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Competition Details

ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition


1 February - Entries Open

29 February - Entries Close

11 – 13 March - Regional Finals

23 March- National Final

Please remember that only one entry per school is permitted.

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).

Speech Duration

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.

2015 Finalists Richard Young (left) and Joshua Bruce with veteran Barry Chivers2015 Finalists Richard Young (left) and Joshua Bruce with veteran Barry Chivers


Entries open 1 February and close on 29 February 2016. Click here to open the online entry form.

Regional Competitions

Regional finals will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of March 2016. 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 competitions.

Competition regions are based on RSA districts. For more information contact regional organiser.

National Final

The national final will be held in Wellington on the 23rd of March 2016.

Judging, Terms and Conditions

Students are advised to fully familiarize themselves with the judging criteria.


All eight regional finalists will receive a $1000 into their ANZ bank account, a further $1000 for their school and a commemorative plaque or certificate.  The national winner will travel to Gallipoli for the 2016 Anzac commemorations and will also receive a smart phone, a laptop and the national winner’s trophy.


A comprehensive list of resources can be found on this site. You can also watch previous winners deliver their speech.



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