About Us

The Wellington Speaking Union was formed in the very early years of the 20th Century and was known by the title “Wellington Federation of Debating and Speaking Clubs”. In its very early years it numbered many affiliations which have since lapsed, including many Church and social groups. In 1934 the name was changed to “The Wellington Speaking Union”.

The Wellington Speaking Union today organises competitions for debating and public speaking in Wellington. In particular, the WSU coordinates the five intercollegiate debating grades in Wellington.

The Executive for 2018

President: Ailidh Leslie
Treasurer: Christopher Bishop
Secretary: Maddy Nash

The WSU is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005: CC39674, and a registered incorporated society.

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