The NZ Mathematics Olympiad Committee is a dedicated committee of University lecturers and students, Mathematics teachers, and interested mathematicians who identify, select and mentor gifted and talented students through an annual programme of participation in international Olympiad competitions to give them an immense kick start to their mathematical careers. In turn former Olympians contribute to the next generations programmes by joining the committee and running the mentor programmes.
The committee is endorsed and supported by the NZ Mathematical Enrichment Trust, the NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers, the NZ Maths Olympiad Students Association, Universities and some companies.
The NZMOC provides activities for the enrichment and advancement of gifted and talented mathematical students under 19 and not enrolled in a university, through their website and hosting an annual week long residential camp in January. From this students are selected to attend the International Mathematical Olympiad in July - the toughest mathematical competition in the world.
First competed for in Romania in 1959 the competition has grown to over 100 countries sending teams of up to six. This makes it the oldest and largest Olympiad competition. New Zealand has competed with distinction since 1988 when it was hosted in Australia.
New Zealand has successfully competed in 36 International Olympiads with 2 – Gold, 12 - Silver, 59 – Bronze and 67 - Honourable Mentions. For full results go to the the IMO website.
The 2023 IMO was held in Chiba, Japan, with a pre-IOM camp held in Auckland, where the team sat a number of mock exams. We also introduced a new mascot to the world: Ramsey the ram.
The 2023 Results were: Bufan (Brian) Zhao (ACG Parnell College) gained a bronze medal. Dawn Chen (St Cuthbert's College), Boning (Jerry) Dai (Auckland Grammar School), Eric Liang (ACG Parnell College), JunYang (Michael) Ma (Pinehurst School) and Haotian Wang (Auckland Grammar School) all gained Honourable Mentions. The team finished in 64th place, with a perfect score on problem 1. The students were great ambassadors for New Zealand and were very popular amongst other teams at the competition.
The 2024 IMO will be held in Bath, UK.