HNI offers interested students the opportunity to participate as a team member in Tournament of Minds. Click here for further information.  Teams compete in Regionals in Palmerston North.

Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.  Offering real-world benefits as it looks beyond academic achievement and understands that the pursuit of excellence knows no boundaries.  The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with twenty-first-century skills and strategies.


  • Provide the stimulation of real, open-ended challenges
  • Develop creative problem-solving approaches and techniques
  • Foster cooperative learning and teamwork
  • Promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others
  • Encourage experimentation and risk-taking
  • Expand and reward creative and divergent thinking
  • Stimulate a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning
  • Develop enterprise
  • Celebrate excellence

TOM Teams are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • The Arts
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Language Literature   
  • Social Sciences