Kiwi Competitions 

CEM provides the annual KIWI English, Mathematics, Science and Spelling Bee competitions for Primary and Secondary schools.

The KIWI competitions have now closed for 2018. Please contact CEM if you require anything further 

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The annual CEM Great Kiwi Science, English and Mathematics competitions are skills-based and closely aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum. The tests are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students. Registrations for 2018 KIWI Science, English and Mathematics competitions are now CLOSED!

The CEM competitions are currently offered at the Curriculum and Year levels shown below:

LevelYear levelCurriculum level
Primary 5-6 3
Intermediate 7-8 4
Secondary 9-10 5

The tests are administered online and take 50 minutes to complete so they can be conveniently slotted into the school timetable.

Introducing the great KIWI Spelling Bee - 2018 Registrations are now CLOSED

The aim of the spelling bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will inspire confidence and a love of language that lasts a lifetime.

These are no ordinary spelling bees. In addition to the usual spelling, these competitions will include synonyms, antonyms, grammar and vocabulary! The question types will be multiple choice, fill in the gaps and short answer. The competitions have been designed by experienced New Zealand teachers.

There will be two competitions aimed at Year 5-6 and Year 7-8 students.



Registration closes 29 June     
Deadline for entering student details online 6 July
Students' user names and password available for downloading 20 July                     
Competitions available online 30 July - 17 August
Results available online 14 September approx.


Spelling Bee 


 Questions in the Kiwi Science Competition are skills based and cover:

  • Investigating - Experimental design, use of controls and the notion of a 'fair test'
  • Interpreting data - Interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
  • Critical thinking skills - Reasoning, problem solving and logical deduction

The tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands of the Science in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Nature of Science
  • Living World 
  • Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Physical World
  • Material World

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The Kiwi Mathematics Competition tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands of the appropriate level of mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Statistics

The competition questions do not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical, find ways to solve problems and is designed to make pupils think outside the box.

The competition encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different ways questions can be asked. Pupils also need to read the questions carefully!

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The Kiwi English Competition tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands at the appropriate level of English in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Purpose and Audience

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The cost per student for each competition $8.50 (incl. GST).


Register your schools intention to take part in the competition. (Registration is now closed)

After registration has been received and your students entered and confirmed, we will provide you access to unique user codes and passwords that will enable your students to login to the competition.

Reporting of results

Results are provided to schools early term 3. Prizes will be awarded for each competition and year level.

Certificates for each student will be sent to the school and prizes will be awarded to top students.

Student results for each year level are reported as follows: