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Winner anounced 

Congratulations go to Tarawera High School, recipients of the 2016 EONZ Best Outdoor Education Programme Award. The award was received on behalf of the school by Head of Department, Sophie Hoskins, during the annual Health and Physical Education conference held from 11-13 July in Palmerston North.


EONZ Best Outdoor Education Programme Award 

NOMINATIONS are now open for the  EONZ Best Outdoor Education Programme Award. This most special award will be presented to a school for an outstanding outdoor education programme and open to pre-school, primary, intermediate and secondary schools and tertiary institutions. 

The winner of the Award will be announced at the 2016 PENZ/EONZ/NZHEA Conference on Tuesday July 12th. Registrations are still open - click here.

Click here for the award criteria
Click here for a nomination form


National EOTC Coordinator Database operational This new tool is designed to strengthen the capability of EOTC coordinators within schools

The database is identified as an element of good practice in EOTC management and included in the updated Ministry of Education EOTC Guidelines 2016 – Bringing the Curriculum Alive. 

Registration with the database provides EOTC coordinators with:

  • Direct updates and need-to-know information from the Ministry of Education
  • Information to help strengthen processes and systems including EOTC systems review, internal incident reporting and review, reporting to the Board and more
  • Relevant professional development information
  • Notifications of opportunities to up-skill 
  • Pathways for relevant qualifications across EOTC management and delivery

 Read more here


EOTC Guidelines 2016 - Bringing the Curriculum Alive online now

The Ministry of Education has released the updated EOTC Guidelines 2016 - Bringing the Curriculum Alive. The guidelines are available online from today and  replace the 2009 issue of the same name. 

Read more about changes to the guidelines in the EONZ Press Release linked here

The guidelines are freely downloadable from the Ministry of Education Te Kete Ipurangi website. Go to EOTC Guidelines 2016 - Bringing the Curriculum Alive.

Information on Effective EOTC Management for Schools PLD 2016 can be found here. The 2-day workshops support schools to implement and review good EOTC practice using the guidelines.


Alpine Hiking ASG out now

An Alpine Hiking Adventure Safety Guideline (ASG) is now in place for those taking groups into the mountains. 

ASGs are voluntary guidelines that reflect industry good practice for managing safety. They set a benchmark for safety standards. See the full list of guidelines here.  As well as being used by outdoor providers the guidelines should be used by schools to ensure knowledge of what is expected in New Zealand of those leading adventure activities. 

In school contexts this knowledge should be used when:

  • the school itself is leading the activity
  • a provider is contracted (this must be a registered operator)
  • an individual is contracted by the school
  • a parent or other volunteer is helping the school​


Award winning UK Film maker to NZ

Reconnecting children to the outdoors. UK film maker and nature advocate David Bond was this week promoting his movie Project Wild Thing as part of the NZ Recreation Association (NZRA) co-led  Parks Week. Large cities were treated to screenings of the movie and David also attended a range of events to celebrate the week.   
Also see The Wild Network for more information on a movement to reconnect between children with nature. 


Hold Strong to Education outside the Classroom  

MEDIA RELEASE  In light of new legislation brought about by the Health and Safety Reform Bill, Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) calls on schools and Principals to stay focused on the value of learning experiences outside the classroom and the retention of EOTC practices in their school curriculum. This week saw media take the potential impact of the Health and Safety Reforms Bill on Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) to air. The media reports a……continue reading




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