Dec 01

End of Year course

We had a great end of year course on Friday 30 November at Kohia Teachers Centre

Around 90 people attended and it was a busy day with lots of chatter and discussion on all things geographical.

We had three wonderful guest speakers:

Rebekah White, Editor of NZ Geographic


Fraser Morgan, speaking about his research in Antarctica and how we could include the Antartica in our geography classrooms, and

Andrew Douglas-Clifford, a GIS analyst, hobby cartographer and creator of the Te Reo map.

Thank-you to all our guests – they were interesting, enthusiastic and inspiring.

Thanks to all the AGTA committee who worked hard to ensure the day was a wonderful success.




Nov 24

SocCon 2019 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference

Tūrangawaewae – A Sense of Place 

‘A Sense of Place’ is our theme for 2019

Through the lens of the Social Sciences, this theme offers exploration on many levels. On an individual level it may be about identity, tūrangawaewae, or being part of a community. Communities, both physical and conceptual, have a sense of place. On a national level it may be about New Zealand’s identity, our place in the world. What has shaped it, how has it changed, and what might it be in the future?

It is a theme that draws together all four strands in the NZC – Identity, culture and organisation, Place and environment, Continuity and change, and the Economic World, and should prove to be an inspiring and thought-provoking focus for SOCCON 2019.

SOCCON 2019 is an opportunity to cement the Social Sciences as an integral component in our NZ curriculum.  Come and celebrate, as a Social Science community, the breadth and diversity of our subject area.  Connect with fellow Social Scientists to learn, be challenged and develop our skills as expert educators in our field. The conference will include inspiring keynote speakers and headliners as well as a wide range of workshops that will cover all areas of the Social Science curriculum.

30 September to 2 October 2019 – Waipuna Hotel, Auckland




Oct 21

Have you ever combined classes – what strategies have you used?

Hi Geographers – I am looking at writing a ‘help’ sheet for teachers who face the issue of teaching a combined class (ie 2 or 3 levels at the same time) as I am aware this is becoming an increasingly common problem we face in our subject. I would welcome any comments from those of you who have already faced this with both solutions and problems you have encountered.

Please do e mail me at

Bevan Hunter Never had to deal with this nor would I want to. The only logical way I can think of should I be fed to the wolves,is to become a wolf. Have 2 years of ‘settings’ per standard. For example if the class was Year 12/13, then the .1 would be rotated between Tongariro and South Island, and then have 2 settings for .5, .6, .7. Obviously then the only tweak is the Level 3 involves more depth etc etc. Keen to hear how others do it.

Kat Jordan-McGrath Yes agreed, a cycle of topics is best. Easy for internals. Also depends on your students tho. If they aren’t too needy and have done geo before they can work independently on booklets, slideshows etc for externals for 2 periods per week each half of the class. And or they all do their internals that way and you just help out. Getting student teachers if extremely helpful too! 2 teachers, 2 levels – so good!


Let Jane know if you have further ideas.