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 30 International Olympiads with 1 – Gold, 10 - Silver, 50 – Bronze and 49 - Honourable Mentions. For full results go to the IMO website
The 2012 IMO was held in Mar del Plata, Argentina; 2013 was in Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014 was in Cape Town, South Africa; 2015 was in Chiang Mai, Thailand; 2016 was in Hong Kong and 2017 was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12 – 23 July.
The 2017 Results were : Yiannis Fam (Wellington College), William Han (MacLeans College) and Andrew Chen (St Kentigerns College) all gained a Bronze Medal, with Yiannis only one point away from Silver. Stacey Tian (St Cuthbert's College), Keiran Lewellen (Te Kura) and Xutong Wang (Auckland International College) all gained Honourable Mentions and were all only 1 or 2 points away from medaling. The team finished in 46th place, which is the fourth best result New Zealand has ever had in the IMO competition. The students were great ambassadors for New Zealand and were very popular amongst other teams at the competition.
The 2019 IMO will be held in Bath, United Kingdom.