Victoria Shield

The Victoria Shield is an impromptu debating competition open to anyone in Wellington. It has been held annually since 1969. For a list of past winners, see here.

The tournament is run in Easters style (teams of two, a coin toss to determine topic and sides and then 5 minutes to prepare). Speaking times are 4-6 minutes with 2-3 minute summaries.

This year the tournament will be held on Thursday 29 September in the Student Union Building at Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn campus) from 6.30pm. It is a knock-out tournament, so once you lose, you are out. All the debates take place on the same evening. The winners receive, appropriately, the Victoria Shield, and prize money of $100.

To enter, please email [email protected] by Tuesday 27 September at 5pm. There is a team cap of 16. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is no cost to enter.

If you are interested in judging, please also email [email protected]

Junior Premier Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the following teams for making it through to the Junior Premier semi-finals:

  • St Mary’s College
  • Sacred Heart College
  • Hutt International Boys’ School
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate

The semi-finals are to be held on Wednesday 22 September, and St Mary’s and HIBS will be affirming “That we should farm endangered species.”



We have been receiving a few emails expressing confusion about how results are collected.  This post will hopefully clarify any issues people have been having.

First, if you are the coach of a team in Senior Premier A or Senior Premier B, do not worry about inputting results.  Results are collected and maintained by the convenors of these grades.  You do not need to send us the results.

Second, if you are  coach of a team in any of the other grades (Senior Certificate, Junior Premier, or Junior Certificate), then you need to fill out a results form, which is accessible here (the direct link is Both teams should fill out the form.  It is vitally important that you provide the team suffix – i.e., the “1” in “Wellington College 1,” otherwise we will not know which team from your school actually won.

Third, I am aware of one or two people who cannot access the results form.  If this applies to you, then you should email your results to [email protected].  I stress that this is only for those who cannot access the results form.

Fourth, in the future, I will make a greater effort to update the website with the results after rounds.  Hopefully we will be all up to date by the end of this week, and the points table can be posted.