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The Debates are currently postponed due to Covid-19 and NZ being on Level 4 (aka lockdown). This will be revisited when things settle down.

Watch this space for updates...


Debates start on Wednesday 29th April, and run through Term 2. They are being held every Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm.

Each Debate is broadcast live on Radio Kidnappers' two frequencies, as well as live-streamed on the Internet, plus full recordings of the week's debates can also be downloaded from our website for a limited period following broadcast.

Draw and moots for the 2020 competition are to be announced early March.




Talk-The-Talk has been held annually since 2002 (apart from breaks in 2011 & 2014), and is open to all local intermediate schools and any others who have Y7/Y8 pupils.

The aim of the debates is to foster public-speaking and radio skills in a debating forum, while all the time still being fun.

Debates are marked using as a template the intent of the Russell McVeagh NZ Schools Debating Championships Marking Guidelines, which assesses style, content, strategy and points of interest, as well as quality of rebuttal and other standard debating criteria. Further details about this system are available at www.debating.org.nz. As this system is designed for senior students and adults a few allowances are made during the debates.

All the Debates are broadcast live on Radio Kidnappers, as well as streamed live over the internet.

If you missed a debate or would like to relisten to one they will be made available as a podcast the day after the debate has taken place, just go to the downloads section of our website.

Contact Radio Kidnappers if you have any questions about the annual debates.

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