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We are preparing to close this site soon as this content has now moved to Tāhūrangi .

Tāhūrangi is the new online curriculum hub for Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education.

Students need to see the relationship of their science learning to the world around them so they can see its relevance to their lives. Real world contexts give students opportunities to use their growing knowledge in meaningful ways.

Education Outside the Classroom  provides advice about planning learning experiences outside the classroom.

Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) | Providers by region  lists organisations that provide curriculum-linked programmes.

New Zealand real world science resources

There are many organisations that support school science with relevant, accessible material and opportunities for participation. Those listed here include Crown Research Institutes and other government organisations with practical teaching resources.

Department of Conservation  (DOC) 

The DOC website has resources to support conservation teaching and learning, and supported education programmes to get involved in.

Education for Sustainability

Education for Sustainability

The  teaching ideas  and  resources  support you to integrate Education for Sustainability into your local science curriculum. You can adapt these ideas to suit the needs, interests, and strengths of your students.



The aim of the Enviroschools programme is to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably. It supports children and young people to plan, design, and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, intermediate, and secondary school, and beyond. 

GNS Learning  on the  GNS Science  website 

Find: lesson plans, posters, interactive games, virtual tours, videos, blogs, maps, research, collections and databases, and a glossary, covering many science topics.


Geo Net

Public access to hazards information, including earthquake reports and Volcanic Alert bulletins. The website allows the retrieval of fundamental data sets to the research community. Feedback is sought on the effects of felt earthquakes through an online form, which adds to the data collections and contributes to a better understanding of these hazards.


Geo Trips

Compiled by GNS Science, geologists, and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country. Each GeoTrip includes images, maps, useful background information, and advice to get you started with your own geological explorations and discoveries.

Landcare research  

Landcare Research

Information, activities, video, and more with a focus on insects, spiders, weeds, biocontrol, Antarctica and Adélie penguins. Includes "what is this bug", an insect identification tool in English and Māori.


Virtual field trips covering a wide variety of topics and locations. LEARNZ online field trips are self-contained and free for NZ teachers and their classes.

LENScience  from the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. 

Liggins Education Network for Science

The Liggins Education Network for Science provides schools with access to scientific research communities promoting connections between schools and scientists. Innovative programmes are designed to inspire schools and scientists to maximise student potential and understanding of science and health issues through a wide range of learning opportunities.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) | Teacher resources

  • Te Ao Tūroa resource  – Looks at how 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support our primary industries. Learning experiences for levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems and link to the learning areas of health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology.
  • Using SOPI in schools  – Using the Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (SOPI) report. MPI have developed resources for teachers. Science learning activities include: Kiwi protection though diversity  and Wai-Wai Not!
  • Food safety resources for teachers  – A series of downloadable units.
  • Primary industries lessons  – Teacher resources on a range of topics including the importance of biosecurity, food, and careers in the primary industries.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research  (NIWA)

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

Includes research, educational material, publications, maps, teachers' and students' sections, and links to the various national centres of NIWA. Climate data that students can use in science projects is available.

Royal Society of New Zealand

The RSNZ website includes information about the CREST Awards, funds for schools and students, international science opportunities for students, conferences and science fairs, an archive of contributed educational resources, and more.

Science Learning Hub

Teaching resources make connections between school science and New Zealand scientists' work.

Science Media Centre

Promote accurate, evidence-based reporting on science and technology by helping the media work more closely with the scientific community.

Science New Zealand  represents New Zealand's seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)

Find science news and links to all of the CRIs. Crown Research Institutes create economic, environmental and social wealth through science and its application in New Zealand and around the world.

Te Ara

New Zealand's online encyclopedia themes on  Earth, Sea, and Sky  and  The Bush  are relevant to science.

Te Papa | Educator section

Online teaching and interactive learning resources making connections to science in the real world.