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Long-Term Fiscal Schools Challenge

Page updated 25 Jun 2013

In the lead-up to the publication of its Long-Term Fiscal Statement, the Treasury ran the Long-Term Fiscal Schools Challenge in 2012.

This offered Years 12 and 13 students an exciting opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of Treasury policy analysts in considering and advising on one of the major issues facing governments across the world - long-run sustainability of government finances.

Secondary school teams from across the country were invited to propose policy options that addressed New Zealand's long-term fiscal challenges, and present their proposals to a panel of judges from the Treasury and Victoria University of Wellington. Teams were assessed on their understanding of the issues, the originality and practicality of their analysis, and their presentation skills.

Long-term fiscal sustainability will be one of the most critical challenges facing New Zealand, and indeed the world, over the coming decades. This is a challenge for your lifetime - I invite you to join the debate and have your say. Gabriel Makhlouf, Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury

Winners of the challenge were announced on 12 June.

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