Back to top anchor

Schools challenge

The Treasury Schools Challenge gives year 12 and 13 students all over the country the chance to address important public policy issues facing the country.

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, and
  • encourage students to take an interest in economics and public policy as a career option.

Participating teams or individuals are tasked with producing either an essay (no more than 2000 words), A3 poster presentation, or a video presentation (up to 5 minutes) on the designated topic. The overall winning team and individual are brought to the Treasury for a prize-giving event, attended by Treasury and Victoria University staff, as well as being given the chance to see how the Treasury works on a day-to-day basis. Entrants are assessed on their understanding of the issue and the originality and practicality of their analysis.

Final results for the 2018 Schools Challenge

Best Overall Team and Best Team Essay: Taxitions (Lily Trotter, Akeira Worthington and Beth Wray) of Christchurch Girls' High Scool

Best Overall Individual and Best Individual Video: Flora Fan of Diocesan School for Girls

Best Team Poster: Caitlin Dalziel, Amy Moore and Emma Jenkin of Rotorua Lakes High School

Best Team Video: Shea Smith and Benjamin McIntyre from James Hargest College

Best Individual Essay: Sameer Mandhan of Hamilton Boys' High School

Best Individual Poster: Kayla Sargison of Rotorua Lakes High School


Join us on Facebook

General enquiries

Email: [email protected]

Media enquiries

Email: [email protected] 

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 20 March 2018