long-running quiz show University Challenge is set to
return after 25 years off the air and the University of Otago
team is pulling out all the stops to take back the crown.
The TVNZ quiz show, which ran from 1976 until 1989, will be
back on the air at the end of this year, with filming set to
take place in late June and early July.
The Otago team for the modern iteration was selected after a
rigorous 100-question general knowledge quiz, taken by about
200 students. Team captain Naomi Woods said living up to
Otago's legacy as the team with the best record - winning six
of 14 editions - came with ''a lot of pressure''.
The team had a ''strict training'' regime, but she was
reluctant to give away too many details. ''It's a secret
process; we don't want the other teams knowing,'' she
They were all determined to do Otago proud and their first
test would be beating defending champion Waikato University.
Fellow team member Matthew Ordish said they were all keen pub
quiz participants, but this would be taking things to the
''It's also nice to represent the university in something
that isn't a traditional sport.''
Francesca Allen, who has spent some time in Britain where the
programme originated, was excited to be able to compete in
the New Zealand version.
''I grew up watching it on telly, so to be able to do it here
in New Zealand is a big surprise.''