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"As a society we must be able to admire ability, to support ability, to celebrate ability and to nurture ability. It must be as socially acceptable to support genius that is intellectual as it is to support genius that is athletic". – M.C.Thompson

Professional associations and organisations

This section contains information about the services provided for gifted and talented in NZ (and internationally further below):

giftEDnz: The professional association for gifted education

New Zealand's first national professional community in gifted and talented education

Hooked on Thinking

Hooked on Thinking works with schools, businesses and learning communities to transform student learning outcomes

Learning Network NZ

Learning Network NZ is a not-for-profit organisation which connects schools with professional learning opportunities which are at the forefront of education

Mensa New Zealand

Membership in Mensa is open to people who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the population on an approved IQ test that has been properly administered and supervised

New Zealand association for gifted children

The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) exists to promote the needs of gifted kids at national level and support and foster initiatives at local level which meet those needs.

New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

National organisation that provides services direct to children, educators and families. As well as the MindPlus programme for primary and intermediate-aged children, Small Poppies early childhood and the Gifted Online service for gifted children who are unable to access MindPlus locations, NZCGE also provides a range of professional consultancy services to New Zealand educators across all education sectors. The Consultancy Services aim to support educators and parents in better understanding and providing for gifted and talented learners, as well as supporting gifted and talented coordinators and school managers with their roles of school responsibility. A speciality of NZCGE Consultancy Services is the ability to draw upon and share current and ongoing direct experience in working with gifted learners. 

REACH Education Consultancy

REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted learners

International professional associations and organisations