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.

If you are looking for contact details for adjudicators for the Senior Certificate and Junior Certificate grades for 2020 you can find these here.

If you are looking for information on how to get a WSU Service Award for a student adjudicator, you can find this here.  Students need to fill at the form found at the link for each debate they judge and then scan/photograph the form and email it to [email protected] by 1 August in the year they want to achieve an award.  To achieve a Bronze award one needs to adjudicate three debates across any grade, for a Silver award one needs to adjudicate four debates across any grade and for a Gold award one needs to adjudicate five or more debates across any grade.

Below you’ll also find profiles of some of the judges you’ll run into this year in the Premier A and B, and Junior Premier, grades. Feel free to approach them, they’re nice and friendly!

Brooke Kinajil-Moran

Brooke is currently studying towards an LLB/BA (Development Studies and Economics) at Victoria University.  She is the President of the Victoria University Debating Society and convenes the Premier A grade for the Wellington Speaking Union in 2020.

Among other achievement Brooke has:

  • Been a finalist of the New Zealand Wom*n’s Debating Championships in 2018;
  • Won the McLeod Trophy and been third ranked speaker at the North Island Novice Debating Championships in 2018; and
  • Been a finalist at the New Zealand Sports Debating Tournament in 2019.

Sam Penno

Sam is currently studying towards a LLB/BSc (Physics) at Victoria University and is convening the Premier B debating grade in 2020.

Among other achievement Sam has:

  • Won the McLeod Trophy and been third ranked speaker at the North Island Novice Debating Championships in 2018;
  • Won the Auckland IV and been the fourth ranked speaker in 2018; and
  • Been a semi-finalist at the New Zealand Prepared Debating Championships (Joynt Scroll) 2019;
  • Been a semi-finalist at the Australasian Intervaristy Debating Championships; and
  • Been the winner of the New Zealand Impromptu Debating Championships (Officer’s Cup) 2019.