Department of Engineering Science

New Zealand Engineering Science competition

This is our annual problem-solving competition for teams of secondary students. Organised by the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, it's sponsored by Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. If you take Year 12 or 13 maths or science, get together with a team of 3-4 people and step up to the plate!


2018 competition

The New Zealand Engineering Science Competition will be held on SATURDAY, 4 AUGUST from 10am to 6pm.

Registrations open in June, but you're welcome to read through the information and ask us questions.


How to register

  1. Download, print and compete the paper registration form by Friday, 27 July 2018.
    Each team member and the teacher needs to sign this form. This signifies that each team member has read the instructions and T&Cs for the competition and agrees to them. Read the competition rules.
  2. You now need to use the same information on the printed form to complete and submit the online form.
  3. Email a soft copy of the completed/signed paper form to, or mail it to the provided postal address.

Contact us at if you have any questions.


Download the 2018 flyer
(54.8 kB, PDF)

2017 results

The 2017 question was “How many rocket launches from Mahia Pensinsula would it take to establish a lunar colony? 

180 teams took part with entries from 70 schools throughout New Zealand. 



The Pullan Prize for first place ($6000) 
Team 1003 from Kristin School (Mixed Year 12/13): Jake Lyons, Amar Hamilton Vincent, Felicity Qin, Joshua Sampson

Runners up ($2000 for each team)
Team 1116 from ACG Parnell College (Year 13): Arnav Shetty, Angus Berrington, Raghav Ramachandran, Daniel Jeng

Team 1131 from Mahurangi College (Year 13): Nathaniel Bedggood, Matthew Torckler, Jack Yarndley, Rupert Power


Highly commended

  • Team 1108 from ACG Parnell College (Year 12): Joel Hutchinson, Dunbar Sloane, Alexander Kilmartin and WIlliam Winspear
  • Team 1161 from ACG Parnell College (Year 12): Taylor Thorp, Ana Bogosanovic, Mark Hutchinson and Lachlan Broadhurst
  • Team 1060 from Kaitaia College (Year 13): Brendan Bell, Morgan Dolfing, Jacinta Van der Linden and Hannah Wetzel
  • Team 1040 from Lynfield College (Year 13): Angela Zhang, Yujia Wu, Daniel Adams and Jia Dua
  • Team 1051 from Saint Kentigern College (Mixed Year 12/13): Andrew Yian Chen, Tate McGregor, David Thibaud and Joshua Looker
  • Team 1141 from Wentworth College (Year 13): Robin Langdon, Tait Fuller and Alexander Gregory
  • Team 1049 from Whanganui High School (Year 13): Alister Hughes, Jesse Satherley, Liam Jones and Vitek Sosnowski
  • Team 1185 from Whangaparaoa College (Mixed Year 12/13): Regan James, Emma Hamilton, Connor Gentry and Harry Cull

The competition


The annual New Zealand Engineering Science competition is a problem solving event for teams of senior secondary students organised by the University of Auckland's Department of Engineering Science, and sponsored by Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. This fun and challenging competition is for teams of three or four Year 12 or 13 students who are interested in mathematics and science.


The first prize is $6,000, and there are two runner-up prizes of $2,000. 


We'd like to extend our appreciation towards our sponsors, Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, whose generous contributions help to make this competition possible.

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Questions from previous years

“If a New Zealand student uploads a video clip that goes viral, how long will it take before 1% of the world’s population has seen it?” (2015)

"If Mount Taranaki erupted, how much would it cost the aviation industry?" (2014)

“How many balloons would be required to provide balloon-powered internet coverage to all of New Zealand?” (2013)

"In the event that electronic tracking is unavailable, what size search area is required in order to retrieve the capsule?" (2012)

"If a severe Tsunami warning was issued, how long would it take to evacuate the 13,000 people who live on Te Atatu Peninsula?" (2011)
"How much fuel is required for a manned mission to Mars?" (2010)

"Could New Zealanders save enough electricity via energy efficiency improvements in homes to avoid New Zealand requiring an additional power station being constructed?"  (2009)


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