Adjudicators

Wellington has some of the best adjudicators in the country, many of them former winners of the Premier A competition, the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships, and who have gone to achieve amazing things in university debating. Below you’ll find profiles of some of the judges you’ll run into this year in the Premier A and B grades. Feel free to approach them, they’re nice and friendly!

 

Ailidh Leslie

In 2012 Ailidh was a runner up in the Premier B debating Competition. Since then she has gone from success to success. In 2013 she was the winner of the Wellington Regional Debating Champs, the Senior Premier A division, named a member of a Wellington regional team, won the Schools National Debating Champs and named captain of the schools national team.

At University she has:

  • Been a semi finalist of the North Island Novice Debating Champs in 2014;
  • Won the Victoria internal British Parliamentary Debating Champs and was the best speaker of the final (2015, 2018);
  • Been a Member of Victoria’s top team and received a promising speaker award at the New Zealand Intervaristy Impromptu Debating Champs (2016);
  • Won the New Zealand Initiative Intervarsity Debating Championships (2017);
  • Been a semi-finalist at WSU’s Victoria Shield (2017);
  • Runners-up and 2nd best Speaker at Parliamentary Shield (2017);
  • Runners-up and best speaker of Victoria internal British Parliamentary Debating Champs (2017);
  • Two time Semi-Finalist of New Zealand Intervaristy Impromptu Debating Champs (2017, 2018) and the second best speaker at the tournament (2018);
  • Been a top 10 speaker at Auckland British Parliamentary Debating Championships (2017, 2018)
  • Won New Zealand W*mens Debating Championships and was the 2nd best speaker (2018);
  • Runners-up and best speaker of WSU’s Victoria Shield (2018);
  • Won Joynt Scroll (the National Prepared Debating Championship) and been a highly commended speaker (2018);
  • Been a Quarter Finalist at the Australasian Womens Intervarsity Debating Champs (2018);
  • Been Runners-Up and a top 10 speaker at the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating Champs (2018).

She is also heavily involved with Wellington Speaking Union, having been the Intercollegiate Convenor in 2015, 2016, 2017 and the president in 2018. On top of this, she has been the Equity Offcier on the Executive Committee of the Victoria Debating Society in 2017 and 2018.

Ailidh is currently studying towards a BSc at Victoria University.

 

Maddy Nash

Maddy is a former president of the Victoria Debating Society (2016). She has been on the executive committee of the Victroia Debating Society in 2015, 2017 and 2018 too. Regarding Wellington Speaking Union, Maddy has been the secretary in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She also represents the Wellington region on the New Zealand Schools Debating Council. She hails from Wellington and has done exceptionally well throughout her debating career.

At high school she won nationals and was on the New Zealand Schools debating team in 2013. At University she has:

  • Been runners-up (2016, 2018) and Best speaker of the Final at Victoria Internal British Parliamentary Championships (2016);
  • Runners-up at Victoria Shield (2017);
  • Winner of Parliamentary Shield and Best Speaker (2017); 3rd best speaker in 2018.
  • Made two semi-finals of the National Intervarsity Prepared Debating Championships (2014, 2016)
  • Twice been the runners-up at the National Intervarsity Prepared Debating Championship (2017, 2018) and was a top 5 speaker at both of those tournaments.
  • Twice been runners-up at the National Intervarsity Impromptu Debating Championships (2016, 2018) and won it in 2017. She has also twice been a best speaker at the tournament (2017, 2018) and was the second best speaker in 2016.
  • Twice been runners-up of the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating Championships (2016, 2018) a semi-finalist once (2017). She has also been a top 10 speaker three times (2016, 2017, and 2018).
  • Twice been Runners-up at the Australasian Womens Intervarsity Debating Championships (2015, 2018);
  • Been a Semi-Finalist at the Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championships and top 10 speaker (2018);
  • Been an Octo Finalist at the World University Debating Championships (2018);

Maddy accredited after only two rounds at Thropy in 2016 and has judged various schools debating tournaments. She was also the chief adjudicator of the North Island Novice Debating Championships in 2017. She has also been the co-chief adjudicator of New Zealand W*mens Debating Championships. Moreover, she judged the grand final of the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in 2018. Moreover, she has coached a Wellington schools regional team every year since 2014 and coached her team to winning the national schools tournament in 2016.

Maddy is currently at Victoria University of Wellington studying towards a conjoint LLB(hons) and Bachelor of Commerce.

 

Oscar Battell-Wallace

Oscar was the runner up in the Premier B grade in 2011 representing Wellington High School. From there his debating career has continued to progress. At University, he has:

  • Won the north Island Novice Debating Championships (2014) and was the fourth best speaker;
  • Runners-Up of the Victoria Internal British Parliamentary Championships (2014);
  • twice been a semi-finalist at the National Prepared Intervarsity Debating Championships (2016, 2017);
  • Won the National Prepared Intervarsity Debating Championships and been a highly commended speaker (2018);
  • Been an octo-finalist at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Champs where he was named the 17th best speaker and the best speaker in New Zealand (2017);
  • Been a Partial Double Octo Finalist at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Champs (2018);
  • Won the Auckland National Intervarsity British Parliamentary Debating Championships (2016) where he was named the fifth best speaker;
  • Runners-Up and 2nd best speaker of Parliamentary Shield (2017);
  • Runners-Up and top 10 speaker at the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating Champs (2018).

He is also an accomplished judge. He accredited in his first year and went on that year to judge a semi final of the New Zealand British Parliamentary Championship. He also was the chief adjudicator of the Victoria Pro Am debating champs in 2015, the chief adjudicator of the North Island Novice Debating Champs in 2016, the chief adjudicator of Victoria Shield in 2018, and a deputy chief adjudicator at the New Zealand Intervarsity Impromptu Debating Championships in 2018. He has also been ranked as a top judge at the Auckland British Parliamentary Debating Champs in 2015 and 2017. He ran the Premier B debating competition in 2014 and 2015, the Premier A debating Competition in 2016, 2017 and will be running it again in 2018.

As well as all this, Oscar was on the committee of the Victoria Debating Society from 2014-2016, where he has been a general executive member (2014), the Vice President (2015) and the Secretary (2016). He is currently studying towards a conjoint LLB(hons)/BA majoring in politics.

 

Siobhan Davies

Siobhan is originally from Wellington, having attended Wellington Girls College. As a debater she has been very successful, having been an octo-finalist at the Australasian Intervarsity debating Championship (2017) and a Partial Double Octo Finalist in 2018, three times a semi-finalist at the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating Championships (2015, 2016, 2018), and a semi-finalist (2017), runners-up (2018) and top ten speaker (2018) at the Auckland Intervarsity Debating Championship.

As an adjudicator Siobhan accredited in her second year. She has judged numerous high school level tournaments and was named as one of the top adjudicators at the New Zealand Prepared Debating Championships (2017, 2018) She has also been the Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the New Zealand Impromptu Debating Championships in 2018. She has also coached the Hawkes Bay Regional Team in 2017.

Whilst doing all of this, Siobhan has run the Senior Certificate Grade (2017) and been the secretary of the Victoria Debating Society (2017) .

She is currently studying towards a conjoint LLB (Hons)/BA.

 

Scott Fletcher

Scott comes from a Wellington background. He originally attended Wellington College and after coming to University quickly impressed by being a runners up at both the Victoria Internal Debating Championship and also the Victoria Internal British Parliamentary Debating championship. On top of this he has debated at the National prepared debating champs, the national impromptu debating champs and the Australasian debating champs. He was elected to the committee of the Victoria debating in 2014 where he was a general executive member and was then the secretary in 2015. He has also been the secretary of the New Zealand University Debating Council for 2016, and President of the council in 2017 and 2018.

As a judge, Scott accredited in 2015 and went on to judge a semi final of the New Zealand prepared debating champs. In 2016 he judged the World University Debating champs, the Schools National Debating Champs, a semi final of the National Impromptu Debating Champs and was a deputy Chief Adjudicator at the National Intervarsity Prepared Debating Champs.

Scott has recently completed a conjoint LLB (Honours)/BA and will be clerking at the Court of Appeal.

 

Tamara Jenkin

Tamara was on the Wellington Regional team in 2013 and made it to the semi finals. She was also a semi finalist in the Premier A grade that year. At university she has: been the runner-ups of the National Prepared Debating Championships; made the semi-finals of the Auckland Intervaristy British Parlimaentary Debating Championships (2016); and has been selected to represent Victoria at the World University Debating Championships, Australasian Womens Debating Champs, and the Australasian Debating Championships.

She has been on the committee for Victoria Debating society since 2014 where she has been the first year representative, a general executive member, and the equity officer. On top of this has run the Senior Premier B grade in 2016, 2017 and will be doing so again in 2018.

She is currently studying towards a BA/LLB (hons) majoring in Political Science and International Relations.