Speech Competition

A nationwide speech competition has been announced by Waitangi Treaty Grounds for Year 11 students. The theme for the speech competition is: “What does Waitangi Day mean to me?”

Entry to the competition opens on 31st August 2018 and closes on 28th September 2018. The Waitangi Speech Competition will give young people a platform to share their views in a public forum.

The winning student receives return travel for two to the Bay of Islands with Air New Zealand, accommodation in the Bay of Islands courtesy of Westpac NZ, attendance at Waitangi Day functions on the 5th and 6th February, and the opportunity to deliver the winning speech at Waitangi. The winner also receives a certificate, a taonga and a carved trophy for their school to display for 9 months. The runner-up will receive a certificate and a taonga.

Waitangi Day Dawn 2017

Competition Details

Speech Subject: What does Waitangi Day mean to me?

Speech Duration: 3 minutes (minimum of 2.30 minutes, and no longer than 4 minutes)

Eligibility: Year 11 students who are enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school. For the 2018 competition, every school can enter one student. Entrants must be available to attend Waitangi Day celebrations in Waitangi in the year following the competition closing.

Preparation and Delivery: Students must prepare and deliver their own speech. To enter the Competition, the student/school must submit a video recording of the student delivering their speech. The video needs to be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video, and the link to the video submitted with the Online Entry Form (online Entry Form will be live on 31st August 2018)

Entries close: 28th September 2018, 4pm

Judging, Terms and Conditions: Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions of the Competition and with the Judging Criteria.


First prize: Return travel and accommodation to Waitangi for the winner and one parent / guardian; attendance at selected Waitangi Day functions; a taonga and certificate; a carved trophy for their school to display for 9 months.

Runner-up: Taonga and certificate.


A list of resources around Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi can be found here

View the winning entry from 2017

Judging Criteria

Judging criteria for the Waitangi Day Speech Competition are aligned with criteria used for judging Achievement Standard 90857 (1.6) – Construct and Deliver an Oral Presentation

Ideas (5 – 20 – 10 – 10 – 5)

Language and Presentation Features (10 – 10 – 10 – 10 – 10)

Command attention of the audience by deliberate selection and eloquent use of language features and presentation techniques, linked to purpose and audience to create effects

Where the duration of a speech is less than 2.30 minutes or exceeds 4 minutes, 10 points will be subtracted from the final score.

Terms & Conditions

Download a copy of the Terms & Conditions
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