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Competition Details

ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition


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.

2013 Finalists Jibi Kunnethedam and Gary Hofman2014 Finalists Ben Brodie (centre) and Jack Potaka (right)


Click here to register for the ANZ RSA 2015 Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition. Please note that only one student per school can be registered. Registrations close Sunday 8 February.

Regional Competitions

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 13 – 15 February, 2015. Dates, times and locations for 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 at Government House on 12 March 2015, 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


All eight regional winners will travel to Gallipoli for the 2015 Anzac commemorations, funded by the New Zealand Defence Force. In addition, ANZ will contribute $1000 to their ANZ bank account, a further $1000 for their school and a commemorative plaque or certificate.

The national winner will also receive an iPhone, a laptop, the national winner’s trophy to be displayed at their school and the honour of delivering their speech at Gallipoli.


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



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