About Maths Week

Maths Week 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.

In its 21st year of operation Maths Week has moved from strength to strength and this year there are more interactive mathematics and more challenges! It continues with nine interactive games.

Maths Week is the creation of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT), a registered charity with the following aims:

Find out more about NZAMT at http://www.nzamt.org.nz/

The team behind Maths Week includes the following people and organisations

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


alan parris

Alan Parris

Alan has been the driving force of Maths Week since it started in 1998.

Alan Parris, MNZM and NZAMT Life Member, sadly passed away on Saturday 21 April 2018.

Alan played a huge part in Mathematics Week from the starting of it in 1998 and the organising and writing of it through to 2017.

He was on the executive of NZAMT for 25 years, was a Past President and played many other roles integral to the work NZAMT does.

Alan won many awards for mathematics including The B H Neumann Award from the Australian Mathematics Trust for outstanding contribution to the enrichment of mathematics.

Last year he was awarded a New Zealand Maths Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the teaching of mathematics.

Alan Parris garageAlan retired as Head of Maths Department at Linwood College in Christchurch. He taught at this school for over 40 years.

In the Queen’s Honours list of 2017 Alan was awarded the MNZOM  (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to Mathematics Education. This was well deserved.

He was also a huge lover of billiards and vintage cars.

Alan made a big difference to so many lives and not only in education. He truly was about helping people in whatever way he could.

Alan Parris 1949 – 2018.


Bill Ellwood

Bill Ellwood

Bill Ellwood is co-ordinator and writer of Maths Week in 2000 and since 2006.

Bill retired as Head of the Maths Department at Burnside High School, Christchurch in 2006.

Since then he has taught mathematics part-time to high achievers in Years 6, 7, 8 at Westburn Primary School in Christchurch.

Bill also taught Algebra in 2009 to students at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. From 2007 until 2012 Bill ran mathematics classes on Saturdays for gifted students.

Bill has written and published eight maths text books during his career and is the writer and editor of the Maths Digest whose website is http://www.mathsdigest.net/

After 52 years of teaching mathematics to High School students he remains totally passionate about his profession and has specialised in teaching to high ability, gifted and talented students.

crusaders logoBill is a past President and life member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, and the Canterbury Mathematical Association.

When Bill closes the maths books he can be found with his wife, Linda, in Wigram enjoying retirement and writing Mathsweek!

His interests are movies and travel. He enjoyed teaching extension mathematics on a Friday at Westburn School up until last year.

Bill is still a keen supporter of the Crusaders!

Tamara JonesTamara Jones

Tamara has been writing the Maths Week Survivor Series at Level 2 since 2011.

She has taught at several schools around South Auckland including Farm Cove Intermediate. Tamara has been working on her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland and fortunately for us has found time to write for Mathsweek. This year she is also writing the Daily Dollar section for Level 2 students too.

Tamara has great support from her husband Warren and their three young mathematicians Abbie, Matty, and Finn.

Tamara is now the Assistant Principal at Farm Cove Intermediate in Auckland.

This year Tamara and her daughter Abbie asked her Extension Literacy Class at Farm Cove Intermediate School to use their imaginations and write the Survivor Series story for Mathsweek. They tested out their maths questions and answers with some students of Year 3 and 4 from Wakaaranga School.  The younger students loved coming over to be guinea pigs!

The student’s efforts and results are outstanding. With Abbie advising, it has become quite an entertaining story!

Tamara says that her class found writing for a younger audience and not using big words was a challenge. Her students now have a new appreciation for authors such as Roald Dahl!

Kate SimmondsKate Simmonds

Kate is a very experienced and outstanding teacher who has been writing for Maths Week since 2011.

Her writings for Level 1 in the Survivor Series have met with much appreciation from teachers throughout New Zealand. This year she is writing the Daily Dollar section for Level 1 students too.

Kate has taught at several schools in Auckland and Christchurch and has held senior positions. This year she is much appreciated as a teacher at Queenspark School in Christchurch.

Kate too has great support from husband Tim and their children.

The Total Team

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Their team of engineers have wide experience in analysing and configuring networks, with a particular focus on security and service.

The Total Team has been a much valued supporter of Mathsweek and Host since 2006.


The Design Company

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

Phone: 021 280 0071

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