NZ closed off the preliminary rounds of Worlds today by winning their last two debates against Slovakia and Indonesia. They finish the preliminary rounds with a 8 from 8 record, having dropped only one judge (in round one). This should mean they break 1st or 2nd into the octo-finals, and will face either the 16th of 15th ranked team.
The 2008 team is the first since the 2001 NZ team (at Singapore Worlds 2002) to win all 8 preliminary debates. Hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen to them though in the octo-finals!
The very best of luck to the team for their octo-final!