Marks are allocated as follows:
However, in marking the speeches, judges are asked to note if any:
are presented in a particularly creative or original manner
are especially inspirational or motivational
contain realistic and practical suggestions for improving race relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Judges are encouraged to confer together to determine the final outcome, especially if the marks between the top two or three students are very close. In that case, other considerations (such as those mentioned above) could possibly tip the balance in a particular student’s favour!
At the regional level and for the national semi-finals there will normally be three judges, often including a member of the NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission and, where possible, the Office of Ethnic Communities. For the national final there are usually five judges, representing the NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Ethnic Communities, the Speech Communications Association, and Māori.