The Northland Regional Debating Competition was held on the 28 February at Kerikeri High School.  9 teams travelled from around Northland to attend.

This year’s tournament was very high quality, with three preliminary rounds on topics such as imposing a sugar tax, and the media’s focus on the private lives of politicians. Following these three debates, Huanui 1 and Kerikeri High School 1 progressed to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final topic was “that major film and television awards should have racial quotas for nominating non-white actors.” Congratulations to Kerikeri 1 for successfully affirming the motion and taking out the competition.

A big thank you to the judges who made the long trek to Kerikeri and teachers who gave up their day for the tournament, and to Kerikeri High School who generously provided the venue.

Winners: Kerikeri High School

Runners-Up: Huanui College

Best Speaker:
Aimee Leaming (Kerikeri High School)

Russell McVeagh Northland Regional Schools’ Debating Team:
Aimee Leaming (Kerikeri High School)
Ella Short (Huanui College)
Laila Abada (Kerikeri College)

Reserve to the Russell McVeagh Northland Regional Schools’ Debating Team:
Ella Rankin (Huanui College)