Logan Park High School debating team member Connor Seddon
(16) makes a point during the Dunedin Schools' Debating
final, while Columba College team members (from left) Ellen
Gipp (18), Holly Barclay (16) and Courtney Cunningham (18)
confer. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
The controversial GCSB Bill came up for debate in the
senior final of the inaugural Dunedin Schools' Debating
tournament on Saturday.
A team from Logan Park High School came out on top in the
senior final, arguing against the moot, ''this house believes
that the right for privacy is always subservient to national
The team argued the GCSB Bill represented an attack on New
Zealand's democratic principles, while an opposing team from
Columba College said the Bill was necessary to keep the
country safe from terrorism.
Columba College English teacher Anna Togneri, who helped
organise the tournament, said it had been a success and high
school pupils had flocked to it ''en masse''.
''We have involved schools that have got absolutely no
tradition of debating, such as Taieri College and Queen's
High School, along with schools that have a long history of
It was hoped it would become an annual tournament.
She paid tribute to members of Otago University Debating
Society who volunteered their time as adjudicators.
A Columba College team won the junior final.