Feb 25, 2019

United Nations Association of NZ Speech Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • New Zealand
Multiple Competition Skill Building Other


UNA NZ runs an annual high school speech competition, involving schools across New Zealand on major UN related issues. It has become one of the highlights of our year, and cumulates in the regional branch winners being funded to attend our National Conference, to compete on a national level.

The goal of this competition is to promote the goals of the UN through the creation and delivery of a speech competition. Speeches are to be 6-8 minutes in length. All New Zealand secondary school students are eligible to enter. Speech finalists will be filmed and placed on the UNA NZ website. The semi-finals leading up to the national finals are organised in main centres, including: Auckland, Tauranga, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.

For more information visit the official website here.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Any high school student enrolled at a secondary school in New Zealand are eligible to compete in this competition.

Participation Cost


There are no associated costs with competing in this competition.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


There are no prerequisite skill sets needed to enter. However, in order to make it into the national finals, participants must be prepared, speak with confidence, and have researched well into the assigned speech topic.

Time Commitment


The amount of time dedicated to the preparation towards this speech competition is at the own participant's discretion. The speech itself must be 6-8 minutes in length.

Application Deadline

The 2020 UNA NZ Speech Competition dates are TBA.

Application Process Includes

In order to participate in this competition, an online entry form should be completed by the supervising teacher of the student(s) wishing to enter.

Refer to the competition website for more information.

The 2020 Speech Awards are now open for registration at http://bit.ly/UNAofNZSpeechAward2020 

Regional finals will be held in late March/early April and the National Final will be held in Wellington on Friday 8 May 2020.