Previous winners

Read about previous competition participants, winning entries and the questions the teams worked on.

2017 results

The 2017 question was:

“How many rocket launches from Mahia Peninsula would it take to establish a lunar colony?”

180 teams took part with entries from 70 schools throughout New Zealand.

Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)
Team 1003 from Kristin School (Mixed Year 12/13): Jake Lyons, Amar Hamilton Vincent, Felicity Qin, Joshua Sampson

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 1116 from ACG Parnell College (Year 13): Arnav Shetty, Angus Berrington, Raghav Ramachandran, Daniel Jeng
  • Team 1131 from Mahurangi College (Year 13): Nathaniel Bedggood, Matthew Torckler, Jack Yarndley, Rupert Power

Highly commended

  • Team 1108 from ACG Parnell College (Year 12): Joel Hutchinson, Dunbar Sloane, Alexander Kilmartin and WIlliam Winspear
  • Team 1161 from ACG Parnell College (Year 12): Taylor Thorp, Ana Bogosanovic, Mark Hutchinson and Lachlan Broadhurst
  • Team 1060 from Kaitaia College (Year 13): Brendan Bell, Morgan Dolfing, Jacinta Van der Linden and Hannah Wetzel
  • Team 1040 from Lynfield College (Year 13): Angela Zhang, Yujia Wu, Daniel Adams and Jia Dua
  • Team 1051 from Saint Kentigern College (Mixed Year 12/13): Andrew Yian Chen, Tate McGregor, David Thibaud and Joshua Looker
  • Team 1141 from Wentworth College (Year 13): Robin Langdon, Tait Fuller and Alexander Gregory
  • Team 1049 from Whanganui High School (Year 13): Alister Hughes, Jesse Satherley, Liam Jones and Vitek Sosnowski
  • Team 1185 from Whangaparaoa College (Mixed Year 12/13): Regan James, Emma Hamilton, Connor Gentry and Harry Cull

2016 results

The 2016 question was:

“What is the fastest humanly possible time for the Olympic 100m freestyle event?”

 

Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)
Team 1089 from Saint Kentigern College (Year 13): Kevin Shen, Henry Mellsop, James Hansen, Cameron Low

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 1046 from Whangarei Girls’ High School (Year 13): Grace Elliot, Aria Zhang, Rebeca McKean, Mihi Shepherd
  • Team 1064 from Hamilton Boys’ High School (Year 13): Jacob Cheatley, David Lee, Christopher Mayo, Lachlan Cate

Highly commended

  • Team 1007 from King's College (Year 13): Amay Aggarwal, William Wang, Max Wilson, Luke Hindmarsh
  • Team 1027 from Kristin School (Mixed Year 12/13): David Cui, Hyeongjin Kim, Tina Zhang, Felicity Qin
  • Team 1066 from St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton (Year 13): James Krippner, Blair Foster, Craig Stocker
  • Team 1099 from John McGlashan College (Year 13): Louis Jennings, Luke Nie, James Anderson, Matthew Dockerty
  • Team 1119 from St Cuthbert's College (Year 12): Noor Al-Shamma, Amy Song, Stacey Tian, Joia Che
  • Team 1169 from Scots College (Mixed year 12/13): Andrew Tang, Freddie Strauss, Brendan Patrick, Henry Fox
  • Team 1174 from Sacred Heart College Auckland (Year 12/13): Heinrich Metzler, John Gorham, Conor Nelson, Daniel Koenigsperger

2015 results

The 2015 question was:

“If a New Zealand student uploads a video clip that goes viral, how long will it take before 1% of the world’s population has seen it?”


Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)
Team 1153 from Wanganui High School (Year 13): Elia Nicolin, Amaan Merchant, Julian Schurhammer

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 1020 from ACG Parnell College (Mixed Year 12/13):
    Sheng Wang, Timo van Veenendaal, James Chung, Yu-Hao Liu
  • Team 1111 from Kristin School (Mixed year 12/13):
    Hyeongjin Kim, Yan Tian Zhang, Jack Liu, Marco Tyler-Rodrigue

Highly commended

  • Team 1004 from St Peter’s School Cambridge (Mixed Year 12/13): Anthony Wilson, Scott Yearbury, Samuel Frengley, Fraser Rose
  • Team 1059 from Wellington College (Mixed Year 12/13): Logan Wu, Callum Li, Jay Deshpande, Sebastian On
  • Team 1011 from Westlake Boys' High School (Year 13): George Han, Ritchie Li, Tony Liu, Harry Deare
  • Team 1088 from Saint Kentigern College (Mixed Year 12/13): Meheer Zaveri, Oscar Sims, Jed Robertson, Kevin Shen
  • Team 1052 from Hamilton Boys' High School (Mixed Year 12/13): Christopher Mayo, David Lee, Jacob Cheatley, Stephen Burroughs
  • Team 1143 from Selwyn College (Year 13): Stephen Bayley, Matthew Chen, Luka Cosic, Kiska Ababa
  • Team 1058 from Auckland International College (Year 12): Ngoc Minh Thu Nguyen, Miles Lee, Bao Nguyen, Pham Ngoc Quyen
  • Team 1144 from ACG Sunderland (Mixed Year 12/13): Mark Smith, Natasha Manuson, Anurag Nadgir, Tirth Thakar

2014 results

The 2014 question was:

"If Mount Taranaki erupted, how much would it cost the aviation industry?"

New Zealand is home to over 60 volcanoes and is located in the middle of the Australasian and Pacific volcanic plates. At the same time, New Zealand has an estimated 2,700,000 tourist visitors annually. The potential for a volcanic eruption at Mt Taranaki to disrupt and adversely affect the Aviation industry was analysed by our teams in 2014.

Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)

Team 1182 from Matamata College (Year 13): Renae White, Seamus Bardoul, Philip ten Houte de Lange, Kelly Petersen

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 1097 from Saint Kentigern College (Mixed year 11/12): Meheer Zaveri, Oscar Sims, Kevin Shen, Jed Robertson
  • Team 1148 from St Peter's School Cambridge (Mixed year 12/13): Lachlan Glass, Louis Kohn-Taylor, Fraser Rose, Hayden Fenn-Wells

Highly commended

  • Team 1042 from Kristin School (Year 12): Sharn Fonseka, Grant Holtes, Amelia Vincent, Matthew Sinclair
  • Team 1157 from Western Springs College (Year 13): Charles Jackson, Tanya Peart, Yue Zhang, Sacha Knight
  • Team 1023 from Macleans College (Year 13): Samuel Attard, Jim Wang, Benjamin Yi, Jenny Chiang
  • Team 1155 from Westlake Boys' High School (Year 13): Danial Valikhani, Matthew Bilton, Jeffrey Choy, Campbell Wang
  • Team 1132 from Macleans College (Year 13): Yatharth Mitra, Harpreet Singh, Aditya Arora, Pulkit Kalra
  • Team 1110 from Whangarei Boys' High School (Year 13): Brad Miller, Tim Gordon, Simon Wong, Shaan Hill

2013 results

The 2013 question was:

"The aim of Project Loon is to ensure everyone on the planet has access to the internet, by creating a balloon-powered network. How many balloons would be required to provide balloon-powered internet coverage to all of New Zealand?”

Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)

Team 1152 from Westlake Boys High School (Year 13): Kevin Howe, Guy Hermanoche, Callum Lamont and Eugene Fong

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 1045 from Botany Downs Secondary College (Year 13): Tzu-Jui Lin, Daniel Cheah, William Teng and David Long
  • Team 1141 from Matamata College (Mixed): Timothy Gray, Liam Nelson, Kelly Petersen and Renae White

Highly commended

  • Team 1014 from Rangitoto College (Mixed years): Fangzhou Jiang , Duo Ao Sun, Scott Huang and Jin Kyu Lim
  • Team 1085 ACG Strathallan College (Mixed years): Navneet Singh, Sehwan Park, Eric Jou and Glenn JouTeam 1023 Hillcrest High School
  • Team 1018 from Macleans College (Mixed years): Charisse Kuo, Samuel R Attard, Mu-ming Pan and Ian Seong
  • Team 1096 Kristin School (Year 13): Jason Cheng and Lingshu Liu
  • Team 1035 St Peter’s School (Year 13): Karl Alexander Peez, Hayden Thomas Moore and Daniel Ross Barker
  • Team 1114 Burnside High School (Year 13): Lilian Felicity Anne Clark, Eva Lok, Ashley Farquahrson and Michaela Dobson
  • Team 1075 Otumoetai College (Year 13): Cameron Bryce Apeldoorn, Seumas Mackinnon Beeedie, Lucas James de Rijk and Conrad Jeffery Dale
  • Team 1188 Bayfield High School (Year 13): Shaun Tocher, Indy Griffiths, Greg Underwood and Robert Polak

2012 results

The problem centred on Felix Baumgartner's planned record breaking high altitude skydive attempt, which he successfully completed on 14 October (2012).

Felix jumped from a height of 39km, launching himself from a capsule suspended beneath a balloon, at the edge of space. After Felix landed, a remote triggering system released the capsule from the balloon. The question asked on competition day was:

"In the event that electronic tracking is unavailable, what size search area is required in order to retrieve the capsule?"

143 teams took part, with entries from 69 schools all over New Zealand.

Winners

The Pullan Prize for first place ($6,000)

Team 3082 from Saint Kentigern College (Year 13):
Samuel Gilmour, John Theakston, Joe Lu and James Gardner

Runners up ($2,000 for each team)

  • Team 2005 from Botany Downs Secondary College (Year 13): Jenny Nguyen, Antara Nahian, Carla Sy and Clariss Wong
  • Team 3009 from Lynfield College (Year 12): Tim Hight, Jack Barker, Nick Waddington and Akash Charles

Highly commended

  • Team 2018 from Mount Albert Grammar School (Year 13): Matthew Battley, Taliesin Budvietas and Max Ashmore
  • Team 3024 from Green Bay High School (Mixed): Joses Bell, Grace Kapma, Jacob Neville-Smith and Jordan Wong
  • Team 3038 from King's College (Year 13): Richard Ngo, Jamie Beaton, Robert Wang and Cameron Kendall
  • Team 3046 from Matamata College (Mixed): Chris Earl, Kieran Hines, Thomas Schweizer and Timothy Gray
  • Team 3083 from ACG Senior College (Year 13): Hyunjin Ahn, Gabriel Thompson de Wit and Marcel Soanes
  • Team 3061 from Dilworth School (Year 13): Rommel Layco, Zac Johns, Bowen Shi and Adam Sowerby-Parlane

Special mention

Team 3074 from Tauranga Boys' College (Year 13): Matthew Robert Knox, Craig Balfour, Isaac Gilmour and Daniel Robertson, for the software they wrote to answer the question, which included a very nice graphical user interface.

Previous questions

2011 

"If a severe Tsunami warning was issued, how long would it take to evacuate the 13,000 people who live on Te Atatu Peninsula?"

2010

"How much fuel is required for a manned mission to Mars?"

2009

"Could New Zealanders save enough electricity via energy efficiency improvements in homes to avoid New Zealand requiring an additional power station being constructed?"