About Speech NZ

The Vision of Speech NZ

Our vision is to develop confident, articulate New Zealand voices through relevant, future focused strategies that will empower and strengthen communities.

The Values of Speech NZ

Speech New Zealand works with dedication to be informed and guided by:

Partnership – as New Zealanders, we value relationships that encourage and respect diversity in all forms.

Credibility – as educators, we strive to deliver the best outcomes for all our stakeholders.

Empowerment – as an organisation, we are committed to supporting the growth and development of all our stakeholders.

The New Zealand Speech Board is a “not for profit” Registered Charitable Trust, with aims to develop versatility in the use of language and oral presentation and performance skills. We believe that self-confidence, resilience, and effective communication skills are enormously important, and strive to see the growth of these three elements in the New Zealand population. This is reflected in our motto Helping our nation to communicate.”

Through our broad range of syllabuses, we conduct examinations in a range of oral communication skills, working with schools, private teachers, community groups, and the corporate sector. We also facilitate tailor-made, bespoke courses in a variety of speech communication skills, for professional and personal development. We collaborate with national and regional organisations to provide access to scholarships and opportunities for everyone.

We offer eight syllabuses that cater to all age groups, children, and adults. These include Speech and Drama, Public Speaking, Theatre in Action, Flexi Speaking and Performing, Communicating in Leadership, Oral Communication within Schools, Professional Speaking, and English as a Second Language. These teaching syllabuses are available free of charge.

The Board is governed by voluntary, unpaid Trustees and administered day-to-day by its Manager, Emma Carpenter, and an administration team based in Wellington. It has nineteen examination centres spread from Northland to Invercargill. Examiners are based throughout the country, either travelling for examinations, or since 2020, conducting Zoom examinations. The Board trains and accredits examiners and assessors regularly to maintain a high standard.