A scholarship aimed at encouraging university students to think critically about tax policy has been launched by the Tax Policy Charitable Trust.
The Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarship is worth $5000 and available to support one year of study for those majoring in taxation at Victoria University of Wellington or tax law at the University of Auckland.
It will be awarded annually to a student at each university.
University of Auckland (Auckland) – Eligibility
University of Auckland students undertaking postgraduate study in tax law can apply if they are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and meet certain academic criteria.
Applications close 20 February. Read more about the University of Auckland eligibility.
Victoria University (Wellington) – Eligibility
Those at Victoria University must be undergraduates in at least their third year of studying taxation and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.
As part of the application process, they will also have to write an essay on the challenges facing the New Zealand tax system and supply a personal statement outlining how they meet the scholarship criteria and the impact is could have on their studies.
Selection will be based on academic merit as well as the quality of their essay.
Applications close 31 July. Read more about the Victoria eligibility.
About the scholarship
The Robin Oliver Scholarship recognises tax expert and former IRD Deputy Commissioner Robin Oliver for his continued contributions to New Zealand tax policy.
The Tax Policy Charitable Trust hopes it will support and encourage university students to strive for excellence in tax policy and discover solutions to the concerns of today and the future.
The trust was established in 2012 by generous support from Ian Kuperus and Tax Management NZ.