Otago Problem Solving


Every year Whakatāne Intermediate School gives opportunity to any student who wants to take part in the Otago Problem Solving challenges. Around 250 students on average participate in these exams.

What is Otago Problem Solving?

Problem Solving is 5 sets of 5 difficult maths problem solving questions. Each set or group of questions are spaced out through the year.

Why do we give students the opportunity to participate?

There are multiple reasons why we give students this opportunity.

Some students just love math.

To give students the chance to compare themselves mathematically nationwide.

For the experience of sitting a test.

It gives teachers another measurement of students ability.


It is a significant accomplishment for students to achieve 5/5 for a set. This achievement is recognised at our formal assembly held each Friday.