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 17th 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:

  • Acts as a resource and advocate for promoting mathematics in New Zealand
  • Makes grants to organisations (including schools or other charities)
  • Sponsors and undertakes research
  • Provides advice / information / advocacy
  • Provides human resources (e.g. staff / volunteers)
  • Acts as an umbrella / resource body

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

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

Bill Ellwood

Bill Ellwood

Bill Ellwood is co-ordinator and writer of Maths Week 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 specialises in teaching to high ability, gifted and talented students.

Bill is a life member of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, and the Canterbury Mathematical Association.

When Bill closes the maths books he can usually be found with his wife, Linda, in Wigram enjoying retirement and writing Mathsweek. His interests are movies and travel. He enjoys teaching extension mathematics on a Friday at Westburn School and is still a keen supporter of the Crusaders!

Alan Parris

Alan Parris

Alan has been the driving force of Maths Week since it started in 2000.

Alan has managed and organised the site and its sponsorship for the seventeen years it has been going. The fact that the number of students registered in 2015 was over 250 000 shows what a huge success and influence it is.

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

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

Alan has retired as Head of Maths Department at Linwood College. He taught at this school for over 40 years.

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

Alan and his wife Liz are developing their property in the east of Christchurch. His interests are in rebuilding vintage cars and the sport of billiards where he is President of the New Zealand Association.


Tamara Jones

Tamara has been writing the Mathsweek Survivor Series at Level 2 since 2011. She has taught at several schools around South Auckland including Farm Cove Intermediate. Tamara is 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.

Kate Simmonds

Kate is a very experienced and outstanding teacher who has been writing for Mathsweek 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 appreciated as a part-time teacher at Queenspark School.

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

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