Next Generation Debates 2017 Wellington Semi-final (Otago vs Victoria)

15 August, 2017

Victoria University goes to the grand final of The New Zealand Initiative’s Next Generation Debates. They won in the Wellington semi-final from the University of Otago on the moot This House believes that millennials need to get better with money if they want to become homeowners. Hon Peter Dunne (Minister of Internal Affairs) and Diane Maxwell (Retirement Commissioner) commented on the debate in a panel session.

Said Hon Peter Dunne: “The debates showcased the talent of the four debaters from their campuses and provided a thought-provoking discussion on the way in which millennials approach housing. The Next Generation debates provide an excellent forum for discussion of issues that are affecting New Zealander’s today and issues that will continue to affect our future generations. These are valuable discussions to be having, and the New Zealand Initiative’s work in establishing these debates alongside the efforts of the participating debaters and adjudicators should be congratulated."

Lovely debate
The winning team of the semi-final in Wellington consisted of Ailidh Leslie and Liam Dennis from Victoria University. Liam Dennis: “It was a lovely debate because both sides of the House brought good arguments to the table. It was great to see so many people in the audience and of course, I am happy with the result. Between all our assignments and tests this week, we are going to prepare ourselves for the grand final!”


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Come along and listen to some of New Zealand’s top debaters battle it out in the Wellington semi-final of the 2017 Next Generation Debates on the moot This House believes that millennials need to get better with money if they want to become homeowners. The Debates will be followed by a panel discussion with Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner, Commission for Financial Capability and Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs, United Future Party.

Date: Tuesday 15 August 2017
5.30 - 6.00pm   Arrival
6.00 - 7.20pm   Debate and Q&A with panelists
7.20 - 8.00pm   Drinks and nibbles

Location: Mac's Function Centre (Cable Room), 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington


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