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Treasury Schools Challenge 2018

Treasury Schools Challenge 2018

James Hargest College students Benjamin McIntyre and Shea Smith, both 16, travelled to Wellington on Thursday to receive their prize after winning best team video in the Treasury Schools Challenge 2018.

The year 12 students were asked to pitch three policy changes that would promote a fairer tax system in New Zealand.

Competitors had the choice of submitting a 2000-word essay, an A3 poster or a five-minute video presentation.

The boys chose to do an animation to create a point of difference and have their video stand out from other entries.

"We made a written script and then, based on that, we made the visuals," McIntyre said.

Teacher in charge Paul Redmond said the boys had particular skills in creating animations.

"They've got good economics skills too, so once they knew what they were going to do, they were always going to be able to present it well," Redmond said.

The three policy ideas focused on income tax, profits tax and a tourism levy.

"I always promote this sort of thing with the top students as it gives them more of an outlet to apply their knowledge," he said.

The students said coming up with the policies and trying to fit them into one five-minute video was the toughest part of the competition.

 

Photo and article thanks to The Southland Times and Stuff

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14 June 2018