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Terms and conditions 2018

The following are the terms and conditions that must be met for a valid entry. All entrants accept these terms and conditions when they submit their entry form. Please read these terms and conditions carefully.


  1. Entries are open to teams, or individual students from New Zealand secondary schools (as specified by the Ministry of Education) that have registered for the Schools Challenge.
  2. Schools must register for the Schools Challenge by 16 April 2018 via email to [email protected] using the registration form available on this website.
  3. Entries are limited to ten entries per registered school.
  4. Team members and individual entrants must be currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school in Year 12 or 13.
  5. Teams must not exceed three students.
  6. Essay and poster entries must be received via email to [email protected]. Video entries must be received via secure file transfer in accordance with instructions to be provided by the Treasury.
  7. Entries must be received by 5.00pm 16 May 2018.
  8. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
  9. Entries are not open to immediate relatives of employees of the Treasury.
  10. Team members may be substituted if one or more members is no longer able to participate in the competition for any reason. Details of substitute team members must be submitted to the Treasury. Substitute team members will be bound by these terms and condition.

Use of entries and information

  1. The Treasury may publish, share, refer to, or otherwise use any essay, poster or video entry without the prior permission of the teams or individuals that submitted it.
  2. All entrants agree to participate in any un-paid media/promotional programme (eg, press, TV interviews, etc), as required by the Treasury.
  3. Personal information such as names and contact details collected through the challenge will be stored securely by the Treasury and used for the purposes of the current or future schools challenges, and may be shared with sponsors in relation to schools challenges or challenge prizes.


  1. In each of the individual and team categories the best essay, poster and video entries (ie, best in class) will be selected by the judges for final judging. The best overall entries will then be selected by the judges from the best in class finalists. 
  2. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. Entrants shall not contact judges for direct feedback on the judging process or results.

Prizes and prizegiving

  1. The winners will be announced following judging of the entries. First place prizes will be awarded to the best overall individual and best overall team entry. Runner up prizes will be awarded to the best in class individual and team entries that do not win the first place prizes.
  2. The first placed individual and each member of the first placed team (up to three members) will be awarded a $500 electronics voucher and receive a scholarship valued at $2,000 to study at Victoria University of Wellington. Each runner up individual and each member of the runner up teams (up to three members per team) will receive a $500 electronics voucher and a scholarship valued at $1,000 to study at Victoria University of Wellington. 
  3. The scholarship will be awarded if and when the student is enrolled in a full-time programme of study at Victoria University of Wellington in 2019 or 2020. They must have attained University Entrance and the Guaranteed Entry Score for the programme they have chosen to study and be fully enrolled by the due dates (see for admission and other enrolment requirements). The scholarship may be held in conjunction with a Victoria Excellence or Victoria Achiever Scholarship or other fees scholarship. The scholarship can be put towards tuition fees, accommodation costs in a Victoria University hall of residence only, or course-related costs (receipts must be presented).
  4. The winning individual and team will be invited to a prize giving, and to spend a day, at the Treasury on 14 June 2018. The Treasury will cover all reasonable costs of travel to and from Wellington for the winning individual and a teacher from their school and the winning team and a teacher from their school.


  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.
Last updated: 
Monday, 19 March 2018