Kowhai Festival Great Debate sponsor Andrew Steens, of Mike Pero Warkworth, was given the honour of tossing a coin to determine which position teams would take in the Kowhai Festival Great Debate.
Two debates will take place on November 2 at the Warkworth Town Hall. Doors open from 6.30pm when a cash bar and finger-food will be available.
The first debate – Men become distinguished; women become invisible – starts at 7pm and will see Warkworth Toastmasters pitted against a combined Rotary and Lions team.
Rotary and Lions will take the affirmative and they will take on a Toastmasters team comprising presentation skills trainer David Nottage, retired realtor Sandy Gordon and hospice fundraiser Lesley Ingham.
David Nottage was the 1996 Toastmasters World Champion for public speaking.
The second debate – Is Australia worth invading? – will see Warkworth Toastmasters take on Warkworth Police. Toastmasters will take the affirmative and comprise One Warkworth manager Murray Chapman, novelist Jacquie McRae and winemaker Ben Dugdale.
The police team will be Sergeant Mark Stallworthy, Senior Constable John Williams and Senior Constable Hamish Buick.
MC for the night will be Ascension Wine Estate founder Darryl Soljan.
Murray Chapman says Toastmasters is well advanced in developing a strategy to win both debates and is anticipating every criminal in town will come along to cheer the Toastmasters to victory against the police.
Money raised will support Harbour Hospice services in the Warkworth Wellsford community.
Tickets cost $35 and are available from Hospice House, Mahurangi Matters and Harts Pharmacy. Limited door sales are available.