University Challenge

University of Auckland students put their knowledge to the test on New Zealand television.

University Challenge Team - David Parfitt, Sana Oshika, Lucy Harrison, Alistair Kendrick and Hemanth Nair.
(from left) David Parfitt, Sana Oshika, Lucy Harrison, Alistair Kendrick and Hemanth Nair.

University Challenge, the general knowledge contest among New Zealand universities, has returned with a brand new series screening on Prime. Each week, rival universities across the country will match wits to see who has superior general knowledge and the ultimate mental dexterity.

University Challenge screens on Prime TV, Saturdays at 7pm. Check out the University Challenge Facebook page for more information or Sky TV for past episodes.

 

Meet the team

Alistair Kendrick

Alistair Kendrick

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: Postgraduate diploma in biological sciences.
Strongest subjects: History, geography, science, classics.
Hobbies: Debating, scouts, skiing, quizzes.
Fun fact: I'm a member of the current national pub quiz champion team.

Sana Oshika

Sana Oshika

Hometown: Born in Tokyo, Japan. Raised in West Auckland.
Currently studying: Final year BSc in Computer Science.
Strongest subjects: Literature, science, the periodic table.
Hobbies: Cooking, films, scuba diving.
Fun fact: I've had lunch with one of the co-creators of Tetris.

 
 
 

 

Hemanth Nair

Hemanth Nair

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: BA (Hons) in politics.
Strongest subjects: History, politics, modern literature.
Hobbies: Posting inspirational quotes on Facebook so as to brighten everyone's day.
Fun fact: I collect mispronunciations of my name. 'Hammond', as in the organ, being my favourite.

 

David Parfitt

David Parfitt

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: Graduate Diploma in History and English.
Strongest subjects: History, art history, music.
Hobbies: Socialism, cricket, wine.
Fun fact: I worked on a farming commune in Cuba for a month.

 
 
 
 

Inter-Faculty University Challenge 2015


Arts has done it again - Interfaculty University Challenge champions for the second year in a row!

Once again, Law put up a strong fight but Arts was too strong, taking out the competition 385-270. Congratulations to both teams and thank you to all the spectators who came along.

 
 

 

2015 Interfaculty University Challenge winners - Arts
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge winners - Arts.
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge runners-up - Law
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge runners-up - Law.
 
 
 
 

About University Challenge


As with the British show, "starter" questions are answered individually "on the buzzer", and are worth 10 points. The team answering a starter correctly gets a set of "bonus" questions worth a potential fifteen points, over which they can confer.

An incorrect interruption of a starter resulted in a five point penalty. The pace of questioning gradually increases through the show, becoming almost frantic in the last minute or so before the "gong" which signals the end of the game.

In the event of a tied score at the sound of the gong, a "sudden death" question will be asked. In this circumstance the first team to answer correctly will be been deemed the winner, with the process repeated until one or other of the teams answers correctly

Teams consisted of four members, each representing a single New Zealand university. Each team must have one reserve member.

More information on University Challenge 
(source: Wikipedia)

For more information on the University of Auckland University Challenge team please email: whatson@auckland.ac.nz

 
 
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Sana Oshika

Sana Oshika

Hometown: Born in Tokyo, Japan. Raised in West Auckland.
Currently studying: Final year BSc in Computer Science.
Strongest subjects: Literature, science, the periodic table.
Hobbies: Cooking, films, scuba diving.
Fun fact: I've had lunch with one of the co-creators of Tetris.

 
 
 

 

Hemanth Nair

Hemanth Nair

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: BA (Hons) in politics.
Strongest subjects: History, politics, modern literature.
Hobbies: Posting inspirational quotes on Facebook so as to brighten everyone's day.
Fun fact: I collect mispronunciations of my name. 'Hammond', as in the organ, being my favourite.

 

David Parfitt

David Parfitt

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: Graduate Diploma in History and English.
Strongest subjects: History, art history, music.
Hobbies: Socialism, cricket, wine.
Fun fact: I worked on a farming commune in Cuba for a month.

 
 
 
 

Inter-Faculty University Challenge 2015


Arts has done it again - Interfaculty University Challenge champions for the second year in a row!

Once again, Law put up a strong fight but Arts was too strong, taking out the competition 385-270. Congratulations to both teams and thank you to all the spectators who came along.

 
 

 

2015 Interfaculty University Challenge winners - Arts
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge winners - Arts.
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge runners-up - Law
2015 Interfaculty University Challenge runners-up - Law.
 
 
 
 

About University Challenge


As with the British show, "starter" questions are answered individually "on the buzzer", and are worth 10 points. The team answering a starter correctly gets a set of "bonus" questions worth a potential fifteen points, over which they can confer.

An incorrect interruption of a starter resulted in a five point penalty. The pace of questioning gradually increases through the show, becoming almost frantic in the last minute or so before the "gong" which signals the end of the game.

In the event of a tied score at the sound of the gong, a "sudden death" question will be asked. In this circumstance the first team to answer correctly will be been deemed the winner, with the process repeated until one or other of the teams answers correctly

Teams consisted of four members, each representing a single New Zealand university. Each team must have one reserve member.

More information on University Challenge 
(source: Wikipedia)

For more information on the University of Auckland University Challenge team please email: whatson@auckland.ac.nz

 
 
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Sana Oshika

Sana Oshika

Hometown: Born in Tokyo, Japan. Raised in West Auckland.
Currently studying: Final year BSc in Computer Science.
Strongest subjects: Literature, science, the periodic table.
Hobbies: Cooking, films, scuba diving.
Fun fact: I've had lunch with one of the co-creators of Tetris.

Hemanth Nair

Hemanth Nair

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: BA (Hons) in politics.
Strongest subjects: History, politics, modern literature.
Hobbies: Posting inspirational quotes on Facebook so as to brighten everyone's day.
Fun fact: I collect mispronunciations of my name. 'Hammond', as in the organ, being my favourite.

David Parfitt

David Parfitt

Hometown: Auckland.
Currently studying: Graduate Diploma in History and English.
Strongest subjects: History, art history, music.
Hobbies: Socialism, cricket, wine.
Fun fact: I worked on a farming commune in Cuba for a month.