KIPC 2012 drew considerable interest from around the world with 43 applicants and a final line up of 16 contestants from as far afield as Poland and Taiwan. The level of performance was quite exceptional giving adjudicator Mikhail Solovei from Melbourne a most unenviable task. His selection for the final was Anna Maksymova (NZ), James Guan (Australia), Szczepan Kończal (Poland) and the eventual winner, 19 year old Yeh Shih Hsien (Taiwan). The four day event was attended by enthusiastic audiences from Northland and beyond with larger numbers than for previous competitions.

Other members of the team for KIPC 2012 included Auckland publicist, Sandra ‘Skip’ Roberts and photographer Keith Williams.