The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has a long and rich history, going back to 1988. Each year hundreds of debaters, coaches, and adjudicators are involved in our nine regional championships, the National Finals, and in sending the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team to the World Schools Debating Championships. Much of that history is gathered here on this website.

History of the New Zealand Team

At the National Finals of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships, the five best debaters are selected as the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team. The New Zealand Team then travel to the World Schools’ Debating Championships.

The New Zealand Team has won Worlds four times: in 1991, 1992, 1995, and 2009.  The team were also runners-up in 2008.

History of Nationals

Since its establishment in 1988 the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has organised the annual National Finals of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships . Click on the links below to find out about the history of the National Finals held each year in Wellington.

History of Regionals

Each year the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council organises regional debating tournaments across the country in the following regions:

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: