Former Logan Park High School pupils (from left) Keiran
Bunn, Alec Dawson, John Brinsley-Pirie and Patrick Dawson
have been selected to represent the University of Otago at
the world universities debating championship in Chennai,
India. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Talk about argue - it's all they seem to do. If it's not
dissecting the rationale behind world politics, it's debating
who left the milk on the bench.
And they are very good at it. That's why Keiran Bunn (21),
John Brinsley-Pirie (22) and brothers Alec (22) and Patrick
Dawson (20) have been selected for the Otago University
Debating Society's two teams to compete at the 2014 world
universities debating championship in Chennai, India.
Mr Brinsley-Pirie said the teams could not be stronger, given
all four of them were former Logan Park High School pupils
and good friends, and John and Alec flatted together.
''It gets us into a bit of trouble sometimes. We do argue a
lot about trivial things like the make-up of the All Blacks
''There's even been some chat about what the conventions are
for leaving food out on the bench overnight, and whether it
is safe to eat.''
The four believed they were in a strong position to do well
at the world university debating championship, being held
from December 29 to January 4, because two of them had
already achieved outstanding results.
Earlier this year, Alec and Kieran came fourth in the world
universities debating championship in Berlin, won the Colgate
IV debating competition and were fifth at the HWS Idea
Teams from some of the top debating universities in the
United States and Canada competed in the Colgate IV
tournament, and the HWS Idea tournament was an
invitation-only tournament, made up of finalists in the world
All four credited their former debating coach, Logan Park
High School teacher Suzanne Robins, for their success.
She was thrilled about her former pupils' selection.
''They are stunning debaters and it's great to see them going
from strength to strength.
''I do believe that the culture of inquiry, discussion and
debate at our school has helped to develop their thinking and
their debating skills, but I also commend them for continuing
to stretch their thinking and to enjoy the challenges of
high-level debating,'' she said.
The four hope to repeat the extraordinary success Alec and
Kieran have had this year.
''We're aiming for anything better than fourth,'' Mr