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Terms and Conditions

Page updated 23 May 2016


  1. Entries are open to students enrolled in a degree programme at any level at any University institution specified by the Ministry of Education.
  2. All entries must be received via email to by 12 noon Monday 25 July 2016.
  3. Entries are limited to one per person.
  4. Direct relatives of Treasury employees as at 25 July 2016 may submit essays, but are ineligible to receive the $2,500 prize. If direct relatives of Treasury employees do submit essays, however, they will be eligible to be selected as finalists and invited to the Treasury to present the analysis in their essays. For these purposes, a "direct relative" is a child, parent, or sibling, including step-parents, children, and siblings.
  5. Each essay must be the work of the student submitting it and any sources (published or unpublished) must be acknowledged.


  1. The author of the best essay, as judged by the Treasury, will be awarded a $2,500 study grant.
  2. The Treasury will pay the $2,500 directly to the winning student.
  3. The Treasury may decline to award the $2,500 grant if it determines that none of the entries are of a sufficient standard to warrant it.
  4. The judges' decision on the best essay is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Entrants shall not contact judges for direct feedback on the judging process or results.

Presentation at Treasury

  1. Up to 8 entrants (winner included) will be chosen to go forward to a Presentation Day in Wellington based on the strength of their essays. The exact number of persons brought to Wellington will be at the discretion of Treasury.
  2. Finalists selected for the Wellington final will be notified, and the names posted on the University Challenge website.
  3. Finalists will need to provide presentation slides, if any, via email, to, two working days prior to the Presentation Day in Wellington (TBC).
  4. For finalists that are located outside of the Greater Wellington Area, The Treasury will cover the cost of travel within New Zealand to and from Wellington.
  5. The Treasury may decide not to hold the Presentation Day if it judges that the standard of entries to the University Challenge are not of a sufficient standard to warrant it.

Use of personal information

  1. By entering an essay in the University challenge, you grant permission to the Treasury to send you information about the University Challenge (for example, information about the Presentation Day). The Treasury will not share your email address or other details about you with anyone else, including other entrants, without your permission. Nor will the Treasury use your email address to send you information on anything other than the University Challenge without your permission.
  2. The Treasury does not intend to share the essays you submit with any other person or organisation. It is possible that it may wish to put the winning or finalist essays up on the Treasury website, but it will seek your permission before doing so.
  3. The Treasury is a government department and accordingly is subject to the Official Information Act 1982. The essays submitted to the University Challenge will constitute "official information", so it is possible that the Treasury will be obliged to release some or all of the essays if it receives a request for them.


  1. Any entrant failing to comply with these terms and conditions may be disqualified from the competition.
  2. The Treasury reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or issue binding rulings on any matter not included in these terms and conditions. Such decisions shall be final.
  3. All entrants agree to participate in any un-paid media/promotional programme (eg, press, TV interviews, etc.), as required by The Treasury.
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