Hello, New Zealand! The International History Bee and Bowl is excited to be inaugurating its New Zealand Division in the 2014 school year. Over our first four years, we’ve grown from a single event near New York City to over twenty countries, and we’re looking forward to holding our first history-themed quiz tournaments in New Zealand this coming September and October. Our tournaments feature comprehensive questions (see “About” for samples) that emphasize critical thinking and a broad knowledge of world and New Zealand history. In order to answer the questions, students ring in with a buzzer, so competing is almost like being on a quiz show. At all of our events, we hold both a competition for school teams (the History Bowl) and a competition for individual students (the History Bee). These are held at different times, though, so students can play both on their own and with their friends. The International History Bee and Bowl feature three different age classes: Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity, and are designed for students aged 11-18.

Our Outreach Coordinator, Victor Brady, is spending three weeks in June travelling throughout New Zealand meeting with teachers, administrators, and students. Please contact him at victor@historybowl.com if you would like to learn more about our tournaments, and even see a demonstration match. At a minimum, we anticipate holding four Regional tournaments this school year, with the top students and teams qualifying for our inaugural New Zealand National Championships in either December 2014 or early 2015. Additional tournaments may also be held, pending interest. This website should hopefully answer most of your questions, but feel free to contact our Executive Director Mrs. Nolwenn Madden at nolwenn@historybowl.com if you have any further questions.

Thank you for your interest in The International History Bee and Bowl and we hope you will be able to join us for our first-ever tournaments in New Zealand later this school year!