Secondary Chemistry Educators of NZ or SCENZ

The Secondary Chemistry Educators of NZ or SCENZ is a national chemistry teachers’ subject association, established in order to support and promote chemistry education throughout New Zealand. The new association provides a voice for chemistry teachers with the Ministry of Education and NZQA as well as opportunities to resource and support teachers with chemistry teaching and assessment matters. The group operates under the umbrella of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

To become a member of SCENZ, your school needs to register for a school membership with NZIC. When a school pays for this membership, any teacher at that school becomes a member of SCENZ.

Please note that school membership gives access to all the NZIC exams. The exams are not available to be purchased separately.


Being part of SCENZ provides:

  • Access to all previous and current year NZIC Chemistry exams (Levels 2 and 3 and Scholarship) at no additional charge.
  • Access to resources developed by the association to support chemistry teaching and learning in NZ schools
  • Access to professional development opportunities that support chemistry teaching in NZ schools
  • Representation in discussions with Ministry of Education and NZQA around curriculum, assessment and chemistry related teaching matters
  • Voting rights for the organisation of SCENZ

The Ministry of Education will be working with subject associations in the review of achievement standards so SCENZ will be the contact point for this work.




Ian Torrie – St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland

Dr Murray Thompson – Logan Park High School, Dunedin



Suzie Scourfield – Whangārei Girls’ High School



Dr Ian Phillips – Otago Girls’ High School


Regional Representatives

Auckland & Northland (2 reps)

Emma Smith – Whangārei Girls’ High School

Kieran Gainsford – One Tree Hill College, Auckland


Waikato/BOP (1 rep)

Claire Lindsey – Mount Maunganui College


Manawatu (1 rep)

Jo Standley – Whanganui Collegiate School


Wellington/Nelson/Marlborough (1 rep)

Phil Kendon – Wellington College


Canterbury (1 rep)

Kathryn Coakley – St Margaret’s College


Otago (1 rep)

Vicki Millar – Otago Girls’ High School


The SCENZ constitution can be downloaded here.

Policy Documents

Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Privacy Policy