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Assessment and professional support

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject specific web pages.
  • See in particular NZQA subject resources for Geography. This page contains links to achievement standards, examiner and moderator reports, exemplar materials and newsletters.

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 an overview of assessment, see Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, 
John Hattie, 
Rosemary Hipkins, and 
Ian Reid (also available as a Word or PDF file).

Education Review Office

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

New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers

Support for teacher members includes a quarterly newsletter, an events calendar, teacher resources, links, and an online forum.

Auckland Geography Teachers Association

Canterbury Geography Teachers Association

New Zealand Geographical Society

Support for New Zealand geography teachers.

National Geographic

Global resources for teachers.

The Geography Site

Geography resources for teachers and students.

Google Earth

The world in 3D.

GIS software and products


Teaching resources on water and the atmosphere.

Resourcing ideas

The following references will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for geography.

The National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools

Over 500 000 items are available through the Schools Collection, including books, videos, and DVDs. Schools can also interloan music, books, and serials from the National Library’s general collections through their local curriculum information service centre.

The Film Archive

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.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Search the geography topics.

Te Kete Ipurangi

See in particular the social sciences community. Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for learning.

Social Sciences Online

This site provides pages specific to the following senior subjects: business studies, classical studies, economics, geography, history, and senior social studies.

Social sciences online also provides PDFs of titles in the Ministry of Education series Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS). Titles:

  • Approaches to Building Conceptual Understandings
  • Approaches to Social Inquiry
  • Being Part of a Global Community
  • Belonging and Participating in Society

Although the BCUSS series is designed to help teachers of levels 1-5, it is strongly recommended to senior social science teachers.


Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each weekday between 1 pm-6 pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, or secondary school or being home-schooled.

Ministry of Education websites

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.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes a translation into English of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is a strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Te Tere Auraki

This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects:

Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030

This site takes a closer look at the Action Plan for Pacific Education and the Pasifika Education Implementation Plan. It offers reflective questions, ideas, stories, and resources to support and inspire schools to make a difference for all Pasifika students.

Key Competencies Online

This section of 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.

Other government websites

BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) programme

BES is a collaborative knowledge-building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand. See in particular: Effective pedagogy in social sciences/tikanga ā iwi: Best evidence synthesis iteration [BES] (2008).

Other websites

The following websites have been recommended as helpful by teachers. They have not been extensively reviewed or checked for quality.

Last updated January 16, 2023