New Zealand
Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • Birds (Backpack New Zealand) Hear New Zealand’s bird species’ unique calls. Each link on this page leads to a photo and a description of a bird species as well as to a recording of its call.
  • Explorations: New Zealand American Ring of Fire 2005 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. U.S. Department of Commerce) Dive into the ocean north of New Zealand with scientists studying the underwater volcanoes of the Kermadec Arc through virtual tours, video clips, and the scientists’ personal logs.
  • National Parks (Department of Conservation) Find out about New Zealand’s National Parks.
  • New Zealand (CIA World Factbook) Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics.
  • New Zealand Virtual Tour Lots of photos accompany the text of this virtual tour of North Island and South Island.
  • Weather (
    Get the current weather conditions for Auckland and other cities in New Zealand.
History and Government
  • The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Biographies of hundreds of famous New Zealanders
  • Gallery (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) Visit colorful and informative online exhibitions on New Zealand military, political, and social history.
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand ( The official website of the prime minister of New Zealand includes a biography, speeches and press releases, and other features about the prime minister’s professional life and activities.
  • Timeline (Made in New Zealand, The Treaty of Waitangi) View a detailed, illustrated timeline of New Zealand history.
  • View headline news and follow links to government services and citizen involvement websites.
The People
  • Education Gazette, New Zealand (Ministry of Education) Read articles about science education, classroom design, and the challenges that schools in New Zealand face, as well as the latest news from the national Ministry of Education.
  • A Home Away from “Home”: British and Irish Immigration to New Zealand, 1840-1914 ( Investigate the ancestry of Pakeha New Zealanders in this website about immigration to New Zealand.
  • New Zealand's Tangata Whenua (People of the Land) (100% Pure New Zealand) Learn about ancient Maori traditions and beliefs.
  • Powhiri, New Zealand’s Welcoming Spirit (100% Pure New Zealand) Narrated video clips accompany text that introduces the viewer to the parts of a traditional Maori ceremony of welcome. Follow links to additional information about Maori culture.
Cultural Life
  • Authors (New Zealand Electronic Poetry Center) Links to photos, biographies, and online works of selected New Zealand poets, including audio clips of some works read by their authors.
  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery Select Frances Hodgkins on the pulldown menu on this page to view more than forty of this New Zealander’s paintings.
  • Korero O Nehera Stories of Old ( A collection of traditional stories from Maori oral culture
  • Whalerider The feature film The Whale Rider (2002) is based on Witi Ihimaera’s novel by the same name. This is the film’s official website.
The Economy
For More Information
  • Country Profile: New Zealand (BBC News) Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, timeline, and overview. Watch video news clips.
  • New Zealand ( Find general country information, including geography, government, economy, etc.
  • New Zealand (Lonely Planet) Travel tips and country info
  • ( Listen to New Zealand's National Anthem.
Teacher Resources
  • Hydroelectricity (River Life Teachers’ Resource Kit, Department of Conservation) An article about the Waitaki Catchment, a hydroelectric complex in New Zealand, is followed by discussion questions for students. (Grades 6-8)
  • Learning about Protection of Endangered Hector’s Dolphins(CNN Student News Lesson Plan) Students read about the endangered Hector’s dolphin population that lives along the northwest coast of North Island and investigate the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries’ dolphin protection policy and compare it to other countries’ policies. (Grades 6-12)
  • Lesson Plan 2 for Secondary Students: Imports and Exports through the Port of Auckland (Ports of Auckland) Students examine charts of import and export activity at this New Zealand port in 1860 and in 2000. They complete a series of calculations and create graphs that help them interpret the data. (Grades 9-12)
  • Up in Smoke: Considering Arguments around Anti-Smoking Legislation (The New York Times on the Web Learning Network Teacher Connections) Students research the impact of total smoking bans in New Zealand and other countries and examine their own beliefs about antismoking legislation. (Grades 6-12)
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