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General resources

Online resources

Action Competence Learning Process

Literacy Online: ELP framework

Health and Physical Education Online

A range of Ministry curriculum focused policy and guidance, teaching and learning resources, professional development support, and a range of links to visit for additional help.

Secondary Literacy Project

Te Kete Ipurangi - the online knowledge basket

New Zealand's bilingual education portal is an initiative of the Ministry of Education.

Professional learning support - supporting organisations

Science Learning Hub

The Biotechnology section in the Science Learning Hub has been developed in collaboration with educators and the biotechnology sector. It features up-to-date examples of biotechnology in practice, along with supporting classroom resources.

Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa 

(Ministry of Social Development)

Health and social issues

Tasker, G., and Hipkins, R. (2002). Social issues: Alcohol: A Resource for Health Education Teachers of Years 12 and 13 Students. Christchurch: Christchurch College of Education.

Tasker, G., Aldridge, L., and Unwin, S. (2009). Social and Ethical Issues in Sexuality EducationYears 12–13. Christchurch: Christchurch College of Education.

Promoting Student Health and Wellbeing: A Guide to Drug Education in Schools 

Resources for teaching and learning strategies and activities

Health and PE on TKI: Critical thinking and critical action

National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools

Services to Schools supports educators by providing professional learning, advice, and quality resources to inspire and inform student learning, foster their love of reading, and develop their knowledge of culture and heritage.

The Film Archive: On Disk library

The On Disk library of audiovisual teaching resources for secondary schools includes over 40 titles covering a range of subjects, with more titles to be added. On Disk has now ceased to operate as a lending library, but all titles can be screened and guided by teachers from the Film Archive’s team.

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te ara in Māori means “the pathway”. Te Ara offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions, and society.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

This website provides an online biographical database of the people who have helped shape New Zealand.

Academic resources (health education and physical education)


Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education

European PE Review

Health Education Journal

International Journal of Sport and Health Science

Journal of Health Physical Education and Recreation (JOHPER)

Journal of Physical Education New Zealand Te Kotuku Rerenga

Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE)

Physical and Health Education Journal (Canada)

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

Sport, Education & Society

SportsCoach, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The theory and philosophy of physical education

Arnold, P. (1979). Meaning in Movement, Sport and Physical Education. London: Heinemann

Bailey, R., and Kirk, D. (2008). The Routledge Physical Education Reader. London: Routledge.

Brown, S. (Ed.) (2010). Issues and Controversies in Physical Education: Policy, Power and Pedagogy. North Shore City: Pearson.

Cale, L., and Harris, J. (Eds.) (2005). Exercise and Young People: Issues, Implications and initiatives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cassidy, T., Jones, R., and Potrac, P. (2009). Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice (2nd ed.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Davids, K., Button, C., and Bennett, S. (2008). Dynamics of Skill Acquisition: A Constraints-led Approach. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Davis, P., and Dew, K. (2004). Health and Society in Aotearoa New Zealand. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Dinan-Thompson, M. (Ed.) (2009) Health and Physical Education. Issues for Curriculum in Australia and New Zealand. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Evans, J., Daview, B., and Wright, J. (2004). Body Knowledge and Control. Studies in the Sociology of Physical Education and Health. London: Routledge.

Green, K. (2008). Understanding Physical Education. London: Sage.

Hellison, D. (1991). A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

Jones, R., Potrac, P., Cushion, C., and Tore Roglan, L. (Eds.) (2010). The Sociology of Sports Coaching. London: Routledge.

Kidman, L., and Hanrahan, S. J. (2010). The Coaching Process: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach. London: Routledge.

Kirk, D., Macdonald, D., and O’Sullivan, M. (Eds.) (2006). The Handbook of Physical Education. London: Sage.

Kirk, D., Macdonald, D., and O’Sullivan, M. (Eds.) (2006). The Handbook of Physical Education. London: Sage.

Kirk, D., Nauright, J., Hanrahan, S., Macdonald, D., and Jobling, I. (1996). The Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement. Melbourne: Macmillan.

Metzler, M. (2000). Instructional Models for Physical Education. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Ministry of Social Development (2002). New Zealand’s Agenda for Children. Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.

Ministry of Youth Affairs (2002). Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa. Wellington: Ministry of Youth Affairs.

Mosston, M., and Ashworth, S. (2002). Teaching Physical Education. San Francisco: B. Cummings.

Ross, B. and Burrows, L. (Eds.) (2003). It Takes Two Feet: Teaching Physical Education and Health in Aotearoa New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.

Rowling, L., Martin, G., and Walker, L. (2002). Mental Health Promotion. Concepts and Practice Young People. Sydney: McGraw Hill.

Tinning, R., Macdonald, D., Wright, J., and Hickey, D. (2001). Becoming a Physical Education Teacher: Contemporary and Enduring Issues. New South Wales: Pearson Education.

Ubbes, V. A. (2008). Educating for Health. An Inquiry-based Approach to PreK-8 Pedagogy. Ill: Human Kinetics.

Wright, J. Macdonald, D., and Burrows, L. (Eds.). (2003). Critical Enquiry and Problem-Solving in Physical Education. New York: Routledge.

Teacher professional associations aligned to technology

Home Economics and Technology Teachers New Zealand (HETTANZ)

New Zealand Graphics and Technology Teachers Association (NZGTTA)

Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ)

Assessment and professional support

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. See in particular NZQA Technology. Includes information on assessing with unit standards.

NZQA: Assessment resources

Assessment Online

This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.

The linked site Consider the Evidence promotes 'evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools' and supports secondary educators in making best use of evidence to improve student achievement.

For a view of how assessment can best serve learning, see Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, Rosemary Hipkins, and Ian Reid (available as a Word or PDF file).

Education Review Office

In 2007, ERO published three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis)

The BES programme is a collaborative knowledge-building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand. 

Professional development resources

Ministry of Education websites

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008–2012

Ka Hikitia is a five-year strategy that aims to transform and change the education sector, ensuring that Māori are able to enjoy educational success as Māori.

Key Competencies Online

This companion site to New Zealand Curriculum Online offers specific guidance to school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030

The Pasifika Education Plan 2013–2017 (PEP) is aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement and achievement from early learning through to tertiary education.

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako sets out competencies integral to creating culturally responsive learning environments and contexts, based on knowledge, respect, and collaborative approaches to Māori students, their whānau, and iwi. Successful teachers of Māori learners need to develop these competencies in each phase of their careers.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

TMoA includes an English translation of the main sections of the draft Marautanga. Of the learning areas, only levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated.

Te Tere Auraki

Te Tere Auraki is a professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects, each of which can be accessed from the main page: Te Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua, Ako Panuku, and Te Mana Kōrero.

The New Zealand Curriculum Online

As well as the HTML version of The New Zealand Curriculum, this interactive site offers a variety of support and strategies, news updates, digital stories of schools’ experiences, and archived material relating to development of the curriculum.

The Secondary Education Portal

Provides links to information, resources, and guidance to support secondary teaching and learning.

Careers information

A Study of Students' Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

Career Education and Guidance in New Zealand Schools

Provides advice and support on providing effective career education and guidance in years 7 to 13.

Career Education in Practice

Available from Career Services Rapaura, Career Education in Practice, is a practical handbook to help schools manage and develop their career education programmes.

Careers NZ

Provides secondary students and school leavers with information, tools, and tips relating to career planning, job hunting, CVs and interviews, job types, study and training courses, and job matching.

Learning Workers: Young New Zealanders and Early Career Development

Leadership resources


Daft, R., and Pirola-Merlo, A. (2009). The Leadership Experience (Asia Pacific edition). Australia: Cengage Learning.

Irwin, D., Straker, J., and Hill, A. (2012). Outdoor Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: A New Vision for the Twenty-First Century. Christchurch: CPIT.

Orams, M. (2009). Blake Leader. Leadership Lessons from a Great New Zealander. Auckland: Random House.

Prouty, D., Panicucci, J., and Collinson, R. (2007). Adventure Education: Theory and Applications. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
(Especially Part 2, chapters 6 and 7: Responsibilities of adventure education leaders, and Facilitating the adventure process.)

Robinson, V., Hohepa, M., and Lloyd, C. (2009).  School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why. Best Evidence Synthesis. Wellington: Learning Media.


Modelling Maori Leadership: What Makes for Good Leadership? (PDF 165KB) Selwyn Katene.

Saunders, R. (2005). “Youth Leadership: Creating Meaningful Leadership Programmes for Young Women through the process of Co-construction”. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(2), pp. 15–30.

Activity cards

Everyday Leadership Cards

Last updated July 7, 2022