UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group

Could you be the next youth voice of UNESCO?   Are you aged between 18 and 25 and want to take action to promote peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific?   Then we want to hear from you.   UNESCO NZ Youth Reference Group UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and… More

EfS Strategy Launched

Kia ora koutou The Mātauranga Whakauka Taio – Environment Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan has just been launched. Developed on behalf of government by the Department of Conservation, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Education, the strategy refreshes the Environmental Education strategy released in 1998 to reflect the changes in priorities and approaches that have happened… More


NZAEE Conference 2018

NZAEE 8th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education         Dates: Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 April 2018       Venue: Wellington Girls College, Wellington, New Zealand Continue Reading


Election Manifesto

Prior to the 2014 General Election, NZAEE produced a manifesto calling on all political parties to consider the place of education for sustainability in their policies. The manifesto outlines our policy priorities for government. Follow the link below to read the manifesto.

Election manifesto July 2014

NZAEE Information Brochure

NZAEE Brochure

NZAEE Newsletters

We produce KiwEE News every two months, with news and information about what is happening in the New Zealand EE community. These are emailed to all members. Back issues are available here two months after they have been published.

To receive your personal copy of the newsletter and be kept up to date with the latest Environmental Education and  Education for Sustainability news, Become a member

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Consultation Report for the revision of the Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools

This report summarises feedback from the environmental education community regarding the re-writing of the Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools, published in 1999.  This feedback was sought through consultation meetings and online submissions in response to a position paper written as an initiator of the re-writing of the Guidelines.

The State of Environmental Education in New Zealand – A baseline assessment of provision in the formal sector in 2006

In 2006 WWF commissioned the University of Waikato to conduct a baseline assessment of environmental education (EE) provision in mainstream New Zealand schools. As an active EE stakeholder in New Zealand, WWF thought it was time to obtain quantitative information about EE that would indicate where strategic developments need to be encouraged.  The study was conducted in a way that can be repeated in the future in order to map these developments.  A number of indicators widely considered to reflect and influence EE provision were selected for investigation.  Information obtained through this investigation informed a set of recommendations for action from all sectors of the EE field, including government


Teaching for Action in the Environment: Some Research Outcomes


This paper presents some preliminary research outcomes of a series of five case studies in New Zealand schools that examined teaching and learning approaches to promote students’ action competence in environmental education (EE). The project created research partnerships between experienced researchers (mentors), Regional Environmental Education Coordinators and teachers.

Previous research had indicated an under-emphasis of education for the environment in school-based EE, suggesting a lack of student action-taking as part of their EE study. The development of action competence in EE is seen as an important component of a student’s education for a sustainable future.

The project paired a classroom teacher with a Coordinator to conduct research around the delivery of an EE unit in the teacher’s classroom. Each teacher chose their own pedagogies to enhance action-taking. Data collection using classroom observation, interviews and analysis of student work enabled teachers, coordinators and their mentors to look for development of components of action competence during the EE unit.

The project is illuminating some effective pedagogies for teaching EE. Themes such as the use of empowering pedagogies leading to enhanced student engagement and confidence and the changing roles of teacher and student are emerging.

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Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools

This research, presented in four volumes, looked at current practice in environmental education in New Zealand schools using a range of methods.