Alternative Budget Competition

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Tomorrow night in Auckland  four University teams from Auckland, Victoria and Otago will present their visions and prescriptions for New Zealand’s economic future in an event which is
open to the public, and will be held from 5.30pm at the University of Auckland Business School. All are welcome to attend – it should be interesting. $5,000 in prizes is up for grabs. More information about the competition is here.

Teams from Auckland University, Victoria University and Otago University were given the task of delivering a Budget which solved problems currently facing New Zealand. These problems included:

  • The stalled rebuild of Christchurch
  • High numbers of youth unemployment and numbers leaving for Australia
  • Increasing private debt and decreasing house affordability
  • A narrowing economy

The student teams will present their sometimes radical solutions to a well-respected line up of judges consisting of Rick Boven, Bryan Gaynor, Bernard Hickey, Rod Oram, Selwyn Pellett and John Walley.

The proposals  indicate that students are very aware of the current problems facing the long-term stability of the country and the impacts this will have on them as a generation. Most submissions agree on a number of seemingly radical, but necessary steps to address inherent problems in our economy.


2 comments on “Alternative Budget Competition”

  1. mike e 1

    Raise tax on alcohol cigarettes and gambling so people can still get prescriptions cheap

  2. Ad 2

    I hope we get to see the winner and a summary of the best of the rest on this site. Very sorry I could not be there tonight; I would have loved to go.

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