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Education and Engagement

New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers

About the NZBoGT

The Board of Geography Teachers is a subcommittee of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS). Our vision is to: 

  • support the quality teaching and learning of Geography in Aotearoa New Zealand secondary schools. 
  • raise the profile of Geography for students through participation in NZBoGT competitions and events. 
  • Promote links between the secondary and tertiary sectors and wider workforce within the geography community 

We advise and consult with the Ministry of Education and New Zealand Qualifications Authority on matters of interest to New Zealand geography teachers and students. The Board also supports activities and professional development programmes for teachers and students at the local level through either Subject Associations or NZGS branches.

For questions related to the NZBoGT website, please contact Mary Robinson at

Why join?

Teachers are valued members of the NZGS community. NZGS membership gives teachers access to a range of NCEA exam resources, learning materials, curriculum support and advice, access to workshops and specialist support (like the incredible GIS Champions). As part of this community, teachers also have the capacity to shape education policy, undertake leadership roles within the organisation, and take advantage of professional development opportunities.  

In addition to the resources you’ll find on the NZBoGT website, NZGS is creating and curating promotional materials, information about study options and events, and activities to support teachers and promote geography among secondary students. Explore the Education and Engagement section to find out more and feel free to suggest other resources! 

Promoting geography

Looking for resources you can use to promote geography in your school? We all want to raise awareness about the importance of geography and increase geoliteracy among our students. We are open to your ideas about how we can better serve our geo community in this capacity, but for now, we have started creating and pulling together some existing resources we think might interest you. 

Multimedia resources, print materials and activities (Coming Soon)

Here you’ll find links to YouTube videos about key concepts in geography, case studies, resources about geography careers (which we know parents appreciate!), activities and heaps of other stuff we’ve compiled to promote our discipline. If you have any suggestions about what to add or come across a great resource, feel free to let us know!  

Visiting Geographers (coming soon)

Looking for a guest speaker to inspire students with the real world (and real career!) applications of geography? We are compiling a list of geographers all around the country who are available for guest talks (online or in-person). Our visiting geographers are passionate about what they do and keen to inspire the next generation, introducing your students to the complexity of geography and all the different career paths and research topics that go with it.  

Login to our member’s portal to access our list of Visiting Geographers, their areas of expertise and contact details.  

Want to become a Visiting Geographer? Contact our Communications Officer to learn more. 

Keeping in touch

To subscribe to the geo community listserv, please email Information Officer Polly Stupples at

In addition to the listserv and website, you can also keep up to date with Society events, news and opportunities via our social media channels. 

Studying geography

Geography Programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand

Whether you’re a teacher or Careers Advisor looking to help a student or a potential student looking for more information about study options, we have done our best to list the geography programmes and degrees available in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki | Lincoln University
Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa | Massey University
Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wānanga o Otago | University of Otago
Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato | University of Waikato
Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington  

Resources for students and early career researchers (Coming Soon)

We know that applying for postgraduate programmes, scholarships and grants can be overwhelming. This section has resources with tips about applying for postgrad or PhD programmes, applying for scholarships and other funding opportunities, writing grant proposals, building a CV and more. 

To access the full set of resources, login to our member’s portal.


To keep up with upcoming events within the NZGS community, follow us on social media.


The NZGS hosts a biennial conference bringing together industry professionals, students, researchers, academics and others together for a variety of talks, workshops, panels and networking opportunities. 

Talks on Demand / GeoVlog