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Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) is a non profit professional association supporting and promoting all levels and areas of technology education in New Zealand.

TENZ is organised by teachers for teachers and our aim is to enhance the learning and teaching of technology by creating a well informed, well connected, supportive, and sustainable professional community that has a strong voice and provides effective advocacy for technology education.
To achieve our aims, we need the support of as many teachers as possible. So join us, and help grow and strengthen our national network supporting and promoting technology education across New Zealand.

Wednesday Webinar

Develop your professional skills


Date: 22 June 2022

Time: 4-5pm

TENZ Members Register here:


Guest Speaker
: Martin Pratchett  (Engineer)

Speaker Profile: I’m the engineering practice manager at Engineering New Zealand. I’ve been here since January 2019. My role is to identify where there are problems in the work engineers are producing in New Zealand and find ways to resolve them. It’s long term work; there are no quick and easy fixes that I’ve found so far. Before working at Engineering New Zealand, I worked as a structural engineer in Lower Hutt, Wellington.

Focus of the Presentation: The presentation is about competency. It discusses how you can recognise the bounds of your competence and use that understanding to grow as a professional. Using the process described, you can build mentoring programs to enable people working in your team to define and reach their professional goals.

Suitable for: Teachers keen to know about teamwork, goal setting, mentoring, competency and authentic industry practice.

News & Information

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Effective Community Engagement for a Diverse Tech Workforce

STEM Alliance Aotearoa were proud to host a webinar during TechWeek 22. We invited four inspiring speakers to share the mahi they have been doing in their community, and how effective community engagement can support more rangatahi into tech careers.


A Practical Guide to STEM Community Engagement in Aotearoa

STEM Alliance Aotearoa is proud to release the ultimate guide to STEM community engagement. 

In this book, we present an easy-to-use, research-based guide for effective STEM community engagement. This is an invaluable resource for all community engagement facilitators, educators and STEM professionals wanting to know how they can work better, together. It is packed full of insights, activities and tools to help you on your STEM engagement journey.

Technology Education in New Zealand: A guide for teachers

Purchase from https://www.routledge.com/9780367418953

This book aims to develop understanding of technology education in New Zealand. It is New Zealand’s story of technology education in the 21st century and will assist teachers and teacher educators in developing technology education programmes. It explores the philosophy of and rationale for technology education and the relevant theory underpinning technology education. The background to recent changes to the technology curriculum are outlined and aspects of Technology in The New Zealand Curriculum are explored, including sections on the technological areas, strands and components of technology. The process of planning a unit of work is explained thoroughly and modelled to assist teachers who are new to teaching technology in New Zealand. The authors take a unique, dual narrative approach to explore two students’ journeys through their technology education. This is complemented by teachers’ commentary, making explicit links to teacher thinking and theory, and explaining planned student practice. Wholly dedicated to the New Zealand context, this is essential reading for preservice and qualified teachers alike.

Support Technology Education

TENZ welcomes support for all aspects of technology education.

By supporting technology education, you will help more students enjoy, and benefit from, effective learning in technology, and see the opportunities of a career in technology. With your assistance, students of all ages can become as excited and passionate about the subject as you are, leading to a more technologically informed society and contributing to a workforce of innovative, creative, independent, lateral thinkers who are both leaders and team players.

Your support could be local, regional or national. It could be focused at early childhood, primary, secondary, or tertiary levels for teachers and/or students.

Types of Support

There is a wide range of ways to support technology education. These could include:

  • Working with students or teachers in a class, school, cluster of schools, region or nationally
  • Providing free or discounted resources or materials
  • Developing teaching materials
  • Providing industry visits
  • Providing experts and expertise (by in-person visit, phone call, email, Skype call, etc.)
  • Being a guest speaker at a school or specially organised event
  • Being a judge for projects
  • Supporting students in their design and manufacture of products
  • Providing technical support for the use of tools and equipment.
  • Sponsoring awards for individual, class, school, region, or national project(s)
  • Sponsoring students to continue with further study

Suppliers and Contacts

TENZ is developing web-based information about suppliers and contacts. We are keen for this to develop into the go-to website for all teachers of technology.

Would you like to have your company, service, products, contact details, ....  added to this site?
Contact us

Sponsors and Advertisers


We are keen to hear from sponsors who want to advertise to our members about offers and discounts for students and/or teachers that we can include in our newsletters.


Every two years TENZ holds a national conference which provides opportunities for providers to showcase their products and support technology education.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities include:

  • Sponsorship that will be strongly promoted throughout the conference
  • Trade displays
  • TENZ awards (formally announced at the conference dinner)
  • Conference gifts and prizes
  • Sponsorship of conference bags, inserts or giveaways
  • Sponsorship of conference catering (morning teas, afternoon teas, lunch, conference dinner, conference welcome)
  • Sponsorship to enable a teacher to attend the conference (This could include a teacher from a specific field, a remote region or a NZ region recently affected by hardship – such as floods, drought, earthquakes, etc.)
  • Sponsorship to enable a Matanga (expert) to travel to run a workshop at the conference
  • Sponsorship of early childhood, primary or secondary school student(s) to present their exemplary work
  • Sponsorship of best paper award for an international researcher, NZ researcher, NZ masters research student, NZ doctoral research student, international doctoral research student, or for the best paper in a particular field

If you are keen to support technology education in any way please contact us.