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.

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.


Google Geo Workshop June 14th

Hi Everyone,

We have an excellent opportunity on June 14th. John Bailey who is head of Google Earth Education will be in New Zealand for 4 days and is running a workshop for Geo/Social Studies teachers looking at some awesome new features in Google Earth. The day will consist of workshops/ Keynote presentations and a focus on collaborative resource creation.

Info can be found on the flyer attached but the numbers for this will be kept to 25 people only to ensure we can run a hands-on and supported workshop style day. The Workshop will be at Takapuna Grammar with a networking/Social event after (with giveaways). please pass on the info to any interested colleagues

We will be working with Google Earth, Earth Studio (check it out if you haven’t seen this product https://earth.google.com/studio/ ), Timelapse and Tour Builder/Creator.

This is a great opportunity to work with John Bailey in person.

Sign-ups are via the link on the flyer found here – Google Geo Tools JB 2019 flyer

Steve Smith (s.smith@tgs.school.nz)

Geography and Planning Day for Year 12 and 13 students

Dr. Cadey Korson, a lecturer in Human Geography at Massey University, is hosting a Geography and Planning Day for Year 12 and 13 students at the Albany campus on Wednesday 22 May from 9:30am – 2:00pm. More information about the event can be found on the registration form, linked here: https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/year-12-13-geography-and-planning-day-2019/ There will be a FREE lunch for teachers. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. Registration for the event will close on Monday April 22nd.





Auckland Council Geography Careers Event: You should really bring your students to this event!!!!!

Nathan Heazlewood from the Auckland City Council has put together a really exciting programme for our Year 13 students on March 20th. the speaker list has expanded since my last email to you and includes not only:

Dr. Joseph Kerski who will be talking about the importance of geography

but also

US Consul General Katelyn Choe who will give a talk about the importance of understanding geography for work in international diplomacy.

Sarah Allerton- GIS Consultant at Eagle Technology. Sarah will talk about using GIS in New Zealand’s key primary industries, particularly forestry.


Georgia Edwards – Biology Information Graduate at Auckland Council.

Prajakta Niphadkar – Hydraulic Modeller at Aurecon

Alastair Grimson – Geospatial Specialist at Auckland Council

Nadine Tupp-Budding socio-ecologist at AUT

Sally Be – Senior GIS Analyst in Healthy Waters, Auckland Council

AC_SchoolsEvent Flyer

Joseph and these other speakers will  talk with students on

Wednesday 20th March from 1pm to 3.30pm at Auckland City Council HQ

 – floor 28 – the views are simply spectacular!

 Are you interested in attending? Are your students interested in attending?

We can accommodate up to 50 students for this exciting event.

 Click here to register