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Tertiary Challenge

The Treasury gives New Zealand tertiary students the chance to address some of the most important public policy issues facing the country.

The Treasury Tertiary Challenge 2018 aims to:

  • give tertiary students a feel for the range of work the Treasury does
  • allow students to test their analytical skills on real-life policy issues
  • reward excellence in public policy analysis.

Students are invited to enter a submission addressing one of three pre-set questions and submit them to the Treasury. They may enter their submission in a range of formats (2,000 word essay, A3 presentation, or five minute video). The deadline for Tertiary Challenge 2018 submissions is 29 July 2018. For more information on this year's challenge, please see the information on the task and read the entry criteria.

This year’s questions relate to the Tax Working Group, which has been set up to look at ways to improve the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. We invite students of any year level and discipline to enter.

Up to five finalists will be invited to attend a Finals Day at the Treasury, where they will receive their placings, present their submissions, and will have the opportunity to meet with analysts across the Treasury, including those involved with the Tax Working Group.

All finalists will also receive a grant to aid their studies. The best submission will receive $2,000, 2nd will receive $1,000 and 3rd placed will receive $500. The two remaining finalists will receive $100 each.


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Last updated: 
Tuesday, 10 July 2018