During the July holidays, five students represented New Zealand at the Australasian Economics Olympiad in Sydney. The New Zealand team included King's College student Hugo Dixon (Year 13, School) and was accompanied by teachers Jacob Samuel of King's College and Neil McMillan of ACG Parnell.
The competition consisted of an individual component (an economics theory exam) and a team component (addressing a "real-life" economic problem). Each team was tasked with the challenge of evaluating the current scenario and preparing and presenting the policies they would advise their government to implement to improve outcomes in this area.
The New Zealand team was well represented by students from across New Zealand and did admirably well in the team group section gaining a silver medal. The competition was hosted by the University of New South Wales, and participating teams also had the rare opportunity to visit the Australian Treasury and the Reserve Bank and listen to and meet a range of economists working there.