Speech Contests

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.

Contest Rules

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:

Gain Recognition

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

2017-18 Speech Contest Rulebook

Speech Contest Scripts (pdf format) (updated July 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