This page describes the Toastmasters New Zealand speech contests held each year, along with links to the Speech Contest Rules and e-learning modules for judges.
Contests held twice a year
- May - Evaluation and International
- November - Table Topics and Humorous
During the months prior to these events, Clubs, Areas and Divisions hold their own contests to find the most suitable contestant.
The Division contests are held in conjunction with the Division Conferences.
The District contests are held at the Semi-Annual Convention.
Evaluation and International Prepared Speech Contests
- February - Club
- March - Area
- April - Division
- May - District
Table Topics and Humorous Contests
- August - Club
- September - Area
- October - Division
- November - District
The winner of the District 72 International Speech contest represents New Zealand at the Toastmasters International Annual Convention competing for the title of "World Champion of Public Speaking".
Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational programme. Speech contests provide an opportunity for proficient speakers to gain contest experience, and allows those not participating to learn by observing proficient speakers.
A full set of contest rules and information is sent to the club president at the beginning of the Toastmasters year. If you are looking for judging forms and rules, contact your President or Area Director.
Check the Rules on the Toastmasters International website:
Officiating at a Toastmasters speech contest can earn you credits in the Competent Leadership Programme.
- Project 6: Organisation and Delegation - Organise a Club Speech Contest
- Project 8: Motivation - Contest Chair
- Project 10: Team Building - Club Speech Contest Chair
Links to More Resources
2016-17 Speech Contest Rulebook
2017-17 SPEECH CONTEST RULES UPDATES
Speech Contest Scripts 2016-17 (pdf format) (updated February 2017)
Toastmasters International World Champions
Toastmasters International Speech Contests Frequently Asked Questions
Toastmasters Learning Connection Speech Contest Module
Toastmasters International Speech Contests Policy 6.0