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 22nd 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:


Bill Ellwood

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

This is his 14th year!

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.

MathsDigest FB advertBill has written and published eight maths text books during his career and is the writer and editor of the Maths Digest whose website is https://mathsdigest.net

Earlier this year he rewrote and modernised the Maths Digest into an international website written especially to help maths teachers.

It has several thousand pages of unusual maths lessons which teachers are encouraged to use.

He is quite proud of it!

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.

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Bill 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 Jones

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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 recently achieved her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland and fortunately for us has found time to continue 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.

Again 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. Again 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 relieving teacher at Queenspark School in Christchurch.

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


Paul Newsom

Paul NewsomPaul has written the Money, Money, Money, section of Maths Week.

This is an important section to give students an understanding of finance. It is written for our Levels 4 and 5. Good students from Level 3 should also have a go!

Teacher’s help and encouragement is also needed.

Paul brings a hugely varied range of experiences to the team at Young Enterprise. He has worked on everything from solar power installations in Botswana, to food factories in England, to sewage works in Wellington, to exhibition halls in Israel. He was self-employed for many years before catching the Young Enterprise bug. Now he motivates teachers and students nationwide to get into entrepreneurship and financial literacy. His talents extend far beyond working with people – he is training to run a ½ marathon, and can always be relied upon to provide amazing baking!


Alan Paris

alan parris2Alan was the instigator of Maths Week in 1998.

It was his idea.

He became the driving force.

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

One of his many legacies is Maths Week which he was very proud of. 

Alan Parris 1949 – 2018.



The Design Company

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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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