Teach First NZ last night held its second annual public debate, sponsored by Chapman Tripp and in collaboration with The University of Auckland Debating Society.
The moot for the debate was: ‘That the school day should be extended to 9am-5pm’, which proved to be an entertaining and informative topic with all six speakers conveying a range of compelling arguments. The debate impressed both the audience and the judging panel, which included Margaret Bendall, Teach First NZ Partnership Director; Hamish Saunders, University of Auckland Debating Society; and Aoife O’Gorman, Chapman Tripp Finance Lawyer.
The negating team were the winners on the night – presenting a strong case opposing the moot. After the adjudicators announced their decision, the event also provided a broader networking opportunity for prospective applicants to the Teach First NZ programme, who were able to speak with Teach First NZ Staff and Board members, Chapman Tripp lawyers, as well as a number of other supporters of the programme.
Speakers at the debate included: Associate Professor Damon Salesa, Centre for Pacific Studies at The University of Auckland and Teach First NZ Board Member; Terrance Wallace, Director United Maori Mission and Auckland Grammar School 'In Zone' Hostel Project; Campbell Herbert, Law Clerk (Corporate) at Chapman Tripp; Humphrey Glennie, Senior Solicitor (Litigation) at Chapman Tripp; Callum Rose, UoA Debating Society; and James Penn, UoA Debating Society.
The debate adjudicators. From left to right: Margaret Bendall, Teach First NZ Partnership Director; Aoife O’Gorman, Chapman Tripp Finance Lawyer; and Hamish Saunders, Universityof Auckland Debating Society
Teach First NZ Board of Trustees Chair, Deborah George.