AGTA Hui and AGM

We hope you have had a restful break. The AGTA will be hosting its annual AGM in conjunction with a curriculum change hui on the 25th May 2022 at Alexandra Park in Auckland. 

The AGTA Curriculum Change Hui provides the chance for discussion and professional learning to support and inspire Geography Teachers in advance of the incoming curriculum changes. This free event includes the following:

  • Dr Karen Fisher will explore Mātauranga Māori and Geography.
  • Dr Bronwyn Houliston and Eleanor Rattray will share their experiences of incorporating Geography in the Junior Social Studies classroom while navigating the Aotearoa NZ Histories and Social Studies Curriculum Refresh.
  • Mary Robinson (Kaiarahi) and Gill Hanna will provide insight into the future of teaching, learning and assessment in Geography.
  • This will be followed by the Auckland Geography Teachers Association AGM.
  • There will be opportunities for Q&A

This event is FREE and we welcome all Geography teachers to come along!

Register here

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mallory, Eleanor and the AGTA committee. 

Goose Chase QUIZ

Our annual Auckland based Geography quiz has had a makeover this year. Instead, we would love your Geography students to participate in our online revision challenge using GooseChase!

This is free of charge and open to all Geography students (Years 11-13), who have a device.

What do your ākonga need to do? Complete FIVE different revision ‘missions’ by uploading a mixture or photos, diagrams, or revision tasks to the GooseChase app.

The GooseChase will go live on Friday 5th November @ 9am and close on Friday 19th November @ 3pm. Students can complete the missions from home or in school. What do you need to do? Encourage your Geography students to participate in this fun revision activity! Prize packs will be sent out to students via post/online. To join the online adventure, please register your students’ names here and share the ‘player instruction sheet’ with your Geography classes today (below).

Happy Holidays everyone

It’s been a long term especially those of you in the Auckland region. I hope that you all (wherever in Aotearoa NZ you may be) have an excellent holiday with family.

Some of you might be able to travel a bit and inject some $ into the NZ economy – please do this I am sure our tourist operators will appreciate it.

For those of you in the Auckland region – with luck we will be able to move around a little more next week. But, if we can’t then please:

  1. Put away your laptops for a while.
  2. Close off zoom, MS Teams or whatever system you have been using
  3. Turn off school notifications on your phone



Have some time just for you!

Relax, refresh and rejuvenate!

The Origins of Geography Terms

The vocabulary we use to describe landforms and landscapes comes from languages around the world. It’s a prevalent example of how we rely upon the traditional ecological knowledge of peoples who know their lands best.

Here are some of the etymologies:

Alpine: From Latin Alpes “The Alps”
Archipelago: From Greek Arkhi Pélagos “chief sea” referring to the Aegean Sea
Atoll: From Dhivehi atholhu “palm of the hand”
Bayou: From Choctaw bayuk “small stream”
Billabong: From Wiradjuri bilabaŋ “watercourse that runs only after rain”
caldera: From Spanish caldera “cooking pot” referring to Las Cañadas caldera in the Canary Islands.
Cay: From Taíno cairi “island”
Cenote: From Yucatec Maya tsʼonot “accessible groundwater”
Drumlin: From Irish droimnín “littlest ridge”
Fjord: From Norwegian fjord “lake-like”
Geyser: From Icelandic Geysir “one who gushes”
Isthmus: From Greek isthmos “neck” referring to the Isthmus of Corinth
Jungle: From Sanskrit jaṅgala “arid”
Lagoon: From Venetian Laguna “lake” referring to the Venetian Lagoon
Mangrove: From Guaraní mangle “twisted tree”
Monadnock: From Abenaki Menonadenak “smooth mountain” referring to Mount Monadnock
Oasis: From Egyptian ouahe “dwelling place”
Savannah: From Taíno sabana “treeless plain”
Steppe: From Russian stepʹ “flat grassy plain”
Taiga: From Yakut tayga “untraversable forest”
Tundra: From Kildin Sami tūndâr “treeless plain”
Volcano: From Sicilian Vulcano, one of the Aeolian Islands

Map by Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.

A contemporary Geographic Issue – Level 3

Schooling Sargeant Majors (striped fish, Abudefduf saxatilis) and Spottail Pinfish (Diplodus holbrooki) swarm a discarded shopping cart on the bottom of the Lake Worth Lagoon in Singer Island, FL.

A combination assessment for Level 3 students – this resource activity combines both 3.6 and 3.7. 

Check out the resources here:

Resource booklet

Assessment tasks


Assessment Schedule

These were originally written by Duncan Bond.  Duncan has given us permission today to distribute these to all NZ Geography Teachers.

We would like to thank Sam Fazio-Smith, Curriculum Leader Geography at St Margaret’s College who has provided her updated resources which are attached.

Join us – FoR a korero about the Phase 2 RAS products – THis event has been postponed – sorry

When: Wednesday 18 August – 4.30pm to 6pm

Where: St Cuthbert’s College or on zoom

Purpose: To discuss and ask questions about the proposed standards and changes to the Level 1 programme.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Check out the proposed changes here:

India states considering two-child policy and incentives for sterilisation

Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat have announced draft legislation which would see anyone with more than two children denied benefits and in some cases jobs.

Article from The Guardian just last month on this topic.

Should rivers have the same rights as people?

Around the world, activists are pushing to protect their rivers by giving them legal personhood. Is this just symbolism, or can it drive lasting environmental change? Read this article in the Guardian – it is an excellent resource and offers lots of discussion for your classroom.

Milk and Money

This six part is available for viewing on The True Cost of Dairy in Aotearoa.

News exploring the dairy industry’s impact on the community, economy and environment of Aotearoa, and considering what a sustainable future for the industry could look like.

Might be a great investigation or issue to look at in your classes.

MOck exams fOR 2021

Practice exams are now available for schools to use. They are all uploaded at various links. Makes it all so easy!

Remember these exams were written by busy Geography teachers so it is critical that you check through each of the exams your end before giving to students – maybe even try the exam yourself to make sure that they make sense.

Level 1 mock exams can be found at this link

Level 2 mock exams can be found at this link

Level 3 mock exams can be found at this link

The 2021 scholarship exam can be found at this link

All the exams are presented as Word documents for ease of editing (adding school crests and so on).

Note: If you are having difficulty accessing these exams through your login you might not have paid your subscriptions for 2021. Please contact us if you have any concerns/comments.

Practice EXAMS will be available soon

The AGTA exams are written and will be uploaded here in week 10 of this term! Exciting!

We will have the following assessments available for download:

•       1.1, 1.2, 1.4

•       2.1, 2.3, 2.4

•       3.1, 3.2, 3.4

•       Scholarship

Remember to subscribe/become a member to get access to these examinations and many other handy resources! If you are having issues accessing the website please contact us by using the email address below:

Ngā mihi nui,

AGTA committee

Teaching ideas and resources for the Geography teachers of New Zealand