The Society meets every Thursday night at university (we send out a weekly email to our members with details for what is happening each week). Each semester, Thursdays will be occupied by either scheduled rounds of the Horton Cup (Semester One)/ Log O' Johnston (Semester Two) internal tournaments or some of the other public debates and social events that are held by the society (for example, pub quiz or the comedy backwards debate).
The Horton Cup is an open entry tournament conducted in teams of three, and is held in the Australs style.
Log O' Johnston is an open entry tournament conducted in teams of two, and is held in the British Parliamentary style.
On Thursday nights we ask everyone who wants to debate or learn how to adjudicate to put their names down on a bit of paper and we will organise debates for everyone. If you don't want to debate we do seminars during the first few weeks of semester in which you can learn how to debate. We also run development sessions so if you are especially keen, keep a look at your emails and our Facebook page for updates!
This development programme is a pathway for less experienced debaters to learn the techniques and skills to be competitive for selection to attend national and international tournaments.
Our 2018 development programme has two elements:
The first is our ‘how to debate’ seminars. These help new debaters gain the skills that will allow them to take part in club nights.
The second is our development sessions. In 2018 these will be run prior to club night (on a Thursday night), before participants take part in club nights. These are for novice debaters who want to gain more skills.
Auckland Novice Tournament
Have you dabbled in debating before? Done some debating at school? Never debated before and keen to get amongst it? Then this is the tournament for you! The Saunders Shield is our new tournament for new and novice debaters and it's going to be a fun time!
If you're a new debater the day will kick off with a 'How to Debate' seminar and then 2 rounds of debating. If you're a novice debater, there will be 3 rounds of debating. The day will conclude with the best two teams battling it out to win the Saunders Shield.
Think the Debating Society just makes you DO debates? Not at all! If Debating is the kind of thing you prefer to watch then you are in the right club.
Each year the Debsoc hosts a number of fascinating and informative debates, featuring some of the best debaters on campus alongside some great personalities in the community.
In 2017 we hosted the first Election Debate of the year which was full of drama! Stay tuned for similar events in 2018.
If debating isn’t exactly your cup of tea, don’t be alarmed! Each year the Debating Society hosts the University of Auckland Oratory Competition.
This competition focuses on speech-making. Contestants give a short speech on any topic of their choice, to a panel of Celebrity Judges who pick the winner based on style, structure and content.
If you want a chance to show your Oratory skills, and have something engaging you want to give a speech about, then pay attention to our weekly emails and we will let you know how to enter.
The event is always entertaining, informative and a great opportunity to showcase the talent within the Society that isn’t brought to the fore each week. Stay tuned for more information.
Previous winners of the Oratory Shield:
2017 - Fintan Walsh
2016 - Jen Muhl
2015 - Daniel Maier-Gant
2014 - Matt Bartlett
2013 - Sebastian Hartley
2012 - Jodi Johnston
Almost as much as we like to debate, the Debsoc loves to socialise just as much (if not more in many cases)! How can you take the edge of University alongside your favourite club?!
Why, every week of course!
First things first – a massive part of debating is the socialising we partake in every Thursday night. After debating at the Clock-tower and Law School, the Debsoc to our local – Shadows. There we take advantage of some awesome drinks deals, and close proximity to some awesome food joints (Sal’s Pizza anyone?).
If you’ve had a hard week, keen to get some feedback after your debate, or just want to use a good hangover as an excuse for missing Friday lectures, this is the place to be. Come and join us!
Thropy – The party that spans an entire weekend!
Each year the debaters of Auckland and Wellington invade an unsuspecting small town to debate, party and generally let the good times roll. This year we will be road-tripping down to Hamilton. It is a unique opportunity for first year debaters to compete in an informal environment, an exclusively novice tournament with great topics and the opportunity to debate the talent from Wellington and Waikato. More importantly, every night of the weekend, the party ensues. If this sounds like your cup of tea, flick us an email. Its fun for new and old debaters alike!
An event that speaks for itself – take a break from debating, join us for a hand-crafted pub quiz and show your skills! Along with an awesome prize to be had! A can’t miss event for everyone in the Debsoc.
End of Semester Dinner
Following the final of the Horton Cup each semester, the Debsoc likes to meet at a cosy BYO to celebrate the time gone by. A staple of the Debsoc social scene, we have become very skilled at BYO dinners. Last year's theme was "Villians", and some fantastic costumes were on display from various members of the Debating Society. Come along for a cheeky Pad Thai, a bottle of wine and some great conversation before we hit town for a few more drinks.
End of Year Party
After a hard year of debating, we like to let loose and reflect on the [mostly] ups and [rare] downs. Following the Log'O Johnson final, the End of Year Party is the highlight of the social calendar. It promises to be an epic party – drinks flowing and fun all around. Await details with bated breath and don’t miss it!