The Otago University Debating Society (OUDS) has won
hosting rights for the word's second-largest debating
competition, with up to 500 people likely to visit Dunedin for
the tournament next year.
OUDS president Paul Hunt said the society won hosting rights
for the Australasian inter-varsity debating championships -
known as the Australs - after narrowly defeating Bali in a
vote of universities in the Australasian debating community.
Teams from universities around Australasia and Asia compete
in the annual event.
The event, said to be the second-largest debating tournament
in the world, was tentatively set down to be held at the
university during the first week of July, with 400-500 likely
to attend, Mr Hunt said.
Being chosen as host was in itself recognition of the
strength of the society and having the event in Dunedin would
be a chance to further raise its profile, he said.
It would also be a boost to the city's economy, with debaters
staying in Dunedin hotels, and encouraged to stay on and
explore the wider region.
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne
congratulated the society for winning hosting rights.
''On behalf of the University of Otago, I would like to
warmly congratulate the debating society on winning the
rights to host this world debating tournament.
"I am extremely proud of the depth of talent in debating at
the University of Otago and I look forward to their continued
success,'' Prof Hayne said.
Queen's High School has taken part in debating for some time.
The newspaper yesterday published a quote in a report on the
final of the Dunedin Schools' Debating tournament that