The competition is open to youth aged 17 to 20

Entry was free and open to the public

The speeches are to be no longer than six minutes and of their own choice of subject.

There is an impromptu speech on a surprise topic which is to be no longer than two minutes and the contestants have just one minute to think about what they were going to say.

The winner of the National Contest will receive a sponsored 4-6 week visit to the USA/Canada and will leave NZ about the middle of December and return towards the end of January.

The 1st runner-up will receive a trip to Australia and will also depart NZ at a similar date to the National winner.

2nd runner-up will receive a placement at the Lions International Youth Camp, which is held at Lake Okataina, Rotorua in late December and early January. 

.National Co-ordinator  PDG Brian Quinlan of Ngaruawahia Lions Club.

2017 Speechmaker Winners

Winner: Lauren Carr - Sponsored by Dannevirke Host Lions Club

Runner-Up: Matthew Jayasuria - Sponsored by East Hamilton Lions Club

2nd Runner-Up: Raphael Franks - Sponsored by Christchurch City Breakfast Lions Club


Oscar McGuire - Sponsored by Port Chalmer Lions Club















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