The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has been promoting and coordinating debating in Aotearoa New Zealand’s secondary schools since 1988. Every year, hundreds of students take part in our competitions and events. We also are responsible for selecting, coaching, and supporting the New Zealand Schools Debating team which competes at the annual World Schools Debating Championships.

Our activities are made possible by the generous and ongoing support of New Zealand’s leading law firm, Russell McVeagh.


Entries for the 2017 Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships Regional Finals are now open!  The details for each Regionals are as follows:

Date and Location: 19 March at TBC
Convenors: Lucy Ellingham and Jesse Prendergast
Address: 12 Westmoreland Street East, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 021 029 25711
Deadline for Entries: 10 March

Date and Location: 25/26 March at Diocesan School for Girls
Convenors: Lucy Harrison and Liam Rawlings
Address: 23 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1024
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 027 345 4545
Deadline for Entries: 17 March

Date and Location: 11 March at University of Waikato
Convenors: Kayla Grant and Zachary Wong
Address: 79 Lincoln Street, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 027 810 9771
Deadline for Entries: 3 March

Central North Island
Date and Location: 11/12 March at TBC
Convenors Rhaz Solomon
Address: 5C 3 Church St, Wellington Central, Wellington
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 027 845 2604
Deadline for Entries: 3 March

Hawke’s Bay
Date and Location: 18/19 March at Sacred Heart College
Convenor: Sam O’Grady
Address: 8c, 59 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 027 923 1687
Deadline for Entries: 10 March

Date and Location: 25/26 March at TBC
Convenors: Maddy Nash and Jodie O’Neill
Address: 11 Matai St, Lower Hutt 5010
Email: [email protected]: 027 848 4531
Deadline for Entries: 17 March

Date and Location: 25 February at Nelson College for Girls
Convenor: Georgina Lomax-Sawyers
Address: 347 Utopia Road, Westport 7892
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 027 587 7029
Deadline for Entries: 17 February

Date and Location: 4/5 March at University of Canterbury
Convenor: Bill Dickermann
Address: 36 Royston Common, West Melton 7618
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 027 772 2417
Deadline for Entries: 24 February

Date and Location: 11/12 March at University College of Education
Convenors: Nick Robertson and Joe Ascroft
Address: 44 Cemetery Road, East Taeri, Dunedin 9024
Email: [email protected] : Phone: 022 328 7072
Deadline for Entries: 3 March

You can sign up for your closest Regionals by filling out the form below or by emailing the relevant convenor.