Yesterday for the first time, the Mataatua Manu Kōrero regionals were held in the region of Te Whānau a Apanui.

One of the many students who took to the stage is Maharaia Waaka, the son of a former champion Tamati Waaka.

He represented his school, Tauranga Boys' College.

Other than that, organisers of this year's event are glad that the kaupapa has graced the tribal region of Te Whānau-a-Apanui. 

It's hoped that these types of events will continue to return to the Eastern Bay of Plenty.