The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has been promoting and coordinating debating in New Zealand’s secondary schools since 1988. Every year, hundreds of students take part in our competitions and events. The Council is responsible for the organization of two competitions: Regional Championships that are held throughout New Zealand and the National Finals held in Wellington.
Competing in debating is a great way for students to gain valuable communication, teamwork, and logical thinking skills while meeting new people from across the country. Students compete in teams of three and take either the affirmative or the negative side of a topic. Two teams debate the given topic through a series of speeches where each team presents their own arguments and rebuts their opponent's arguments. At the end of the round, judges choose a winner.
Students who want to participate should join their school's team.
For more information visit the official website here.
Anyone can join.
Open to beginners
Register with you school.