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DOMESTIC TOURNAMENTS

NZWGM

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2023 Dates: 3rd-5th of February 

2023 Location: Hamilton

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Speech Length: 6 minutes
Speakers: 3 per team
Points of Information: Are allowed

New Zealand Women and Gender Minorities tournament is a pro-am tournament for non-cis men in debating. WGM of all debating experiences are welcome to attend - contact us for more details! 

Keep an eye on your emails and on our Facebook page to be a part of a team!

Thropy

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2023 Dates: 5th-7th of May 

2023 Location: Hamilton

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Speech Length: 6 minutes
Speakers: 3 per team
Points of Information: Are allowed

Thropy is an amateur debating tournament held in Palmerston North.  You’re not eligible to debate at Thropy if you’ve debated at Thropy and one or more of Joynt Scroll, Easters/Officer's Cup, Australs or Worlds (or two of Joynt Scroll, Easters, Australs or Worlds). If you’ve only debated at Thropy and NZBP, no matter how many times you have done so, you are still eligible to debate at this Thropy.

The Society won thropy in 2023, 2022, 2020 & 2019!

Thropy is going to be epic.  If you’re a beginner debater, it’s the perfect way to improve your skills; if you’re in debating for the social side of things, it’s a weekend full of drinking and meeting new people.  

Keep an eye on your emails and on our Facebook page to be a part of a team!

Lily Chalmers

First-Year

Representative

Officer's Cup 2022

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2023 Trials: Sunday 23rd of July 

2022 Dates: 25th-29th of August

2022 Location: Auckland

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Speech Length: 6 minutes

Speakers: 2 per team

Points of Information: are not allowed.

Previously known as Easters, this tournament pits teams of two speakers against one another with only five minutes to prepare. Not surprisingly it has become known as a fast-paced and exciting start to the year.

The Society won the tournament in 2022, 2021, 2020 and an Auckland team were finalists in 2017.

Officer's Cup

Joynt Scroll

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2023 Trials: 6th March
2023 Dates: Easter Weekend

2023 Location: Christchurch
 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Speech Length: 8 minutes
Speakers: 3 per team
Points of information: are allowed

Joynt Scroll is the most prestigious of the national debating tournaments, having been contested since its inception in 1902. It consists of two teams of three speaking for 8 minutes in a format similar to Australs, but with POIs. It is well known as a tournament with complex and interesting debates.

The Society has won the Joynt Scroll in 1910, 1920, 1930, 1936, 1956, 1957, 1973,  1974, 1975, 1989, 1995, 2005, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, and 2023. 

2022 Trials: None; the tournament is open entry.
2022 Dates: TBD
2022 Location: Victoria University of Wellington

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Speech Length: 7 minutes
Speakers: 2 per team
Points of information are allowed.

The tournament was established in 2004 by the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society, with the aim of further exposing New Zealand debaters and adjudicators to the British Parliamentary style used at the World Championship.

Held at the end of the second semester, the tournament provides valuable practice for New Zealand teams attending Worlds.

The British Parliamentary style of debating involves four teams; opening and closing teams for government and opposition sides. BP is open to any speakers, even those no longer at university, and traditionally attracts the very best that New Zealand (and on occasion international campuses) has to offer.

Give it a go! If you’re keen, email us at exec@debating.co.nz with your partner’s name; if you can’t find a partner we’re happy to help out.

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NZBP

Auckland IV

2023 Trials: None; the tournament is open entry.
2023 Dates: TBD
2023 Location: University of Auckland

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Speech Length: 7 minutes
Speakers: 2 per team
Points of information are allowed.

Auckland IV is an open entry tournament held in December in Auckland. It is done in BP style and is a great tournament for those looking to get more experience. What's more, the tournament is free!

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