Sep 26

Happy holidays to you all……Have a great, well deserved break.

Enjoy doing something geographical over the break – go travelling, take a hike in our native bush, climb a mountain, ride a bike, sing a geography song, visit a beach, lie on the grass in a park, go somewhere you have never been, play geo guesser with a friend (show them how smart you are!), read, chill out with a wine or coffee. Take time for yourself!



I am off to China this weekend for two weeks. Plan on seeing lots of interesting things!

Thanks everyone for your support of AGTA so far this year!

Sep 18

State of Auckland reports – might be useful/interesting for Level 2 geo

How well do you know your neighbourhood?

Our 2013 report cards give you up-to-date information on the state of Auckland’s freshwater, marine, air and terrestrial environments, as well as reporting on the region’s demographics and quality of life.


Auckland Council (and the former councils) has been collecting information about our people and the environment for more than 30 years.

While we aren’t able to monitor everything, everywhere, our extensive monitoring programmes allow us to build a picture of the state of Auckland – both environmentally and socially.

You can find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood, and the rest of Auckland, by reading the State of Auckland report cards. They are available to view online or download as a PDF.

View State of Auckland report cards online

Sep 18

Want to have someone take care of everything for your field trip – here or overseas?

TOUR TIME – is different from the usual school group Tour Operators, because we take care of everything.
Contact us and we can arrange your whole field trip/tour in New Zealand or worldwide from start to finish. Tour Time will spark imaginations and engage your students with the real world like never before. We’ll design the itinerary – with your input of course, take care of airfares, accommodation, meals, experiences, leisure time activities AND learning outcomes will be met. All students will be engaged and inspired like never before. Within New Zealand we also own and operate our own fleet of luxury coaches (NZ), we’ll even drive and manage your tour ourselves.

“YOUR ONE STOP TOUR SHOP” – You deal with one Company only and we’re on hand 24/7.”

We individually design every field trip/tour so you can make the most of the unique one-off opportunities that always seem to materialise when Tour Time is around. Because we’re involved every step of the way, we offer unparalleled flexibility. If you see something you would like to explore further, we can stay a little longer, if you want to move on, we can skip ahead.

There’s plenty of opportunity for spontaneity – and time to take advantage of unique opportunities that crop up along the way. Of course we have an itinerary and a schedule, but at the end of the day, it’s your field trip/tour, and your experiences will be like never before.


Sep 18

People and the planet – 2013 Rutherford Memorial Lecture

2013 Rutherford Memorial Lecturer: Sir John Sulston FRS

  People and the planet

How can we all live and flourish on a finite Earth?

Auckland | 6pm Tuesday 8 October | Auckland Museum | Buy tickets

Wellington | 6pm Wednesday 9 October | Te Whare Apārangi | Buy tickets

Dunedin | 7pm Thursday 10 October | St David Lecture Theatre | Buy tickets

The impact of the growing human population, and the increasing consumption of resources by the richer countries, is bringing us to the limits of what the Earth can sustain. Choices made now – ethical, legal, social, and scientific – will determine the future of humanity. Shall we choose to flourish or merely survive?

Sir John Sulston FRS was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2002. From 2010 to 2012, he led the Royal Society of London’s international working group People and the Planet, studying the links between global population and consumption and the implications for a finite planet.


Tickets for this talk cost $15 for general admission (discounted to $10 for members of the Royal Society of New Zealand; find out about becoming a member). Students with ID are free.

Purchase tickets (or register for student tickets) from this website

Enquiries: 04 472 7421 or

Sep 12

“Doing things Differently” Course – 27 November 2013 – SIGN UP NOW!!!!


Attend this fun filled course whose aim is to share different things that are happening in Geography classrooms and departments across the region.

The course will have a series of workshops on the following:

Plan for the day

9-10am   Part One: Different courses and programmes

·       Different courses and programmes

·       Guerilla Geography


10-11am    Part Two: Assessments and ways of assessing

      • Using seminars
      • Podcasts
      • Newspapers and magazine articles
      • Creating websites using Weebly and Wix
      • Different assessment methods for various tasks within an assessment

11-11.30am                 Break

11.30-12.30pm      Part Three: Fieldtrips

        • Queenstown/Waiheke/North Head
        • QR code/Perception of connection
        • Harbour cruise – looking at spatial/temporal patterns

12.30-1.30pm              Lunch

1.30-2.30pm   Part Four: Fun activities to involve in fieldtrips/the classroom

        • Sandcastles
        • Video activities
        • Using google docs
        • Video/Soc show
        • Current events – bringing Geog into Junior Social Science
        • Geoguessr /Geosetter/Geocaching

VENUE:                  Kohia Teachers Centre, Epsom Ave

TIME:                     9.00am for a 9.15am start  to 3.30pm.

COST: $40 per person – Includes morning tea and lunch


Registration form here: Doing things differently

Sep 12

Scholarship workshop for students – Wednesday 23rd October

This workshop is for Geography Scholarship Students

Students must be accompanied by a teacher

 Theme: ViticultureGrapes (1)

(with focus on planning and writing essays using the resources)

Hosted by AGTA, School of Environment and NZGS

Wednesday 23rd October

4.00pm – 6.00pm

 Old Government House Lecture Theatre

 RSVP to Jane Foster – by Tuesday 22 October

(This is important to ensure we have enough resources printed)

Aug 20

And the winners of the Quiz are……

Westlake Boys High School – Congratulations on winning the 2013 competition.

The finalists included:

Botany Downs Secondary College – 2nd

Lynfield College – 3rd

Kingsway – 4th

It was a wonderful night – and a fun time for all.

Thanks so much to Sarah Bryson for her super organisation and to the AGTA committee and the supporting teachers. We all appreciate it!

AGTA SCore sheet