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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 New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships held annually in Wellington.

At the National Championships, the 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 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: Georgie Lomax-Sawyers
Treasurer: Richard D’Ath
Executive Officers: Liam Rawlings and Piper Whitehead

Non-Executive Officers

Christopher Bishop
Pei Huang

Regional Convenors

Northland: Arun Prakash and Lucy Ellingham
Auckland: Lucy Harrison and Liam Rawlings
Waikato: Umbar Sandhu
Bay of Plenty: Josh Baxter and Zac Wong
Central North lsland:  Alistair Hughes
Hawke’s Bay: Samuel O’Grady
Wellington: Shakked Noy and Maddy Nash
Kahurangi / Malborough: Georgina Lomax-Sawyers and Amy Spittal
Canterbury: Bill Dickermann
Otago / Southland: Emily Williams and Nick Robertson

Life Members

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

History of the Council

Neither the National nor Regional Championships would occur without the effort of the many volunteers who have given freely of their time to organise debating in New Zealand since 1988. For information on previous Councils, and on those who have convened Regional Championships in the past, please follow these links: