This competition for students in years 9 to 11 (forms 3 to 5) was initiated in 1985 by Professor Derek Holton of the University of Otago Mathematics and Statistics Department, shortly after his appointment. The competition is administered by a manager from within the Department. Other members of the Department help by writing questions, marking them, and determining the winners.
Students can participate in this one-hour competition, answering up to six questions in the time allowed. Strong emphasis is placed on their ability to write down good mathematical explanations for their answers. The questions tend to be problem-solving and unusual, so reading and analysis are important in addition to mathematics. Although the same questions are asked for each year level, students only compete against others in their own year level. Topics cover a range of the mathematics curriculum, but there are usually always logic and geometry questions.
The competition attracts around 10 000 entries from about 250 participating schools each year. It takes place on the same day at schools throughout the country, on a date late in March or early in April. Prizes of up to $300 are offered for the winners.
For more information visit the official website here.
The top 15% of students in each year level receive a Certificate of Merit; Top 100 and Top 200 certificates are also offered, as well as 27 outstanding awards and placings
$5-$6 NZD for entry
A good level of knowledge is required to do well in the competition
One hour one-off event
Information on how to enter will be emailed to every secondary school in the country during late January or early February, 2020.
Entries can be completed online.