Young Speechmaker Contest

The Lions Clubs of New Zealand offer youth from 16 to 21 years of age (as at 15 Nov 2022), the opportunity to participate in a national public speaking contest. Entry is free to the contestants and open to the public through your local Lions Club. Generally, there will be at least a district contest with the winner/s coming forward to the National Final in Palmerston North on Sat 13th August 2022.

What is the Young Speechmaker Contest?

Your local Lions Club will contact your School or Youth Group and offer to sponsor speakers for the District contest. They will provide copies of the Rules, and the Judges briefing and score sheets so you have a good understanding of the contest expectations.

The District contest/s are all to be completed by the 30th June 2022 and up to two contestants from each District will come to the National (MD202) Contest on Saturday 13 August 2022 in Palmerston North.  Travel arrangements and venue details will be provided by Lions at no cost to the contestants early in July 2022.

We encourage participation and support from fellow students, their families and Lion Club members at all contests. The only cost involved in attending is the catering charge (typically around $15) for morning tea, lunch and an afternoon tea before you all head home. Contestants are paid for by Lions.

Prizes are awarded to all winners. A4 Certificates of Appreciation are provided for all contestants to place in their CV. At national level good prizes are provided by our sponsors for the top three winners.

The Young Speechmaker rules, criteria and judging sheets are much the same as they have been for years and these are available for download from this page as is the application form.

We look forward to your students' participation.  To contact your local Lions Club directly you can search for them here and then send them a message.



Want to know more and to enter?

Read the competition rules and criteria

Complete the application form.

Get in touch with your local sponsoring Lions Club. 


Not sure where you nearest club is?  You can  search for them here.   

If you need further assistance contact Myra on speechmaker(at)


Lions Clubs & Districts

Instructions on running the competition and judging sheets are available here.

For further information contact your District Youth Chair or MD Coordinator Myra Davey.

MD202 Coordinator – Young Speechmakers Contest
Myra Davey
Tel:  021 343 899
Email: speechmaker(at)

Winners of the 2021 NZ Lions Young Speechmakers Contest

Mia Hollingworth 2021 NZ Lions Young Speechmaker Contest Winner


Mia's speech was on the topic of fake news.  You can read more about Mia and her achivement in the Southland Times article of Sept 21 here.

Kindness Matters

We are 8,500 men and women serving in clubs across New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Fiji.  Use the button below to find your local club and send them a message directly.

Find and message your local club

Get in touch

Please contact our National Office if you have a general query. 

We aim to respond to you within 48 hours.

Contact Us