Chapman Tripp, a founding partner of Teach First NZ, in collaboration with The University of Auckland Debating Society, hosted a public debate event addressing a contemporary education issue: whether or not technology, such as laptops, should be available to all high school students.
In photo above: Carol Hirschfeld (Teach First NZ trustee and Head of Programming at Māori Television), Oliver Broomfield (Chapman Tripp Slaughter and May secondee), Joshua Baxter (Debating Society), Gretta Schumacher (Debating Society), Janko Marcetic (Chapman Tripp solicitor), Soana Pamaka (Teach First NZ trustee and Principal of Tamaki College)
Teach First NZ trustees Carol Hirschfeld and Soana Pamaka were flanked by eager law clerks from Chapman Tripp and award-winning members of The University of Auckland Debating Society. The affirmative team won the debate on the night, but both teams stirred and informed the large audience while also managing to impress the judging panel, which included Chapman Tripp Principal James Burt and Teach First NZ Partnership Director Margaret Bendall. Many keen and conscientious students from The University of Auckland took the opportunity to talk with Teach First NZ staff and trustees about the benefits of the programme, and a good night was had by all.
Gretta Schumacher (Debating Society), Janko Marcetic (Chapman Tripp solicitor), Soana Pamaka (Teach First NZ trustee and Principal of Tamaki College)