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New Justice Speech Competition – Y9–10

Student competitions and scholarships New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 22 October 2017
Notice reference #: 1H9f_K

Announcing a NEW NZ-wide speech competition for Y9–10 students.

The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to make a speech on any social justice topic, with the hope of increasing the understanding of social justice issues amongst NZ students.

This competition is being run by a partnership of justice focussed NZ organisations, including Tear Fund, Stand Against Slavery, Effective Altruism NZ & Kings Trust.

The competition is very simple –

- open to any Year 9 & 10 students

- speech can be on any social justice topic

- filmed by phone or any other easy method – submitted via our website

- entries close 10 December

- judged by independent judges

- first prize of $1000 for student + $1000 for charity of their choice + $1000 for their school

- 5 spot prizes of $100 each (to encourage participation)

For schools, there are several options

1) If students are already required to make a speech during the year for English, they could also be made aware that if they choose a social justice topic for their speech, then they can also submit it for the competition

2) For Social Sciences or English, students could investigate an area of social justice and present some of their findings in the form of a speech

3) Some schools have a ‘gap’ between the end of exams and the end of the school year – social justice speeches could be a good ‘filler’ for this gap

4) Teachers will probably come up with other creative ways to incorporate this speech competition into their school activities

5) This competition is also open to home-school students

For more information see There is a pdf of a poster/flyer advertising this competition available for download at

Further information

Contact: David Allis

 (021) 655 485