"Māori are foreign to their own land."
That is the key message 15-year-old Aukaha Kakau-Dickson wants to get across as a finalist in the 2019 Ngā Manu Kōrero national secondary school speech competition.
Kakau-Dickson will represent Mātaatua at the competition with his moving speech spoken in full te reo.
The competition coincides with Te Wiki o te reo Maori or Maori Language Week, which this year has the theme of Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong'.
Maori Language Week aims to encourage New Zealanders to improve their skills in the language and use more