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Each year Appita holds a New Speaker Competition. The purpose of the Appita New Speaker Contest is to provide an opportunity for first-time presenters to develop their presentation skills and present in front of a large audience as part of their ongoing career development.

In the lead up to the competition, preliminary finals are held in New Zealand and Australia. Winners from the Australian and New Zealand preliminary finals will advance to the ANZ finals which will be hosted by the Appita Young Professionals as a virtual event.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold a current Appita membership (non-members are invited to join to become eligible)
  • Must be a first-time presenter - individual who has never presented at a conference or will or presenting for the first time outside of their organisation/place of work/tertiary institution.

The winners of the runoff competitions will receive a timber plaque and complimentary registration to attend the Appita Annual Conference.

The winner of the New Speaker Finals will receive a professional development grant valued at $2,000. The grant must be used for a career development activity . This could include overseas travel, attending a training course, conference or for mill visits and visits to research institutions, etc. It could also be used as an add-on to work-related travel, however, must be used within the next 12 months.

Competition Dates

2021 New Speakers’ Competition Runoff New Zealand
28th October 2021, Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, commencing at 6:00 pm

2021 New Speakers’ Competition Runoff Australia
28th October 2021, via zoom , 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. 

2021 New Speakers’ Competition Finals - Virtual Event Aus vs New Zealand!
19th November 2021, 12:30 pm via Zoom

Interested in Sponsoring?
Companies are invited to support our young industry professionals by sponsoring the event.

For sponsorship enquiries please contact:
Karen Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition.
Jenny Ponter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Appita Australia New Speakers’ Competition.