Thursday, October 13 – Shed 1 and Greenman Pub, Wellington
The 2016 Corporate Challenge began at Shed 1, Queens Wharf with several “physical challenges”. This year, we had our 8 entrants compete against each other in tug of war, the inflatable relay, laser tag and the foam pad relay.
The better a team performed in each challenge, the more points they would be awarded to contribute to their final points total. This encouraged the teams to compete fiercely in order to gain an early advantage in overall points standings.
Probably the most popular physical challenge at Shed 1 was the inflatable relay – a bouncy castle-type obstacle loop which pits two teams against each other. Our fastest team in the challenge was Civil Aviation Authority, who blazed around 12 laps of the course in 4min 50s to gain the maximum of 100 points. They weren’t too far ahead of Deloitte and Angus Associates, who both stopped the clock at exactly 5min.
At the end of the physical challenges, Civil Aviation were leading the points standings with 290. Not far behind was Deloitte on 270 points. Several teams were hovering around the 200 point mark.
The teams then made their way to Greenman for the quiz and another “mini challenge”. For teams that were behind in the points standings, there were still plenty of points available in the remaining challenges to get back in overall contention.
The mini challenge halfway through the quiz required teams to build a “table” out of the materials they were given (straws, blue tack, play dough and several sheets of A4 paper). The only requirement being that their table surface had to be at least 20cm above the ground. After the teams finished building their tables, organisers placed a receptacle on each table and which had to hold as many oranges as possible. For each orange, 10 points were awarded as long as the table stayed intact. In this highly entertaining challenge, Deloitte managed to take top points, which gave them the overall lead heading into the final half of the quiz.
After the teams had put their collective general knowledge to good use in the quiz, we had our final standings ready. The quiz winners, Medical Council NZ, after a slow start in the physical challenges, managed to fight their way back up the standings into fifth place. Cyclone did well to finish 3rd in what was their sole Business Games event entry this year. The top two was always going to come down to Civil Aviation and Deloitte. On 442 points, CAA eventually fell short of Deloitte’s total of 464. There wasn’t much in it, and the main difference came down to the mini challenge, where Deloitte’s 100 points far exceeded CAA’s 40.
Thanks to all teams that came along to the Corporate Challenge for what was a fun and challenging event for all!