Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Rangitoto College Wins Monetary Policy Challenge: 24 August 2012

Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Rangitoto College Wins Monetary Policy Challenge: 24 August 2012

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The Reserve Bank has announced today that Rangitoto College from Auckland is the national winner of the Reserve Bank 2012 Monetary Policy Challenge (MPC). Burnside High School from Christchurch was placed second and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls from Hamilton came third.

The MPC is designed to expand senior secondary school economics students' understanding of monetary policy, and it links to NCEA achievement standards.

The national final took place at the Reserve Bank in Wellington yesterday and was hotly contested. The judges were Assistant Governor John McDermott and two Bank economists, Tony Wolken and Gillian Lawrence.

The judges said that all finalists performed to a very high standard, and selecting the winning school was an especially difficult task this year. They were particularly impressed with the depth of economic understanding shown by the Rangitoto College team.

"They answered a number of difficult questions with great composure and teamwork. They clearly demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of economic relationships," the judges said.

Rangitoto College won $2,500 in prize money for their school and will visit the Reserve Bank on 13 September to watch the announcement of the next Monetary Policy Statement by Governor Alan Bollard. …

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