UNA NZ Speech award now online!

8 May 2020


UNA NZ Speech Award- revised information and instructions


Given the dramatic global changes in response to COVID19 our annual speech award that has been running for over 30 years has had some changes. It will now be conducted nationally through video entries.


We acknowledge that individuals who had previously entered may not now wish to participate in this different format, we acknowledge these changed circumstances, we however encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity.


You will still be provided with feedback and a certificate of acknowledgement, this will however be done electronically.


  • The deadline for entries is Friday, 21st August 2020.
  • Entries are limited to three per school.
  • Upload your video to youtube- with unlisted settings so no one can see it unless you send them the link.
  • Once you have done this use this form. To send us the link to your video along with other key information.
  • It is our preference that to help you build your public speaking skills that your speech is delivered in front of an audience. If this is not possible let us know. You will be asked to tick a box on the form uploading your video to answer whether or not you have done this.
  • You will also need to verify on the form that the work is your own. Plagiarism is a serious offence, it's ok to borrow ideas or quotes as long as you acknowledge the original creator appropriately.
  • The judges will watch the speeches, provide written feedback and deliberate.
  • The written feedback will be sent to you along with a certificate and information regarding a shortlist of 5-6 students.
  • These shortlisted students' speeches will then be judged again by someone highly qualified to select a winner and runner up.
  • The judge’s decision will be final.
  • The winner and runner-up will be announced on UN Day, 24th October.
  • The information about winners will be posted publicly on our website and social media to maintain transparency.
  • The shortlisted speeches will be made available online (subject to consent of the contestants).
  • The speech entries may be shared with your school or teachers if you wish. (You will be asked these questions when you complete the form and submit your video.)
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