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22 September 2008

Victoria IV 2008 - November 28-30

The Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society is pleased to announce the details of the fifth annual Victoria IV, aka the NZ British Parliamentary Open Debating Championships.

The tournament this year is being sponsored by the New Zealand Business Roundtable, an organisation comprising major business firms committed to contributing to the development of sound public policy for New Zealand. Their significant financial contribution to the tournament means we'll be able to provide awesome food, bar tabs and functions this year.

The tournament will be held from Friday November 28 - Sunday 30 November at the downtown campus of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. There will be four preliminary rounds on the Saturday, one more on Sunday morning, with a break to semis.

The Grand Final will be held on Sunday afternoon in the New Zealand Parliament's historic and beautiful Legislative Council Chamber, just across the road.

The Co-CA's of the tournament will be Christopher Bishop (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Cambridge IV winner, Oxford IV runner-up, Australs runner-up, 2 x Australs top ten speaker, 3 x Vic IV winner), and Gareth Richards (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs quarter-finalist, 3 x Vic IV winner).

They'll be supported by Ivan ah Sam (Worlds 2009 DCA, Worlds semi-finalist and top 10 speaker, Australs winner and best speaker) and other top judges from around New Zealand and Australia.

Registration will include lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night, a cooked brunch on Sunday, a cocktail reception after the Grand Final, and functions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

We are happy to help arrange accommodation for those coming from out of town.

There is no team cap.

Further details to follow soon, but if you need to know more now, please get in touch with us on

Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society

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