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

Our aims are to:

  • foster the development of technology education in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • develop and maintain national and international links between those working in technology education and with the wider technological community
  • support professional, curriculum, and resource development in technology education
  • encourage and support research in technology education
  • organise a national, biennial technology education conference
  • work closely with other subject associations for mutual benefit of technology education.

TENZ - Technology Education New Zealand acknowledge Māori as the tangata whenua of Aotearoa and is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

TENZ is managed by its National Council, members of which are elected by financial members of the association.

Council positions are for two years. Information about the current TENZ Council can be found here.

Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) was established in 1996 to foster the development of technology education in Aotearoa New Zealand schools.

In 1997 Dr Alister Jones, now Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor of Waikato University, established the original TENZ Trust Board and in 2005 Alister initiated the change from Trust Board to a member-elected TENZ Council, of which Alister was the first chair.

In its early years, administrative and financial services were provided for TENZ by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) and then, in 2006, TENZ moved its administrative base from the RSNZ to the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) now, as of 2017, called Engineering New Zealand (ENZ).

TENZ is constituted as a Technical Interest Group (TIG) within ENZ who continue to provide administrative and financial services for the association and with whom we share goals for the ongoing development and promotion of technology education within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Anyone with an interest in technology education can join TENZ.

There are three types of membership:


TENZ Institution Membership is intended for schools.
With a TENZ Institution Membership, your school can join TENZ and have as many school staff as you wish registerd as members within your Institution Membership i.e. all staff involved in technology education can be registered as members.


An Individual Membership is a personal membership of TENZ. This type of membership is for you if you have an interest in technology education but do not work in a New Zealand school, e.g. you work in an associated industry or service, or you work in a tertiary institution.


Student Membership is to help beginning teachers join the technology education community and network and is available for students in their final year of teacher training.

For more details, and to join TENZ, use the button below.