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Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time – past present and future. It explores the relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.

Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on earth’s surface. It describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them. Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies to obtain, present and analyse information.

Geography stimulates a sense of wonder about the world.

Geography students are better able to make sense of a complex and changing world and their place in it. In geography, students have the opportunity to:

  • build on and expand their personal experiences of natural and cultural environments
  • explore real and relevant contemporary contexts
  • think spatially – explore the ways in which features are arranged on the earth’s surface
  • look at the processes that shape our world
  • undertake fieldwork investigations in different locations outside the classroom
  • develop an awareness of the connections between people and places
  • participate in informed responsible action in relation to geographic issues that affect them



The Geographer’s Toolkit – Introduction to the Skills and Concepts used by Geographers

Global Coffee Trade – including concepts such as Fair Trade

Sustainable Resource Use – Gold Mining at Waihi

Extreme Natural Events – Pacific Tsunami 2009


Tongariro Volcanic Environment – a study of a large natural environment

Global Pattern of Malaria Differences in Development in Tanzania

Auckland’s Urban Future – Upward or Outward?


‘Diamonds are Forever’ – A study of the global diamond trade and Blood Diamonds

Tourism Development in Rotorua

Coastal Processes at Omaha-Mangatawhiri Spit

Contemporary Geographic Issues – Independent Inquiry



Tutorials are given during the year for Year 12 and 13 students interested in Scholarship. Students need to speak to their Geography teacher to enrol.



In order to access teaching and learning resources from your teacher, log in to the Baradene website and navigate to ‘My Dashboard’.