Sponsored by Chapman Tripp and in association with the University of Auckland’s Debating Society, Teach First NZ held our third annual Public Debate at Chapman Tripp’s offices in Auckland. The moot for the night was “That schools stifle creativity.”
Debaters included special guests Andrew Patterson (RadioLIVE), Callum Rose (University of Auckland Debating Society) and Campbell Herbert (Chapman Tripp) on the affirmative team, as well as David Glover (Principal of Creative Strategies and Teach First NZ Board member), James Rankin (University of Auckland Debating Society) and Nupur Upadhyay (Chapman Tripp) on the negating team.
By the end of the evening, the negating team had won the favour of the adjudicators (Margaret Bendall, Senior Advisor at Teach First NZ, James Burt from Chapman Tripp and Aditya Vasudevan from the University of Auckland Debating Society), providing a convincing and cohesive argument, with points that a committed and engaging affirmative team couldn’t quite topple.
After an entertaining and mentally stimulating performance by the debaters, the evening finished off with drinks and canapés, providing all attendees (including prospective Teach First NZ applicants, Board members, Teach First NZ staff, current participants, University of Auckland debaters and Chapman Tripp employees) with opportunities to network and connect.