Challenge to teens to shape NZ future

22:58, Aug 05 2012

Southland teenagers are having a say about what the future may hold.

Tomorrow's leaders are being asked to reveal what they think New Zealand will be like in 2050 in a competition being launched by Massey University and Westpac.

Flying cars, holographic pets and a population explosion are parts of the picture New Zealand teenagers are painting for the country's future, a pre-competition survey shows.

Teens are being challenged to upload a two-minute video of their vision of New Zealand in 2050, and the challenges they think they will face. Up to 20 finalists, chosen by online voting and an expert judging panel, will attend a mentored workshop in Auckland.

The overall winner will address the opening of a two-day thought leaders' forum, It's Our Future, at a symposium in Auckland on December 3 and 4.

The competition is open until August 26.

Online voting closes on September 7, with finalists announced on September 14.

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