Welcome to Mensa New Zealand!

What is Mensa?

Mensa is an international society free from all racial, political or religious distinctions. Mensa is a round table society where race, beliefs, gender, age, sexual orientation, wealth, national origin or social and educational background are irrelevant.

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. There is no other qualification or disqualification for membership eligibility.

Mensa is a non-profit organization run by members for the benefit of members and society at large. Mensa has three stated purposes:

    • to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity,
    • to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence,
    • and to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

Who is Mensa?

Members are a very diverse group of people of many ages, at every economic level, and they come from occupations such as homemakers, farmers, teachers, engineers, research scientists, clerks, aviators and more. In education, they range from pre-schoolers to high school dropouts to people with multiple doctorates. There is simply no one prevailing characteristic of Mensa members other than high IQ.

Mensa New Zealand is administered by unpaid volunteers throughout the country. Our National Committee is spread across the country, the magazine is edited in Nelson and Area Co-ordinators are appointed throughout the country.