History of Best Speakers

History of Best Speakers 2020-08-27T05:03:34+00:00

The award of Best Speaker is the most prestigious prize presented at the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships. From 1988-2005 the Cup was known as the Consultus Cup, after an early sponsor of the Championships. The Cup was replaced and renamed in 2005 after Russell McVeagh, in recognition of their strong support of schools debating. Below is a list of all the previous winners:

The Russell McVeagh Cup
For the Best Speaker at the National Finals
New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships

2020: Isaac Mellis-Glynn, Auckland Grammar School
2019: Mitchell Palmer, Auckland Grammar School
2018: Nicholas Goodman, Hamilton Boys’ High School
2017: Samuel Penno, Hutt International Boys’ College
2016: Amy Spittal, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
2015: Shakked Noy, Wellington High School
2014: Lucy Ellingham, Kerikeri High School
2013: James Rankin, Westlake Boys’ High School
2012: Thomas Simpson, Hamilton Boys’ High School
2011: Thomas Simpson, Hamilton Boys’ High School
2010: Kieran Bunn, Logan Park High School
2009: Maria English, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
2008: Maria English, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
2007: Maria English, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
2006: Samuel Coldicutt, Kristin School
2005: Kathryn Scott-Dowell, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
2004: Stephen Whittington, Wellington College
2003: Laura Fraser, James Hargest High School
2002: Joe Connell, Wanganui Collegiate School
2001: Jonathan Orpin, King’s College
2000: Paul Paterson, St Kentigern College
1999: Jesse Wilson, Auckland Grammar School
1998: Chelsea Payne, Chilton St James School
1997: Anna Livesey, Wellington Girls’ College
1996: Anna Livesey, Wellington High School
1995: Catherine Adams, Christchurch Girls’ High School
1994: Hayden Ryan, St Bede’s College
1993: Ryan Orange, Palmerston North High School; Julianne Platt, Rangitoto College
1992: Sacha Judd, Takapuna Grammar School
1991: Alexandra Gillespie, Queen Margaret College; Richard Suhr, St Patrick’s College (Wellington)
1990: Richard Suhr, St Patrick’s College (Wellington)
1989: Simon Ladd, Auckland Grammar School
1988: Aaron Pedersen, Wanganui Collegiate School