Earth and Space Science Educators of New Zealand ESSENZ

Ngā Kaiwhakaako Pūtaiao ā-Papa, ā-Rangi o Aotearoa

Credit: Ian Griffin/Otago Museum

Welcome to the ESSENZ website
Nau mai, haere mai ki te pae tukutuku a Ngā Kaiwhakaako Pūtaiao ā-Papa, ā-Rangi o Aotearoa

Earth and Space Science Educators of New Zealand (ESSENZ) is the national subject association supporting and promoting Earth and Space Science (ESS) education, for all NZC year levels.
Mairi Borthwick is the President of ESSENZ. The contact details for Mairi and the rest of the ESSENZ executive committee members, plus the regional representatives, can be found here.

Our aim is to make sure that ESS is well resourced, now and in the future, and that help is available throughout New Zealand. See below for the links to the help that ESSENZ provides and the webinars that we will be recording and posting on a range of topics.

We would like all ESS teachers (no matter how few or many standards you teach) to become members of ESSENZ. Please fill in the form at this link: membership form

Also check out our Notices page for links to current information about changes from NZQA and free courses.

For all inquires please contact us at

Photo Anaton Rottpeter

The resources section is being updated frequently. Go to Resources to see what we've added.

ESS Scholarship resources:
Here is the link for the
ESS Scholarship Term 3 timetable can be found.

ESSENZ help is available here and the executive committee and regional representative contacts are here.

Webinar programme here and links to the webinar recordings and resources look here or here.

The latest IPCC report can be found here.

Here is the link to Royal Society Te Apārangi IPCC video presentation.

L2 and L3 exams

Experienced examiners are writing L2 and L3 ESS exams - to be released end of T2 or the start of T3.
Only ESSENZ members can obtain these exams.
Members will be notified when they are ready.

The IAU have put out a 'Big ideas in Astronomy' pdf booklet. Find in the Astronomy resources folder. Also visit their website: AstroEd.

Photo Ian Griffin - Otago Museum

To become an ESSENZ member go to this link here.