Sep 16

Coastal Erosion – What to do?

For a coastal nation fixated on home ownership, coastal erosion represents a problem. Large parts of the country were built in the wrong place, under the assumption the land would stay put. For most of the areas likely to be hit by rising seas, there are decades to prepare before the water starts lapping at their door.

There’s no such luck in Granity, Ngakawau and Hector on the West Coast of the South Island.

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2018 was like no other – coastal erosion is getting worse.

Check out this internal and resources at this link

Thanks for these resources Sarah

There is an article on this topic on Sunday TV1 (7 October 2018) – check it out.

Sep 16

A map journal … Haiti Earthquake 2010

Check this out!

On the 12 January 2010 an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti. The epicentre was just 25 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince and the focus was only 13km below the surface. The city and the surrounding area ( up to 56 km SW of the capital) were affected by strong aftershocks ( up to 5.9 on the Richter scale & only 9 Km in depth). In total around 75% of the population were affected, about 230,000 were killed, 250,000 were injured and around a million people were made homeless.
This resource is excellent for those of you looking at EQs at Level 1.
Thanks Zandra.
Aug 20

Google Geo Tools 2

Are you ready for another journey through the Google Geo Tools and a dive into some new developments that are out there on the Range of Geo tools that are available to us?

This is great for Geo/Social Studies teachers or any classroom teachers who just want to learn more about the tools tagged with ‘geo’ that they can use in their classrooms

This will be at the end of week 3 of Term 4 (Saturday 3rd November) with Steve Smith when we should have a little more time to think and play.

Check out my geo tools site at :

The day long course will cover ;

  • Earth updates
  • Expeditions
  • Tour builder/creator

There will be an emphasis on teach, learn, play on the day.

To secure your place please register your interest by 3rd October at; REGISTER HERE

The cost of the day will be $15 (includes morning tea). The course will be held at Takapuna Grammar in Auckland.

Google Geo Tools 2018 flyer

Aug 15

Level 1 Population Query

Hi there;

At the start of the examination it says ” In the box below, name a population case study (studies) that you will use to answer ALL the questions”
A discussion colleagues and I are having does it mean:
You select and only use one example throughout the paper?
If you have studied more than one example e.g. NZ and India, could you use NZ as your example in two of the 3 questions, and in the third India?
Can you use both examples to assist in any of your answers?
Currently, we play safe and say only use one throughout.
Does anyone know which of the 3 complies with the needs set?

Aug 12

Michael Palin encouraging geography

Michael Palin talks about how Geography broadens the mind – He says studying geography is key to understanding the world and “helping us to realise that we all share the same planet”

Palin said geography was a vital subject in the modern world, broadening minds and encouraging an understanding of different countries and cultures.

 “The world is much more accessible, and I think it is hugely important that we understand the world and why countries are where they are, why they live how they do, what the climate is, what they produce,”




Aug 09

AGTA Quiz results

Mt. Albert Grammar wins the annual AGTA quiz!

And MAGS Team B came second.

And, Takapuna Grammar was third.

Well done to all our winners!

Thank you to everyone for all your efforts and we hope the students had lots of fun.

Thanks also to the committee who worked on the questions and helped with jobs on the night – it is so appreciated by us all.



Jul 24

Mock examinations are up!

The “mock” examinations have been uploaded here this morning.

Please do check through the examinations yourselves (and the schedules) – they have been moderated by AGTA committee members but it is important you do this as well. 

With regard to the skills examinations and the scholarship exam:

  1. The Level 1 examination uses the 2012 Resource booklet on Sydney.
  2. The Level 2 and 3 examination are new resource booklets – they are presented here in a pdf version only.
  3. The scholarship examination uses the 2011 Resource booklet alongside a supplementary booklet. 

Not a member of AGTA but want to use these mock exams – well, contact us at

Jul 22

Term 3

Have a fantastic term 3.

I hope that you have all had an excellent holiday and that you are coming back to Term 3 refreshed and ready for one of the busiest terms. 

I know it’s going to be a busy one for you, and for some quite stressful (pay round and all) so we are here to make life easier for everyone.


Firstly, we will have our examinations available to you all at the start of next week so that will take the pressure off. Tere are examinations (and relevant marking schedules) for all levels and all standards – excellent as students won’t have seen these before the “mocks”. I will email you when they are up on the website – probably at the start of Week 2. Yay!


Our last workshop will be held on the Wednesday 29 August at 4.30pm in HSB 1 at the University of Auckland. This session will focus on physical geography and should be an interesting one. I’ll get to register for this in a few weeks time.

Option Evenings

Most of us will be starting to encourage our Year 10s to do Geography right about now – there are lots of ideas on the website to use/adapt and make our own, so as students choose Geography.

I know at my school we have a Geography unit that we do with the year 10 Social Studies classes which are focussed on Geography in particular. This year we are looking at Climate change – why is it happening, where is it happening and who is it happening to? I teach at a girls school so we are focussing on the impacts that climate change will have on women and girls across the globe. Other potential topics could include food shortages (kids would love this as it could culminate in a food day – I envisage cake competitions, food from across the world and so on ;).  What might you do? 

If you have any ideas could you share them with me and I can put them up on the website. Thanks in advance.

Quiz for year 12/13s 

Some of you have already registered your year 12s and 13s for the annual AGTA quiz on Wednesday 8 August. 

This is to be held at Clouston Hall, St Cuthbert’s College. The invoice for your accounts department is here.

AGTA Quiz Flyer 2018

Register your team here please by Wednesday 1 August  

New resources

There have been some great resources added to the website – check them out and thanks so much to the contributors  – there is one on Seabed Mining at Patea and another on a proposal for a new housing development at Ōtuataua Stonfields in Auckland.

Please share your ideas with us also.

Heads up

We will be holding our end of year course on Friday 30 November – the date is confirmed and the details will be sent through later this term.