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New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust

New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust

The 48th Chemistry Olympiad Competition was held in Georgia in July 2016 and involved a team of four students representing New Zealand. The 49th Chemistry Olympiad will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in July 2017.

Each year a group of around 90-100 secondary school students is selected to form a Training Group. The selection is based upon performance in a selection test held at the end of October, or the beginning of November. The selection test assumes knowledge of only Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Chemistry. The 2017 Training Group selection will be held on Monday 31 October 2016.

To be eligible, students must be under 20 and not intending to attend University in 2017.  Students must have been attending a New Zealand school for at least two years prior to July 2017. Any student who attended the 2016 NZCHO training camp in April, and still meets the other criteria, will get automatic selection to the training group. They will still need to register their interest.

To enter the 49th (2017) Olympiad competition, the teacher and students must register by Friday 7 October 2016:

The teacher in charge must register on-line at with the names of any students who meet the above criteria. The test papers will be sent to this teacher who will have responsibility for administering the test.

Each student must also register on-line at before 7 October 2016. Students must pay an entry fee of $30 by direct credit into:

ANZ account of the NZ Chemistry Olympiad Trust: 06-0665-0133836-00 (you MUST include your name in the details).

To view previous exams go to Olympiad previous exams.  Students may find the Year 12 Olympiad Extension section on BestChoice useful:

During term one, the training group undergo a training program which includes reading material, problem assignments, and a test in early March. From the test, 30 students are chosen in mid-March for a training camp to be held in the April school break, 18-23 April 2017.

The New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust is a member of the Science Olympianz Association.

Further information can be obtained from:

New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Teams

2016: Tbilisi, Georgia


  • Ellena Black, St Andrew’s College, Christchurch

  • Lucas Lee, Macleans College, Auckland – Bronze

  • Edward Liu, Macleans College, Auckland – Bronze

  • Ben Zhang, Macleans College, Auckland – Bronze

  • William Wang, King’s College, Auckland
  • Dr Duncan McGillivray, University of Auckland
  • Dr Andrew (Buck) Rogers, St Peter’s College


2016 NZ Chemistry Olympiad Team
(from left) Dr Duncan McGillivray, Edward Liu, Lucas Lee, Ellena Black, Ben Zhang, Dr Andrew Rogers

2015: Baku, Azerbaijan



  • Hugo Brown, St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton - Bronze
  • Brianna Nally, James Hargest High School, Invercargill - Bronze
  • Thomas Chang, Auckland Grammar School - Bronze
  • David Kim, Macleans College, Auckland - Bronze
  • Sam Frengley, St Peter's School, Cambridge
  • Dr Jan Giffney, St Cuthbert's College
  • Dr Sheila Woodgate, University of Auckland
  • Dr Allick Lal, Macleans College

2015 team

2015 NZ Chemistry Olympiad Team
(from left) Hugo Brown, Brianna Nally, Thomas Chang, David Kim

Olympiad Teams - Archive

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