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Treasury Schools Challenge 2016

Page updated 14 Oct 2016

The Treasury challenges year 12 and 13 students all over the country to find ways to put together a Briefing for the Minister of Finance with policy recommendations to improve New Zealand's living standards.

The competition aims to:

  • stimulate discussion and fresh debate on the Treasury's core work
  • give students an opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of a Treasury analyst looking at real-world policy making
  • encourage students to take an interest in economics and public policy as a career option.

Participating teams produce a paper setting out their proposals on the designated topic. The top 10 ranked teams are brought to Treasury to present their policies to a judging panel of Treasury analysts and Victoria University professors. Teams are assessed on their understanding of the issues, the originality and practicality of their analysis, and their presentation skills.

Final results for the 2016 Schools Challenge

  • 1st place – Lindisfarne College
  • 2nd place – James Hargest College
  • 3rd place – Onslow College

Student Speaker Award – Andrew Tang, Scots College.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of entries this year, and the presentations of the top ten schools on Finals Day.

The Treasury held the prize giving ceremony on 27 July 2016. Sir Neville Jordan, Chancellor of Victoria University, Professor Bob Buckle, Pro Vice Chancellor and Girol Karacaoglu, Deputy Secretary (Chief Economist), the Treasury, presented the prizes to the three winning schools and the best speaker.

Treasury 2016 Schools Challenge winnders

The project team did a fantastic job to make this year’s challenge successful.  A special thanks to Lorraine Reid (Project Lead) for her inspirational leadership and organisation skills which ensured things ran smoothly.

2016 School Challenge Essays and Presentations

Below are the top 10 essays and presentations from 2016.

Schools Challenge Essays

Schools Challenge Presentations


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