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!
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: twice been a semi-finalist at the National Prepared Intervarsity Debating Championships (2016, 2017); 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); won the Auckland National Intervarsity British Parliamentary Debating Championships (2016) where he was named the fifth best speaker; and won the North Island Novice Debating Championships (2014).
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 and judged the World University Debating champs in 2016. 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.
Christopher was the winner of the Premier A grade in 2001. He won the NZ Schools’ Debating Champs in 2000, and represented NZ at the World Schools’ Debating Champs in both Johannesburg, and Singapore.
At university, Christopher won the NZ Universities’ Impromptu Champs (2004 and 2005), Joynt Scroll (2003 and 2007), and the NZ British Parliamentary Debating Champs (2004, 2005 and 2007). He is one of only three people to win all three major NZ domestic tournaments, and the only person to complete the feat twice. He has also reached the Grand Final of the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Champs, where he was twice ranked as one of the best ten speakers of the tournament. He twice reached the octo-finals of the World Universities’ Debating Champs. In late 2007 he won the Cambridge Union Intervarsity tournament, the first time a NZ team had won a tournament in the UK.
Christopher has been adjudicating schools debating since 2003. He convened the Premier A grade in 2004 and 2005, and was the WSU President and Intercollegiate Convenor between 2007 and 2009. He was again the WSU president in 2015. He has been the Chief Adjudicator of the National Champs, coached the NZ Schools’ Debating Team, judged at the World Schools Debating Champs, and trained debaters in Qatar. He is a past President of the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society, and the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Association. In 2010 he adjudicated the Grand Final of the World University Debating Champs.
Christopher completed LLB (Hons) and BA degrees at Victoria University in 2008. He currently works as a member of Parliament for the National Party.
Richard was from Scots College. At School he was the winner of the Premier A grade in 2006, and also won the Suffrage Cup. He was a runner-up at the NZ Schools’ Debating Champs in 2006, and named as a member of the NZ Schools’ Debating Team.
At university, Richard is one of only a few people to win the NZ Universities’ Impromptu Champs three times (2008, 2009 and 2010). In all three years he was named as a member of the NZ Universities’ Debating Team and was the best speaker of the competition in 2009 and 2010. He was a runner up at Joynt Scroll, the national prepared debating champs, in 2011 and won the tournament in 2010. In 2008 he was a runner-up at the NZ British Parliamentary Debating Champs, and a winner in 2012 and 2014 and has been 2nd best speaker four times. He was a semi finalist at Australs in 2010 and 2012 and won Australs in 2011. On top of all that he was a top 10 speaker at Australs, won the World Invitational Peace Debating Champs. He has also been a quarter finalist at the World Intervarsity Debating Championships.
As an adjudicator he has been the chief adjudicator at nearly every New Zealand tournament and has also judged a quarter final at the World Debating Champs and the Australiasian Debating Champs.
Richard is currently the lead policy advisor at the Ministry of Social Development.
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), twice a semi-finalist at the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating CHampionships (2015, 2016), and a semi-finalist at the Auckland Intervarsity Debating Championship (2016).
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). 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/BA.
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 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.
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 British Parliamentary Debating Champs in 2015 and was the best speaker of the final, and received a promising speaker award at the National Intervaristy Impromptu Debating Champs. She has also won the New Zealand Initiative Intervarsity Debating Championships (2017) and been selected to debate at the Australasian Womens Debating Championships.
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 will be again in 2018.
Ailidh is currently studying towards a BSc at Victoria University.
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 will be in 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 made two semi-finals of the National Intervarsity Prepared Debating Championships (2014 and 2016) and was runners-up in 2017. At the National Intervarsity Impromptu Debating Championships she was a runner-up in 2016 and won the competition in 2017. At that competition she has been named the best speaker (2017) and a member of the New Zealand impromptu debating team twice (2016, 2017). She has also been a finalist at the New Zealand British Parliamentary Debating Championships and was selected to represent Victoria at the World University Debating Championships.
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. 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.
Kimberly is a past president of Victoria Debating Society (2015). She is an incredibly accomplished debater, having been a semi finalist at the North Island Novice Debating Champs and receiving best speaker at the tournament, Winning the Victoria Debating Championship, making a semi final at the National Prepared Debating Championship and also an Octo Final at the World Debating Championship.
She accredited in 2015 and has judged at the New Zealand Schools debating Championship, the North Island Novice debating championship and also many other schools level tournaments.
She recently finished her honours in her BSc and having received A Rhodes Scholarship will be studying her Masters at Oxford University.
Seb competed in the Premier A grade in 2005. At university, Seb is one of only a few people to simultaneously hold the titles for the NZ Universities’ Impromptu Debating Champs (2009, 2010) and Joynt Scroll (2008, 2009). He was named as the Captain of the NZ Universities’ Impromptu Debating Team in 2009, first reserve to that same team in 2010, and won highly commended awards at Joynt Scroll in 2008 and 2009. He has debated for Victoria at the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Australasian Debating Champs. In 2010 he was a semi-finalist and name the 7th best speaker. He also competed at the 2010 World Debating Champs, where he was ranked as the 18th best speaker in the world.
Seb is an experienced adjudicator, having judged at the World Universities’ Debating Champs and at a variety of NZ tournaments. In 2009 Seb co-coached a Wellington team to the Grand Final of the NZ Schools Debating Champs. He has convened the Premier B grade twice and is the 2010 Premier A convenor. He is the current President of the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society.
Seb is currently a solicitor at Chapman Trip.