Meet this year’s winning Minecrafters

(Last Updated On: November 13, 2020)

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s INTERFACE Minecraft: Education Edition Student Competition – and to Microsoft and MOTAT for their support.

The challenge was to ‘Build a Better Future’ and the response was awesome. We received some amazing creations.

It wasn’t easy but we’ve made our selections and the winners are …

Primary (Years 1-6)

Winner: Emily Oliver, Ruby Tibbots, Isabel Hopkins
Entry: Eco-village School: West Melton School


  • Quinn Stevenson, Dome City, Taupo Primary School
  • Courtney Wainhouse, Algae Al the Super Sucker, Chelsea School

Intermediate (Years 7-8)

Winner: Team Weka
Entry: Weka Country Sustainable Village School: Rongotea School


  • Jimmy Johns, Niklas Kane, Wian Visser, The Future of Nature, Rangiora New Life School
  • Rio Gillett, Darcy Gray, Daniel Milovanovic, Cameryn Tucker, Northcross City, Northcross Intermediate School

Secondary (Year 9+)

Winner: Stella Smurthwaite, Mackenzie Tait,
Entry: Our Sustainable World School: Wairarapa College


  • Nemo, Joseph, Jonas, Aquil, Enviro-Ville, Rosmini College
  • Dineli Arabaya Wathukarage, Benedict Tolentino, Juhane Slump, Saving the Marine Life, Northern Southland College

Overall Winner

This year we are also crowning an overall winner, with bragging rights as the best Minecrafters in the land. They are Stella Smurthwaite and Mackenzie Tait, Wairarapa College.

Congratulations to you both.

Judge’s comment: “I like you how this group have touched on the homeless side of things as this is a real problem that seems to be getting out of hand. The idea of making everything self-stainable is a must if we are to go forward in the future.”


Winners receive the following awesome prizes:

  • Primary – Meccano Meccanoid G15 Ks Personal Robot;
  • Intermediate – Meccano Meccasaur;
  • Secondary – Meccano Super Construction Set.

PLUS, the overall winner receives an Acer TravelMateB118 Notebook. All runners-up receive an Action Camera.

All prizes are courtesy of MOTAT, Microsoft and INTERFACE.

Thanks to this year’s competition sponsors Microsoft and MOTAT.

Also, thanks to the judges: Damon Kahi (MOTAT), Olaf Wrieden (Microsoft) and Greg Adams (INTERFACE).

More infomation about this year’s competition is available at

Check out last year’s winners at


© INTERFACE Magazine, July 2020


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