Logan Park High School pupil Jacobi Kohu-Morris gives the
winning speech, titled "Poverty and Inequality", at the
Otago Schools Junior Speech Competition. Photo by Joe
Describing how poverty is New Zealand's "fastest-growing
industry" has won a Logan Park High School year 10 pupil the
Otago Schools Junior Speech Competition.
In his speech titled "Poverty and Inequality", Jacobi
Kohu-Morris said the gap between the wealthy and the poor was
increasing, and he offered several solutions to addressing
the problem, including raising the minimum wage, subsidising
housing, and free meals for pupils in decile 1-4 schools.
Competition co-adjudicator Jill Walker said the speech left
her hoping she would "live long enough to see him in
Jacobi also won the competition last year, and he is the only
pupil to have won it in two consecutive years.
He was one of 13 secondary school pupils from across Otago in
the competition at the King's and Queen's Performing Arts
Centre in Dunedin on Thursday.
Fiona Cannon (Columba College) was second with "Life Advice
from a Cereal Box", and third was Jino Kunnethedam (St
Kevin's College) with "Bullying".