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Google Drive folder: The go-to place for resources. Become a member of ESSENZ here and you will be given automatic access OR go to our website for access to individual folders. You will also be put onto our database so that you can receive notifications about workshops, events and new resources.

ESSENZ website: - the ‘go-to’ place news, conferences, field trips, and resources. Secure assessments are available for members of ESSENZ only.

Facebook: Look up Earth & Space Science Educators NZ or follow this link: Good for contacting other ESS teachers and getting ideas for assessments, field trips and class activities.

Workshop and webinar dates and other news: These will be sent out by website updates, Google Workspace newsletter, Facebook notifications and emails. Please read carefully to get up-to-date information.

Help for ESS/SciESS teachers: ESSENZ has a network of Regional Representatives (RR) that can offer help to ESS/SciESS teachers. Note that some of the regions overlap, so that teachers have a choice to suit their locality and needs, whether for individual help or workshop dates and venues.
The contact details for the
regional representatives can be found here.

1on1 help: Because ESS is a relatively small subject some teachers are not able to easily obtain the support that they need in areas such as ideas and task writing for internal standards, assistance with the moderation of student work and unfamiliar or difficult content in external standards. Contact your local RR here or contact Jenny Pollock at for longer discussions via Zoom or Google Meet.

PLD Workshops: It is difficult to run F2F workshops this year, due to ongoing Covid-19 worry. Therefore we are changing our PLD programme to shorter Zoom webinars. For more information go to here. In term 4, face-to-face enrichment days are being held in some regions. These days connect teachers with their regional representatives and the resources in their area. Go to here for information about enrichment days in 2022.

Rural/distance/new to ESS help: Our funding enables us to assist teachers who aren’t able to get funding to come to workshops. This funding is for rural, distant teachers or for teachers new to ESS, but we will consider any reasonable request. We pay relief costs for the hours you would have worked at your school that day plus petrol for a car or mini-bus. If you think that you qualify email your regional representative or Jenny .

Resource development: When we know more about the changes to NCEA, we will be developing resources for these. If you would like to help with this mahi, please send you name and email address to Jenny at or Donna at ESSENZ has funding available for this.

ESS Scholarship: Resources for both teachers and candidates are now available online here.
Zoom webinars can be found
here. These webinars are on the content that needs to be covered, hints for approaching the exams, and old questions. Contact Jenny Pollock at

ESA workbooks: