These following websites and online resources have been selected to support the concepts explored in Both Sides of the Fence.

There are many useful websites with outdoor education information, lesson plans and teacher resources, some of which include examples of work by students in the classroom.

As websites can change, we recommend teachers check these links prior to use.

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission

Links to content on the New Zealand Walking Access Commission website

Education Outside the Classroom

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
The online site on TKI.

  • Safety and Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
    Legal responsibilities for the safety of all students involved in EOTC programmes
  • EOTC Guidelines
    The primary purpose of these guidelines is to support teaching and learning of the national curriculum. The guidelines may also be applied more broadly as a good-practice guide for other activities that schools are associated with.

Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC)
The online site on TKI.

The New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum
The online site within TKI.

English learning area
The online site within TKI.

Health and Physical Education learning area
The online site within TKI.

  • The Curriculum in Action
    In the Outdoor supports the implementation of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum by providing teachers with ideas for planning units of work to meet the identified learning needs of their year 7–8 students.

Social Sciences learning area
The online site within TKI.

  • Social Sciences Online - Building Sustainable Communities, level 5
    This unit examines the idea of communities' environmental and social sustainability, and the possible role of central and local governments in promoting sustainability, as well as the impact of individuals. It is written in a ‘generic’ way, with a suggested case study example (the Rotorua Lakes), and designed to be adapted to link to local communities, or to regional/national and even global contexts where issues of sustainability are a focus.

Education for Enterprise

Aims of Environmental Education
Environmental issues related to a sustainable future are often complex. Multidisciplinary holistic teaching and learning approaches are therefore appropriate for meeting the aims of environmental education.

Education for Enterprise
The online channel.

Tikanga Māori

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
Curriculum information for Māori–medium schools that align with Te Matauranga o Aotearoa.

  • Using Rongoā Māori
    As part of an outdoor education study, students can undertake some pre-trip activities pertaining to rongoā Māori.


Ingoa Wāhi o Aotearoa

  • Te Taurawhiri
    A list of well known place names from around New Zealand that can be viewed in English and Māori.
  • Korero Māori
    Ingoa Wāhi o Aotearoa - Aotearoa place names . An interactive map where you can learn to pronounce the place names in te reo Māori using audio sound bites.
  • Place names
    A list of place names to support the pronunciation of place names in te reo Māori using audio sound bites.
  • Mā - Tikanga
    Various information on marae/ Māori culture. Explanations are given to the different parts of the meeting house.

Museums and other collections

Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand
Explore the related collections of New Zealand's national museum.

Te Ara, Encyclopedia of New Zealand
The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

Waitangi Tribunal – The Treaty of Waitangi
Information regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, it's meaning, and the key principles of the treaty.

Ministry for the Environment - Principles of the Resource Management Act
Resource Management Act website with information on a number of different principles in relation to tangata whenua and treaty of Waitangi.

Quality Planning
Public access issues and management methods. This link contains guidance notes on coastal land development and the relationship tangata whenua have with coastal environments.

Outdoors in New Zealand

Department of Conservation - Parks and Recreation
Information about places to visit; national parks; tracks, walks, hunting and other activities; huts, cabins and campsites.

  • Tracks and Walks
    Information about the extensive walking and mountain biking opportunities on conservation land throughout New Zealand.
  • Great Walks
    Information about the department's premier walking tracks, through areas of some of the best scenery in the country.

Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) - Resources
Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) is the subject association for outdoor educators in New Zealand. The site includes contacts and activities of this organisation, and resources including "Outdoor Pursuits: Guidelines for Educators", "Quality Management and Safety Systems for EOTC", and "Outdoor Safety Management Systems".

Fish and Game New Zealand - Education
Education resources relating to fishing and game hunting in New Zealand.

  • Education Kits (free to schools)
    Fish & Game New Zealand Cross-curriculum Environmental Resource Kit for schools is particularly relevant to years 7 & 8 but also useful for years below and above that. It is a curriculum-based inquiry learning in social sciences, science and education for sustainability, based on the Waimakariri River.

Fonterra - Sustainability
Information and publications relating to sustainability in New Zealand dairy farming.

  • Clean streams in action
    Snapshots profiling Fonterra farmers around the country and their efforts to put the Dairying and Clean Streams Accord into action.

Get Outdoors
This section of the Mountain Safety website is intended to help people find the most active clubs and contacts in your chosen recreation and to help you get on your way to discovering more of New Zealand's great outdoors safely.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful - Events
Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) events and happenings around the country.

  •   Your Region
    A regional map with contact information relating to how Keep New Zealand Beautiful events and information.

Landcare Research - Mātauranga Māori?
Present-day, historic, local, and traditional knowledge; systems of knowledge transfer and storage; and the goals, aspirations and issues from an indigenous perspective.

Ministry of Primary Industries
Information about increasing sustainable resource use; and protecting New Zealand from biological risk in relation to: agriculture; forestry; fisheries; biosecurity and animal welfare,;and environmental and natural resources.

New Zealand Environmental Care Codes
Advice and guidelines for visitors to the outdoors about ways they can help to ensure our natural environment remains pristine, our historic relics are preserved, and our cultural values respected, and to also respect the rights of other people.

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
NZMSC is a national organisation with a mandate to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.

  • Outdoor Safety Tips
    Safety tips put together by the Mountain Safety Council to help people safely enjoy outdoor experiences in New Zealand.

New Zealand Police - Visitor Safety
Guidelines for visitors to New Zealand on a range of topics including keeping safe in the outdoors.

New Zealand Recreation Association - Resources
Publications and resources about outdoor recreation throughout New Zealand

Safety and legislative information for adventure activity operators.

Outdoor Safety Code
Outdoor safety information relating to tramping and camping, canyoning and caving, mountain biking, hunting and more.

Sport New Zealand - Outdoor Activities - Guidelines for Leaders
'Outdoor Activities - Guidelines for Leaders' is for paid and unpaid instructors, teachers, youth group leaders, and guides and applicable across a wide range of activities.

  • Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2009-15
    This strategy was released by SPARC in August 2009 and tackles the challenges identified in the review and consultation process. It will help SPARC achieve its objective of getting more people involved in outdoor recreation so that its many benefits can be enjoyed by individuals, communities, and the nation.
  • Parents/ Whānau
    From this page parents can find out how to help their children become active.
  • Sharing Good Practice - Case Studies
    Active Communities projects and council initiatives encourage people to lead active lifestyles through sport and recreation.

100% Pure New Zealand Tourism New Zealand - Things to do
Articles written by local experts and others about things to do in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Science Learning Hub

The New Zealand Science Learning Hub

  • Enviro-imprints
    Since humans first arrived in New Zealand, we have had a significant impact on the environment. How have we left our mark on our land, our air and our water?
  • Ferns
    Ferns are abundant in our New Zealand landscape, making them a major part of our ecosystems. Explore the science of ferns through the work of botanists.
  • Saving reptiles and Amphibians
    Find out about the conservation efforts here in New Zealand for our native reptiles and amphibians (native frogs, tuatara, skinks and geckos), and why they at risk.
  • Volcanoes
    Find out how volcanoes work, where they form, and what this means for the people that live around them. Meet the scientists finding the answers to these questions.
  • Ethics thinking tool
    The Ethics thinking tool is designed to help you explore an issue using ethical frameworks.
  • Futures thinking tool
    The Futures thinking tool is designed to help you explore how our society and environment may be shaped in the future.

Student ready collections

Auckland Regional Council - Volcanoes of Auckland
Set up by the Auckland Regional Council as part of its GIS in Schools project, this site targets volcanoes as natural hazards, but also provides valuable background information (for example, Māori use of the volcanic cones).

Environmental Protection Agency - Kids
These pages from the Environmental Protection Agency provide students with lessons and activities in a variety of areas where they can help clean up and protect the environment.

Dairy NZ - Rosie's Education
Teaching materials that provide suggestions for learning experiences using the dairy industry as a learning context. Curriculum links are shown clearly throughout, and the units also support inquiry learning and explicit instruction.

Living Heritage
An online environment with regional contributions from students.

  • Rangikura School
    Students at Rangikura School explore their links to the Cook Islands, their Pacific roots and how Porirua is made up today. They also wanted to find out about any special Maori myths and legends which relate to Porirua.
  • Treasures of Millers Flat
    Milers Flat School aims to create a database filled with historical treasures around their district. We want to provide information about our much loved icons. We want to share our knowledge about it and also encourage others to respect and preserve our heritage like they do.

Mercury Bay Area School - Cross curricular project - Coastal Adaptation To Climate Change
Mercury Bay Area School teachers have developed an innovative, cross curricular NIWA project, Coastal Adaptation To Climate Change. Staff worked in collaboration with a team of environmental specialists including scientists, engineers, planners, social scientists and educators along with support from Environment Waikato and Thames Coromandel District Council.

New Zealand Forest and Bird Society - Kiwi Conservation Club
Website for children interested in nature and the outdoors.

Water Safety - Education portal
A wide range of links relating to water safety education throughout New Zealand developed by a variety of providers.

Online learning environment for year 4-8 students.

  • Aotearoa Adventures
    In this wickED theme students find out about Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Creepy Crawlies
    In this theme students find out about bugs and other New Zealand insects.
  • Pests and Predators
    Students can click on a pest, drag it into the forest scene, then release it to see what impact it has on certain plant and animal life. They can look at the devastation an introduced animal can cause to New Zealand's indigenous environment and wildlife and read the fact file for more information about each pest and what it can do to the environment.

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