The Otago University Debating Society's (OUDS) string of
recent successes has continued, with one of its members chosen
as the best speaker in a national debating competition.
Kieran Bunn (21) was named as best speaker at the recent
Joynt Scroll tournament, which is New Zealand's most
prestigious debating competition. The OUDS team also reached
the semifinals in the tournament.
Mr Bunn made the New Zealand debating squad from the
competition, with fellow OUDS speaker John Brinsley-Pirie
named the team's first reserve.
Mr Bunn said being chosen as top speaker was ''fantastic''
and the team's results in general backed up its recent
successes at the world championships.
Much of the society's recent success could be attributed to
the help sponsors - including vice-chancellor Prof Harlene
Hayne and law firm Gallaway Cook Allan - had given in getting
members to tournaments, he said.
''It's really made a difference in terms of deepening Otago's
Having a two-tier school system and restricting the movements
of people predisposed to crime were among the topics the
Otago team debated at the tournament.
OUDS president Paul Hunt said it was pleasing to have one of
its speakers chosen as the best in competition.
''This is the first time an Otago speaker has been named the
best speaker at a national tournament since 2002.''
Making the semifinals for the third year in a row was also an
achievement which showed how strong the debating society was.