Te Wehi Preston competed in 2008 where he finished third in category of the National Manu Korero Championships.
A fluent speaker from Tuhoe living in Rotorua he shared his thoughts on the changes in attitude since his days where kauhau had an element of humour and empty hands in all categories a component taught by the elders.
Today’s student of the manu korero appear be more serious and often hold a item such as a tokotoko or club for re-inforcement.
The main aspect for Te Wehi Preston is the life span of the Maori language. He teaches his children his language every day and it is up to each family to ensure the Maori language stays alive. Manu Korero is part of the process to preserve our language, but the sustainability of the Maori language remains with each individual and family.