Tēnā koe everyone,

We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break, whether it involved hitting the slopes, exploring a new corner of our beautiful country, or merely setting up camp in front of the tv with a glass of wine.

This term is a busy one for the teaching calendar and disruptions from COVID-19 continue to add extra work for us all. Be kind to one another and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help, advice or support.

Practice exams are now live and available for members to use. You can find these under the header “Exams” or by following these links:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Let us know if you found them useful – we love getting feedback from our members.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

We have recently updated our resources, tips and sites of interest to help you in putting together an off-site teaching programme. Check it out and let us know what you think!

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact upon daily life. Many of us are in schools that are in the process of preparing to shift to off-site learning for an unknown period of time. Depending on where your school is at on the journey to implementing a regular programme based largely around online learning, creating an offsite-learning programme might be a sizeable task.

We at the AGTA want to help. Here’s how:

  1. For 2020, the AGTA is suspending collecting ALL membership fees. This means that for you and your school, membership to the AGTA and all of our resources is FREE. If you know of colleagues around New Zealand who might benefit from a free AGTA membership or any of our resources, ask them to get in touch! Simply email agtassociation@gmail.com
  2. From today, we will be hosting and regularly updating a page which contains links to resources and websites with fantastic free resources for you to use when putting together your off-site teaching programmes.
  3. If you need help with marking or moderation, get in touch and we will try to pair you with a colleague nearby, or elsewhere in the country who can assist

If you have resources, links or tips and tricks you would like to share with others as we continue adding to this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Tēnā koe all,

Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday, March 18th at Marist College.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be found here

as well as a copy of the Chairperson’s report, which can be found here.

Stay safe and stay well in these uncertain times everyone.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

Scholarship workshops cancelled

The AGTA is highly conscious of the possible risks posed by the coronavirus COVID-19, particularly given the nature of our scholarship workshops, which draw a large number of students from across the geographic spread of Auckland. The welfare of students and teachers at our events is always our number one priority.

Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel all of this year’s planned scholarship geography workshops.

The AGTA appreciates this will undoubtedly cause disappointment to schools and students who were planning to attend. We will endeavour to continue delivering high-quality resources to assist you with teaching scholarship to your students.

At this stage, we are hesitant to make a decision about other AGTA events, including our annual quiz evening and EoY course, both of which are due to take place later this year. Once the committee for 2020 has formed, we will discuss these issues in-depth and assess the level of risk at that point in time before reaching a conclusion.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Jane, Briar, Holly – AGTA Committee 2019

The first AGTA Scholarship Workshop for 2020 will take place on Thursday 26th March, 4.30pm at Auckland University. Location of the workshop yet tbc.

Dates for the other two Scholarship Workshops to be announced at this year’s AGM. Make sure you are there to hear these dates first!

Digital Technologies and Senior Geography

Teachers of Senior Geography of two years or more: I am currently doing a MEd and my research area is looking at digital technologies and how they are used in Senior Geography. I am looking for participants who are willing to share their perceptions and experiences with regards to how digital technologies are used in the Senior Geography Classroom and the impacts on teaching and learning.

If you are interested please contact me via email, (ahogan@mcauleyhigh.school.nz) for further information.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our End of Year Conference last Friday. A great day was had by all and many of us left with a greater appreciation of the storytelling that takes place in cartography, GIS, as well as a few tips and tricks to test out in the classroom next year.

A very special thanks to our keynote speakers Ana Krpo, Jane Evans and Chris McDowall for their engaging presentations. Thanks also to Steve Smith, Kira Clark, Gill Hanna, Mary Robinson and Heather Roberts for leading purposeful, relevant and interesting workshops on a variety of topics.

On another note, thank you to each and every one of our members who has participated in a cluster meeting, competition or Facebook discussion this year. Thank you to everyone who has shared a resource to the website or helped out a fellow Geographer in need of advice or support. You all help make the community of New Zealand Geographers one worth being a part of.

Have a restful, relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to working with you and supporting you next year to continue being excellent Geography educators.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Jane, Briar, Holly – AGTA Committee 2019