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Since its establishment in 1988 the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has worked to promote debating in secondary schools around the country. The Council is responsible for the organisation of Regional Championships that are held throughout New Zealand each year. Teams are selected at each tournament to represent each region at the National Finals of the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships held annually in Wellington.

At the National Championships, the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team is selected to represent New Zealand at the World Schools’ Debating Championships. New Zealand has a proud record at “Worlds”, having won the tournament four times since 1988 (in 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2009).

The Council is very grateful for the generous ongoing support of Russell McVeagh, New Zealand’s leading law firm, who sponsor the Council’s activities

The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council (Inc)

Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM QSO DStJ, Governor-General of New Zealand

Executive Officers

President: Hamish Saunders
Vice President: Nicholas Cross
Treasurer: Richard D’Ath
Executive Officers: Tim Bain and Kayla Grant

Non-Executive Officers

Christopher Bishop
Kevin Moar
Pei Huang

Regional Convenors

Northland: Jesse Prendergast and Lucy Ellingham
Auckland: Lucy Harrison and Liam Rawlings
Waikato: Kayla Grant and Zachary Wong
Central North lsland:  Rhaz Solomon
Hawke’s Bay: Samuel O’Grady
Wellington: Jodie O’Neill and Maddy Nash
Kahurangi / Malborough: Georgina Lomax-Sawyers
Canterbury: Bill Dickermann
Otago / Southland: Joe Ascroft and Nick Robertson

Life Members

Rosemary Dixon
Alexandra Gillespie
Anna Livesey
Claire Ryan
Hayden Ryan
Dr. Andrew Stockley
Jeremy Johnson
Tim Stephens