The New Zealand Olympic Education Commission (NZOEC) has been established to advise the NZOC Board on development strategies to promote Olympism and achieve its objective in Olympic Education of:

Inspiring young New Zealanders to explore, engage with and model the Olympic Values through participation in sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games.


  • Kereyn Smith - Secretary General NZOC
  • Sue Emerson - Chair
  • Glen Denham
  • Andrew Hunter
  • Bernice Mene
  • Michael Piper
  • Irene van Dyk

Sue Emerson

An educator for three decades, Sue began her career as a secondary school physical education teacher and over the past 18 years has been immersed in  sport education as Head of Department in two tertiary institutions.

As a hockey player Sue was a member of the 1980 NZ Olympic Team.

As the key writer of Sport NZ's Growing Leaders and Growing Coaches programmes Sue facilitates leadership learning for teachers and coaches in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

Sue consults extensively throughout the sport industry as a member of working parties and a key facilitator, as well as being regularly an invited speaker.

Glen Denham

Glen has held several leadership positions in education in New Zealand and the UK, where he was involved in the strategic direction and governance of UK Special Schools.  He was an Executive Principal of schools in London until 2015 and is currently Principal of Massey High School in West Auckland.

He has been a Hillary Commission Ambassador and was a member of the Halberg Trust.  

Glen was a New Zealand Basketball representative (Tall Black) from 1984-2000 and captain for 13 years.

Glen is of Te Arawa descent and affiliated with Ngati Rangitihi.

Andrew Hunter

Andrew is an experienced primary school principal and mentor. He has been a principal for 23 years in schools ranging from small rural to large urban. He is currently principal at Balmacewen Intermediate in Dunedin.

He has a lifelong involvement in many sports as a player and coach especially cricket and rugby. He has coached Otago rugby teams for many years most recently at ITM Cup level.

Andrew is a strong advocate for the role of sports and fitness in primary school programmes and the benefits it brings for children.

Bernice Mene

Bernice played netball for the Silver Ferns for 10 years, and captained the team for five years. The Silver Ferns won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships with Bernice as captain. Her athletic achievements were recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM.

Bernice has broad experience across the education sector. She has taught at Otago Girls' High School and Mount Albert Grammar, and was one of four guardians of the Secondary Futures Project tasked with lifting the success of New Zealand secondary school students. Bernice is currently a Board of Trustees member at St Pauls College in Auckland.

Michael Piper

Michael brings considerable experience and knowledge of the primary school education sector. He is currently Principal of St Mary Mackillop School in Mangere East, South Auckland, and prior to this, was Assistant Principal at St Joseph’s School in Onehunga.

Michael has been involved in sport, particularly rugby, throughout his life as a player, and as a coach.  He believes that children learn important life values through sport, such as the importance of good preparation, competing and playing fairly, and being humble with the end result.

Irene van Dyk

Irene was a favourite with Kiwi crowds wherever she played during her 14 year career as a player and member of the Silver Ferns National Squad. Having held a position on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athlete Commission alongside her experience as a teacher in various primary and intermediate schools, Irene will provide invaluable guidance around the involvement of athletes as role models for young people and insight for our Olympic Values Education initiatives in schools.


Education Commission Terms of Reference