school competition are then able to compete in the regionals and if successful then on to the national competition. Manu Kōrero also provides an opportunity for Wharekura students to earn credits towards NCEA.
Pūkōrero is the regional and national speech competition is organised by the Te Rōpū Wahine Māori Toko i te Ora (Māori Womens Welfare League Inc).