Future Transport Competition 2017

Competition update for 2018

The NZ Transport Agency will not be running the Future Transport Competition for schools in 2018.

This decision was not made lightly as the value of the competition has been significant. However, due to timing of the competition and current recruitment for education specialist expertise it was a necessary requirement.

Thanks again to all schools that entered the Future Transport Competition 2017. The competition was a great success in supporting students to learn active citizenship and design thinking.  The transport system provided an authentic context that sparked creativity and deep thinking.

For any questions about the NZ Transport Agency schools programme, please email Andrew Joel or phone 04 894 5400.

Here are the winners - congratulations to all

View all the winners and highly commended entries

Winners: Best Games
Showcase page with videos, playable games and judges' comments.

Winners: Best Narratives
Showcase page with videos, stories and judges' comments.

Video: Karen Spencer, Chair of the judging panel talks about the quality of entries seen across the competition.

Competition Summary

Slide 1 of Future Transport Competition Summary

Future Transport Competition Summary (PDF, 548 KB)

Lucky Draw

The winners of the lucky draw are Diocesan School For Girls, Arrowtown Primary School, Omokoroa No.1 School, Rolleston College, Whangaparaoa College, Rosehill Intermediate School. Each school has won $1000 in gift vouchers.

For further updates on the Transport Agency's education programme, please follow via Twitter.

Twitter: @NZTAeducation

Entries closed on Friday 30 June.

Think like citizens of the future, today. Investigate challenges and opportunities. Imagine solutions and question systems. Share your ideas for the future of transport.

Career Profile Posters

Career Profile posters for Future Transport Competition
Download a six page poster set: Career profiles of game designers and professional story tellers(PDF, 1.63 MB)
Also available from 2016:
Career profiles + advice for young game designers (PDF, 1.38 MB)
Educators discuss game design (PDF, 1.29 MB)

Watch: Competition judge Karen Spencer outlines the competition categories and  judging criteria.

What you need to know

Who? New Zealand school students in Years 1–13

Team size: Three or more students


1. Narrative

2. Playable game

What students did:

>Investigate challenges and opportunities in transport in New Zealand.

>Create solutions, raise questions or explore possibilities for the future.

>Turn your ideas into a playable game or narrative.

>Share your ideas in your school community, then enter online.

Deadline: Friday 30 June 2017, 5pm

What students were asked to enter


Entries can take many forms. Just as long as you meet the judging criteria and can put it together in no more than two files or links.

Hint: we're looking for dynamic and engaging presentations with student voice.

Your main file could be a:

  • written article, story or essay
  • photo essay or photovoice project
  • GIS mapping or geospatial data project
  • poster or infographic
  • statistical or scientific investigation
  • digital presentation with student narration
  • video up to 5 minutes long (animated, documentary, drama etc).

Your research document (optional 2nd file) may contain:

  • further evidence of your investigation, project development or sharing of ideas.

Playable games:

Games could be:

  • digital (desktop, browser, tablet or phone)
  • board game, trading card game, simulation/drama game or physical activity.

Entries should have up to three files or links.

1. The game as a single file or link. Non-digital games can include a link to a video or photos of the game in action.

2. A research document which explains how you investigated your topic and evidence you shared the game in your school community.

3. Digital game entries will need to include a link to a video walk-through of the game (max 2 minutes).

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‘NetSafe supports schools that face safety and security challenges related to digital technology. NetSafe is a ‘safety partner’ by providing online safety advice to schools and young people if required during their participation in the competition.’