The first ever New Zealand Schools’ British Parliamentary Championships were held from the 29th – 30th at University of Auckland.
Fourty teams from schools in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Wellington, Kahurangi/Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago/Southland took part in the competition.
Teams competed in six preliminary round debates on the Saturday and Sunday. In the preliminary rounds the teams debated the following topics:
• This house believes that people should be required to obtain a parenting licence in order to have children.
• This house believes that all states should have a right to nuclear weapons.
• This house believes that Governments should prioritise urban development over assistance for regional areas.
• This house regrets the emphasis on personality in politics
• This house believes that when prisoners perform labour on public works, they should be entitled to the same rights as all workers (e.g. work is voluntary, receive minimum wage)
• This house would allow the public to elect US Supreme Court justices directly.
After the six preliminary rounds, the top eight teams were:
Auckland Grammar 1 (Auckland region)
Hamilton Boys (Waikato region)
Kristin (Auckland region)
Otago Girls (Otago-Southland region)
Newlands (Wellington region)
Columba (Otago-Southland region)
Westlake Boys (Auckland region)
St Andrews (Canterbury region)
The motion for the semi-finals was: “This house regrets the norm of monogamy. Progressing to the Grand Final was Hamilton Boys, Otago Girls, Columba and St Andrews.
We were delighted to have Dan Bidois, MP for Northcote, attend the Grand Final. The motion for the final was that “this house believes that artists (e.g. authors, film writers or directors) should not provide commentary on the interpretation of their art.” Columba College was declared the winner of the Grand Final.
The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council is grateful to everyone who contributed to making the Championships such a memorable weekend – adjudicators, coaches, chairpeople, and chief adjudicators Hamish Saunders and Nick Cross and convener Zachary Wong.
Here are the full list of results from NZ Schools’ British Parliamentary Championships 2018:
Lydia Joseph and Bridget Scott (Columba College)
Nicholas Goodman and Henry Yao (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Maita Mackenzie and Sabrina Swerdloff (Otago Girls’ High School)
Megan Blackwood and Meg Longley (St Andrew’s College)
Issac Mellis-Glynn (Auckland Grammar School)
Henry Yao (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Most Promising Speaker:
Mitchell Palmer (Auckland Grammar School)
2018 New Zealand Schools’ BP Best Speaker:
David Zhu (Auckland Grammar School)
2018 New Zealand Schools’ BP Top Ten Speakers:
1st: David Zhu (Auckland Grammar School)
2nd: Mitchell Palmer (Auckland Grammar School)
3rd: Nicholas Goodman (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
4th: William Price (Westlake Boys’ High School)
5th=: Sabrina Swerdloff (Otago Girls’ High School)
5th=: Matthis Bitton (Kristin School)
7th: Peter Lang (Scots College)
8th: Bridget Scott (Columba College)
9th: Lydia Joseph (Columba College)
10th: Dominic Beaton (St John’s College)