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27 October 2008

Victoria IV 2008 confirmed details

The Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society is pleased to announce the confirmed details of the 2008 Victoria IV, aka as the NZ Business Roundtable Parliamentary Debating Championships.

Our tournament sponsors are 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 an extremely high quality tournament this year with superb judges and great socials.

Now in its fifth year, the Victoria IV is one of the best Worlds warm-up tournaments on the circuit. Last year's final featured three Worlds quarter-finalists and two octo-finalists. This year we're sure will be even better.

Dates: Friday November 28-Sunday 30 November
Venue: Kelburn campus of Victoria University of Wellington
The Grand Final will be held on Sunday afternoon in the New Zealand Parliament's historic and beautiful Legislative Council Chamber, hosted by the Patron of the Debating Society, Christopher Finlayson MP.

Adjudication Core
We're particularly pleased with the quality of adjudicators confirmed for this year's tournament: The Chief Adjudicators are Christopher Bishop (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs runner-up, Cambridge IV winner) and Gareth Richards (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs quarter-finalist, 3 x winner of Victoria IV).

They'll be joined by:
Ivan Ah Sam (DCA for Worlds 2009 in Cork, Worlds semi-finalist and top ten speaker, Australs winner and best speaker)
Erin O'Brien (DCA for Worlds 2009 in Cork, Worlds Grand Finalist, Euros winner)
Joe Connell (2 x Worlds octo-finalist, Australs quarter-finalist and top ten speaker)
Jonathan Orpin (Worlds semi-finalist and quarter-finalist)

Plus other top judges from around NZ.

Other key details:
- Worlds rules will be in force and topics will not be New Zealand-specific
- There is no team cap.
- Six preliminary rounds, with a break to semi-finals

Registration: $55 NZD per person for the weekend.
This will get you subsidised drinks on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday night (incl BYO corkage), a catered brunch on Sunday, and free drinks and food at the post-final function. Payment can be made upon arrival in Wellington.

Accommodation: For teams coming from outside Wellington we are happy to help arrange accommodation. Just get in touch on the address below.

How to register
Email with the name of you and your partner, your team name, your email address, mobile number, and dietary requirements.

Registration closes Monday 24 November.

For more information, or any questions, please email
See the Facebook event at:

We look forward to seeing many of you in November!

Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society

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