University of Sydney student Lucian Tan, who is adjudicating at the Australs debating championships being held in Dunedin this week. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The cold has proved a struggle for students from tropical
climes but, apart from that, the University of Otago's
hosting of the Australs debating championships is going off
without a hitch.
About 350 debaters and adjudicators from Australia and Asia
are in Dunedin for what is one of world's largest debating
University of Sydney student Lucian Tan, who is an
adjudicator for the tournament, said it had been run well so
The odd drink helped people used to warmer climates deal with
the colder weather.
''Some of us are wearing lots of layers; others of us prefer
to keep warm like the Russians.''
He had enjoyed Dunedin and was looking forward to seeing some
of the sights.
''It's a nice change of pace from a lot of the really big
Otago University Debating Society president John
Brinsley-Pirie said he had been rushed off his feet and
operating with little sleep, but everything was running
smoothly and on time. The only problem so far had been the
heating switching off in some of the rooms.
Otago University's top team has secured a place in the
finals, being held today and tomorrow, after winning six out
of eight debates.