Regional finals of the ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition were held in early March. The national final will be held in Wellington at Government House on 4 April 2014.
2015 COMPETITION DETAILS
Speech Subject - ‘New Zealanders in WWI’
The subject 'New Zealander's in WWI' embraces Kiwis who served or were involved in WWI.
Speechmakers may choose a particular operation or cover them collectively. They may choose to profile servicemen or women from the past, a living veteran, or an aspect of the commemoration of WWI (Anzac Day/war memorials).
6–8 minutes. Entrants are advised to check the judging criteria for timing penalties.
Year 12 and 13 students who are New Zealand citizens, and are able to travel independently to regional and national competitions.
Preparation and Delivery
Students must prepare and deliver their own speech. Delivery may not include the use of projection or other imaging or the use of a lectern. See Judging Criteria and Terms and Conditions for more detail.
2014 Finalists Ben Brodie (centre) and Jack Potaka (right)
All students who wish to enter the competition must first register on this website. Registrations open Monday 27 January and close Wednesday 26 February. A link to registrations will be available throughout this period.
Schools with more than one student registered for the competition will hold their own play offs to determine a representative for their school in the regional competition to be held 7 – 9 March. Dates, times and locations for regional competitions are below.
Competition regions are based on RSA districts. For more information contact regional organiser.
Waikato-King Country-Bay of Plenty
Wairarapa-Hawkes Bay-East Coast
To be announced
To be announced
The national final will be held in Wellington at Government House on 4 April 2014, where the national winner will be announced.
Judging, Terms and Conditions
Students are advised to fully familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions of the competition, and the judging criteria.
Each Regional Winner receives $1,000 prize money in a ANZ account, a framed Certificate and Youth membership to the RSA. The Regional Winner’s school also receives $1,000.
The National Winner receives a trip to Gallipoli with a chaperon to attend the Anzac Day 2014 commemorations, a further $1,000 travel fund, a laptop and digital camera to record their experience, and a winner’s trophy.
A comprehensive list of resources can be found on this site. You can also watch previous winners deliver their speech.