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About Maths Week

Maths Week was established by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) in 1998.  It is a premier mathematics event in the New Zealand school calendar, gaining the attention of an estimated audience of more than 250,000 students, teachers and parents from around New Zealand in August each year.

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The team behind Maths Week includes the following people and organisations:

Gillian Frankcom - Editor

Gillian Frankcom 2023Gillian has been involved in Mathematics Education since 1982. She has taught in Secondary and primary classrooms, in New Zealand and in London prior to moving here in 1992. She is President of NZAMT and an executive member of the AMA. Gillian writes questions with others for AMA Mathex Competitions and writes for NZAMT on occasion. She moved into Teacher Education Mathematics in 2004 when she joined ACE which later that year became the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. Gillian gained first her masters and then a PhD in 2016, the subject for both was Maths Anxiety. This is very close to her heart and her mission in life is to help find better and more interesting ways to teach mathematics, including the use of mathematical investigations.


Tony Davidson

Tony Davidson

Tony taught for several years, many of them spent as an HOD.  In 1989, he held a teaching fellowship at Canterbury University (his alma mater).  He spent nine years working at NZQA as an assessment officer, primarily in the tertiary sector.  Since 2004, he has worked on contract for various organisations, gradually winding down in recent years;  a number of those contracts have been in various roles associated with NCEA.  He has been a national mathematics/statistics examiner in both the secondary and tertiary sectors.  In1991, he was an inaugural recipient of a Jim Campbell award for Excellence in Teaching, and he is a life member of the Canterbury Mathematical Association.


Dr Pip Arnold

Pip Arnold

Pip has been involved in mathematics and statistics education for over 35 years.  She has been a head of department, secondary mathematics facilitator and managed the primary mathematics contract.  Currently, Pip supports mathematics and statistics teachers from years 1 - 13 through PLD, curriculum and resource development and sharing her interest in statistics education and cross-curricular learning.  Pip is a long-standing member of the New Zealand Statistical Association education committee, a member of the Auckland Mathematical Association executive and on the executive of the International Association for Statistical Education. Pip recently published a resource book for teachers in years 1-11 on Statistical Investigations | Te Tūhuratanga Tauanga.  


Mandy Attard

Mandy Attard

Mandy started teaching maths in the UK, and apart from a short hiatus working in IT, has continued to hone her skills teaching Year 7 and upwards for more years than is polite to mention!  Currently at Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Mandy has been involved with the ALiM (Accelerated Learning in Mathematics) program.  Mandy also supports local primary schools’ maths extension programs, and is a current volunteer member of the Australian Maths Trust School Focus Group.  With the assistance of her son, she manages, which provides an online environment to accelerate the learning of basic facts.  Mandy was the recipient of a Jim Campbell Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017.


Shane Barr

Shane Barr

Shane has been working with gifted and talented students and extending their learning in mathematics for more than 16 years.  He is also experienced at helping struggling mathematicians at Years 7 and 8.  Shane’s commitment to giving back to the mathematics community is shown through his involvement with the Canterbury Mathematical Association as a member of their executive since 2017.  His involvement with the CMA has led to his organising and leading professional development for teachers in Years 7-10, and contributing to the organisation of the annual Cantamath competition. Shane's contribution to the NZ maths community was recognised with the presentation of the Jim Campbell Award (2022). He is currently broadening his understanding of mathematics teaching at a secondary level, while teaching overseas at A. B. Paterson College in Queensland, Australia .


Kim Madden

Kim Madden

Kim is a Mathematics Mentor working for Massey University.  Her role is to provide research-led professional development and in-class support to teachers across the country.  

She has been teaching in the Primary sector for over 20 years, having small breaks to learn and teach in the Netherlands.  She has qualifications in Accelerating Learning in Mathematics, Maths Support Teacher and is currently completing her Master in Education (Mathematics) .   Kim was a primary school mathematics specialist teacher and an across-school leader for her local Kāhui Ako.  

She is a writer of the Mathematics and Statistics curriculum refresh, the common practice model, and was a panellist for the Literacy & Communication and Maths Strategy.   Kim is also a recipient of the Jim Campbell award for Excellence in Teaching.


Alan Parris

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Alan was the instigator of Maths Week in 1998.  It was his idea, he became the driving force, and wrote Maths Week resources in the early years.  In 2017, he was awarded MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to mathematical education.  Alan is a former president and a life member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers.

Alan passed away in 2018.


Bill Ellwood


Bill wrote much of the material for Maths Week each year between 2006 and 2019.  He co-authored several mathematics textbooks, and for several years was the writer and editor of the Maths Digest.  Bill is a former president and a life member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers.

Bill passed away in 2021.


The Design Company

The Design Company is a Christchurch based web site development & graphic design company proud to be supporting Mathsweek.

The work in design and management of the Mathsweek site is outstanding and much appreciated.

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