HIBS wins Senior Certificate 2015

The Senior Certificate grade final for the Rennie Cup was held at Parliament on Thursday 10 September.

The topic was: That Western media should refuse to publish images of Mohammed

Hutt International Boys’ School affirmed the motion and Wellington East Girls’ negated.

The debate was a good one. HIBS were declared the victors in a unanimous decision, winning the Rennie Cup for the first time.

11990539_933370970043122_567247031696697196_nWinning HIBS team with Parliamentary host and President of the WSU, Chris Bishop MP

Stockley Cup and Dunsheath Plate 2015


Dunsheath 2015

Judy Haulahan and Seema Singh

Stockley 2015

Terena Federico and Judy

This years Stokley Cup and Dunsheath Plate were both held at Marsden last week.

With 20 speeches over the course of the night we had a great turn out and a terrific competition. As ever, speeches were very diverse, with topics ranging from international relations, to child care and, weather we all live inside the Matrix.

The winner of the Dunsheath Plate was Seema Singh (pictured) From Sacred Heart for ‘Two Arms, Two Legs.’ Second and third place went to Sophia Pope from Kapiti College and Pheonix Dingle from St Mary’s respectively.

This years Stockley Cup was awarded to Terena Federico (pictured) from St Catherine’s College for her speech ‘Reconstructing my Father.’ Special mention goes to runners up Natalie Shackleton from Sacred Heart, Mira Karunanidhi from Queen Margaret’s College and, Sam Porta from HIBS.

Wellington Speaking Union would like to extend a big thanks to Marsden for hosting and also to Judy Houlahan for judging the competition.

We hope to see you next year!


2015 Adjudication and Coaching Workshops

The 2015 Wellington Speaking Union Adjudication and Coaching Workshops are coming up! These are a great opportunity for all those involved in debating around Wellington to brush up on their skills with help from very experienced debaters.

The Adjudication Workshop run by Julia Wells will be held on Monday 9th March at 7pm at Hutt Valley High School. This is open to any students, teachers or supporters who are keen to learn more about adjudicating. We would highly recommend you attend this workshop. Good adjudicators are vital to the continued success of debating around Wellington so it would be great to have you along -whether that’s for you to learn the basics or get a valuable refresher!

The Coaching Workshop will be run by Udayan Mukherjee the following week, on Monday 16th March at 7pm at St Catherine’s College. This is also open to any students, teachers or other supporters who want to pick up some coaching tips ahead of the year’s debating.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Prem B Champions – Wellington East

On Tuesday the 23rd of September, at the Wellington City Council Chambers (101 Wakefield Street). Wellington East and Kapiti went head to head on the motion that “this house would legalise commercial surrogacy”.

In what was considered a close and excellent debate by the audience and judges alike, Wellington East managed to successfully affirm the motion and are the champions of Prem B for 2014.

Commiserations to Kapiti who narrowly lost the final after having lost only one other debate this year.

A special thanks to the judges, City council and everyone who came to watch.

Until next year!

Premier B Grand Final

I would like to start by congratulating both Wellington East Girls’ College and Kapiti College for winning their semi finals and making it to the grand final for 2014.

The grand final will take place on Tuesday the 23rd of September, at the Wellington City Council Chambers (101 Wakefield Street). Doors will open at 6:30pm and the debate will start at 7pm on the dot.

The motion for the final is “This house would legalise commercial surrogacy” – WEGC is affirming and Kapiti is negating.

I have seen both these teams in debates and can personally vouch that these two teams deserve to be in the final and their speakers are of a very high caliber – so it promises to be an excellent debate.

Everyone and anyone is invited to attend and I encourage as many of you to come as possible.

Also snacks will be provided (so come and get these if nothing else).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Junior Prem results for Round One

The team in bold won their first round debate.
Well done to all the speakers!

Round One
Affirmative                          Negative

Wellington High          St Catherine’s
Wellington Girls’            Queen Margaret
St Bernard’s                   Hutt International
St Oran’s                      Heretaunga
Scots College             Wellington College
Kapiti College             St Patrick’s Stream
Sacred Heart                Taita College
St Patrick’s Town           Wellington East
Bishop Viard                 Tawa College
Samuel Marsden       Onslow College
Hutt Valley High             BYE

Round Two

Results received so far – winning teams in bold (if there is no team in bold, the result for that debate has not yet been submitted):

Affirmative                          Negative

St Catherine’s                 Wellington Girls’
Queen Margaret                Scots College
Hutt International          St Oran’s
Heretaunga                     St Patrick’s Stream
Wellington College           Samuel Marsden
Sacred Heart                  St Bernard’s
Taita College                    Hutt Valley High
Wellington East                Bishop Viard
Tawa College                Kapiti College
Onslow College           St Patrick’s Town
Wellington High               BYE

Good luck to all teams and coaches for Round Three on Wednesday, May 21st. Get those results in asap!!

2014 Coaching Workshop

Last night, the Wellington Speaking Union hosted a workshop for new and returning coaches in the Wellington region. It was a very successful night, and thanks to all those who attended. A special thanks to Sarah Wilson and Nicola McFaull for hosting us, and to Chris Bishop and Stephen Whittington for running the workshop.


Chris and Steve have made available their presentation from last night, and you can find it here: The Wellington Speaking Union Coaching Guide


Watch out for more information about coaching and adjudication workshops later in the year.

Senior Prem B Draw for Round One

The draw for round one of Senior Prem B is available – this includes the motion, the side you will be debating, who is against whom,  the time and date. The venue is still to be confirmed.

Have fun preparing this motion and good luck to all!. See you all on Tuesday the 11th.

Round One

Date and time: Tuesday 11 March, 7 pm start (so be there 10 mins early)
Venue: Wellington East Girls’ College
Topic: “That NZ should ban films which fail the Bechdel test.”

Affirming the motion

Negating the motion

Nga Tawa 1 Wellington Girls’ College
Scots College Onslow
Wellington East Wellington College
Kapiti College Marsden
Paraparaumu College Chilton
Bishop Viard College Wellington High School
Sacred Heart St Pats Town
Taita College Heretaunga
Queen Margaret College Tawa College
St Mary’s College St Pats Silverstream
Hutt Valley High School HIBS
St Cath’s College Nga Tawa 2

2014 Adjudicator Workshop

Last night, the Wellington Speaking Union hosted a workshop for new and returning adjudicators in the Wellington region. It was a very successful night, and thanks to all those who attended. A special thanks to Kathy Ryan for hosting us and putting on a spread, and to Chris Bishop for running the workshop.


Chris has made available his presentation from last night, and you can find it here: WSU Adjudication Workshop 2014.


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week at the coaching workshop!

Senior Premier A 2014

Grand Final information:
Congratulations to Wellington Girls’ College and St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie for making the Grand Final​​ of Premier A for 2014. 
The Grand Final will be held on Tuesday 2 September, in the Banquet Hall of ParliamentThe debate will start at 7pm sharp, with doors open from 6.30pm.
The motion for the Grand Final is: This house supports the partition of Iraq into 3 states for the Kurdish, Sunni, and Shia peoples. St Patrick’s College will affirm, Wellington Girls’ College will negate.

All are encouraged to attend the final to support their favourite team, and watch what promises to be a top-quality debate. Anyone in the Wellington region who has an interest in attending this final are welcome to attend. Please forward this invitation on to all those you believe might be interested. 

For security purposes, all attendees need to submit their names to me by Monday 1 September in order to be allowed into Parliament. Please email me at [email protected] the names of attendees so that I can ensure they will have access to the final.

We look forward to seeing you all there.



Points table:


Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Scots College 1 1 1 1 1 5
Hutt International Boys’ School 1 0 1 1 1 4
St Patricks College Town 1 0 1 1 0 3
Wellington High school 1 1 1 0 0 3
Wellington East Girls’ College 0 1 1 1 0 3
Wellington Girls’ College 1 1 0 0 1 3
Wellington College 1 0 0 1 1 3
St. Bernard’s College 0 1 1 0 1 3
St Mary’s College 1 1 0 0 0 2
St Oran’s College 0 0 1 1 0 2
St Pats Silverstream 0 1 0 1 0 2
Hutt Valley High School 1 0 0 0 1 2
St Catherine’s College 0 1 0 0 1 2
Queen Margaret College 0 0 0 1 0 1
Sacred Heart College 0 0 1 0 0 1