2022 South Island Finals, University of Canterbury 

Enlightening Future Kiwi Scientists

The NZPMC is a nationwide standardised Physics and Mathematics organisation for High School students of all year levels throughout New Zealand. Our goal is to help young Kiwi Scientists to extend their interest in Physics and Mathematics by providing a standardised national competition in a test-format, rather than a competition that involves extensive research or a project. The NZPMC is a competition created to test candidates' ability to use their Physics and Mathematics knowledge to tackle a wide range of problems based on Physical and Mathematical theory that matches competitions provided overseas, nationally.

Students from all over the country

Every year, hundreds of students participate in the NZPMC nationwide, including from Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Whangarei, Queenstown, and many other cities. We encourage all high school students of any ability and year level to participate in our competition. This includes intermediate students, who have the option of participating in the Junior category.

In 2022, the selected finalists competed in the final round held at the University of Auckland (11th July) and the University of Canterbury (14th July). Throughout the competition day, students had a chance to network with various university clubs, hear seminars from the head of faculties, and participate in various workshops. 

Top 3 of Senior Division in the NZPMC South Island Finals, held at the University of Canterbury

The competition is open to any Physics and Mathematics students from Year 9 to Year 13 of any high school curriculum. There are two separate papers for Junior division (Y9-Y11) and Senior division (Y12-13).

If you are a teacher or student interested in the competition, please fill out the Expression of Interest form at eoi.nzpmc.com to be on our mailing list for future updates.

Our competition is sponsored and endorsed by the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury. Quality assurance on questions is done by our Education Team and by professors.  Staff with extensive experience in teaching the NZQA curriculum will also take part in quality checks to ensure that questions will be of a difficulty level that will match students' abilities.

NZPMC Workshops

Starting in 2023, the NZPMC is holding in-person workshops. Find out more here:

NZ Physics Olympiad

We're excited to announce the new nationwide competition that NZPMC is hosting, starting from this year: the New Zealand Physics Olympiad (NZPhO)!

Find out more here:

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ. Alternatively, you can email contact@nzpmc.com for further queries.