Exciting learning opportunity – GIS and drones!

Want to explore GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and UAVs (drones) at our free camps?


In October, Dr Cadey Korson and Dr John Lowry from the Geography programme, Dr Kristin Stock from Information Technology and Matt Irwin from Agriculture and Environment, will host two four-day GIS and UAV (drone) camps for Year 9-12 students at Massey University’s Albany campus. The camp will introduce students to the principles of, and careers in, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). GIS is a digital database that contains, catalogues, analyses and presents geographic information as a series of digital map layers.

GIS career opportunities are growing by 30% each year in digital sciences, planning and policy, engineering, education, communication, environmental management, public health and law. This camp combines technical and hands-on activities. Massey University is partnering with local agencies and businesses to ensure lots of fun and informative experiences for you. Find out how science and technology affect your life through field trips and other activities. No prior GIS or UAV experience is required. The camps are free. Transportation to and from the Albany campus and snacks will be provided (lunch is not provided). However, students may be responsible for their own transportation to and from a centralised pick-up point.
Year 9/10 Camp dates: 30 September – 3 October 2019 (tentatively 9:30-4pm)
Year 11/12 Camp dates: 7 – 10 October 2019 (tentatively 9:30-4pm)
How to register: Spaces are limited, so registration will be competitive. Interested students, who live in the Auckland area, should submit a brief 200-250 word letter of interest or a 2-3 minute video describing themselves and why they want to participate in the camps. Students should submit their letter or video via the following link and complete the associated form. Students in Year 10 and 11 will be given priority, but all applications will be considered. The registration deadline is 15 August 2019. The registration form can be found at https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/gis-and-uav-drone-y10-y11-camps/
Registration will close on 15 August and students will be notified via email regarding their acceptance within three weeks by Dr Cadey Korson. Any questions should be directed to Dr Korson at C.Korson@massey.ac.nz or via phone on (09) 213 6475.

Update to Eastern Cluster Meeting: Now on Wednesday 18th September

East Auckland Cluster Meeting: Selwyn College, Wednesday 18th September, 4.30pm
North Shore Cluster Meeting: Rangitoto College, Wednesday 31st July, 4.30pm
West Auckland Cluster Meeting: Hobsonville Point Secondary, Monday 5th August, 4.30pm
Central Auckland Cluster Meeting: St Cuthbert’s College, Thursday 8th August, 4.30pm

We at the AGTA hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break, whether it involved jetting abroad for a break or setting up camp in front of the tv with a glass of wine.

This term is a busy one for the teaching calendar and also for AGTA events! See below for a list of all that is coming up over this term. We have recently added a calendar to our front page which lists upcoming events. Click on the date of an event and you will be taken to a page with more details about this event, as well as directions on how to get there.

If you haven’t taken the time to register for the upcoming AGTA Quiz, you still have time! Registrations close on Wednesday 7th August.

Practice exams are now live and available for members to use. You can find these under the header “Exams”. Let us know if you found them useful – we love getting feedback from our members.

Upcoming events:

Maatangi Whenua quizzes

(for NZBOGT member schools only – registrations have now closed)

Region Dates and location of competition

(Auckland Branch)

Week 3 Term 3 – Tuesday 6th August 2019

Bream Bay College, Peter Snell Rd, Ruakaka, 0116 (TBC)

Time:   5 – 8 pm (TBC)

Auckland Central

(Auckland Branch)

Week  4 Term 3 – Tuesday 13th August 2019

St Cuthbert’s College, Clouston Hall

Time:   4.30pm for 5.00pm start

Auckland North Shore

(Auckland Branch)

Week 2 Term 3 – Thursday 1st August 2019

Takapuna Grammar, Lake Road, Takapuna, 0622 – School Library

Time:   4.30pm for 5.00pm start

Waikato/BOP Week 4 Term 3 – Wednesday 14th August 2019

Tauranga Girls College, 930 Cameron Road, Tauranga

Time:   4.30pm start TBC

Palmerston North

(Manawatu Branch)

Week 3 Term 3 – Tuesday 6th August 2019

School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Room TBC

Time:   5.30pm



(Manawatu Branch)

Week 2 Term 3 – Monday 29th July 2019

Francis Douglas Memorial College (School Library)

Time:    4.30pm

Hawkes Bay

(Manawatu Branch)

Week 2 Term 3 – Thursday 1st August 2019

Lindisfarne College, 600 Pakowhai Rd, Frimley, Hastings 4120

Time:   4.00pm start


(Wellington Branch)

Week 2 Term 3 – Wednesday 31st July 2019

Victoria University of Wellington, Cotton Building (TBC)

Time:   4.00pm for a 4.30pm start (TBC)


(Wellington Branch)

Week 2 – 4 Term 3 – date to be confirmed

Venue and time to be confirmed


(Wellington Branch)

Week 4 Term 3 – Wednesday 14th August 2019

Waimea College, 60 Salisbury Rd, Richmond, 7020 (School Library)

Time:   7.00pm

Canterbury Week 3 Term 3 – Thursday 8th August 2019

Ernest Rutherford Building, University of Canterbury Room 141

Time:   Pizza from 5.30pm                    Quiz 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

Otago/Southland Week 4 Term 3 – Wednesday 14th August 2019

Venue TBC

Time:   TBC

AGTA Quiz 2019

Date: Wednesday 21st August
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Clouston Hall, St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Rd, Epsom, Auckland

Register to attend here: https://forms.gle/JDjY3hFo8paqf7yQ6

Directions here: https://tinyurl.com/y5exkoyp

Scholarship workshop #2

Date: Wednesday 30th October
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lecture Title: “Location matters: Globalising economies”.

Lecturer: Nick Lewis

Venue: Engineering Building 1439/401-439, 20 Symonds St

Register here to tell us how many students you are bringing.

*Please note this date may change. We will endeavour to notify of any changes as soon as we know

EOY Course

Date: Friday 29th November
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Kohia Education Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland 1023.

Registrations for this event will open in the next several weeks.

Scholarship workshop #1 Updated details


Lecture Title: “The significance of geographic location in a global context”.

Lecturer: Mel Wall

Venue: Engineering Building 1439/401-439, 20 Symonds St (see attached campus map)

Date & Time: Wednesday 12th June, 4.30-6.30

If you are planning to attend, can you please take a moment to register using the link here to tell us how many students you plan to bring.

We will be recording this lecture for all those unable to attend and will post this to our website following the event.