Secondary School

Take your class for a deep dive into a variety of topics by booking our onsite education programme.

The programme covers a range of topics suitable for Years 11-13 that relate to Levels 1-3 NCEA – National Certificate of Educational Achievement Standards and the International Baccalaureate Curriculum.

Tiritiri Matangi’s bush classroom gives secondary school students the chance to understand ecological processes, the impact of humans on our environment and learn about New Zealand’s unique ecology and biodiversity. 

Woven through this educational experience, will be an understanding of the interconnectedness of humans and nature, as exemplified through the Māori world view, “Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au”, “I am the land, the land is me”.  Mana whenua tribes will be acknowledged and esteemed.

Mana whenua tribes will be acknowledged and esteemed.

The programme supports any educational programme for students studying:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Creative writing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Outdoor education 
  • Photography
  • Science – ecology
  • Sustainability 
  • Technology  

Below are some of the specific programmes that are offered for each Year Level

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Sustainable use of an environment

NCEA Geography 1.3. (Internal) For this programme, students will gain a firm understanding of the principles of sustainability and its application. The programme includes worksheets and a 15-20 minute presentation. AS91009.

Pest Free Tiritiri Matangi

NCEA Science 1.12. For this programme, students will compare and contrast the mainland environment with Tiritiri’s pest-free environment. As part of this class, students will learn about the ecological impacts of removing pests from a highly modified environment.  AS90951

Biological management

NCEA Biology 1.0. The management of sanctuaries, like Tiritiri Matangi, requires careful planning to achieve the best conservation outcome. This requires a careful consideration of threats and wider conservation efforts that may threaten or enhance the environment. AS91009.

Report on a biological issue

NCEA Biology 1.2 In this programme, teachers can choose from a variety of topics which include; rubbish disposal, possum control, fishing, introduced birds or mammals, biological control, use of 1080, burning fossil fuels, biosecurity, marine reserves. AS90926

Education for Sustainability (EFS)

NCEA 2 & 3. This programme can be applied to a number of curriculum areas including Art, Economics, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Māori, Marketing, Religious Education/Studies, Science and Tourism.

Practical investigation

NCEA Biology 2.1 (Internal) For this programme students will carry out a practical investigation in a biology context under supervision e.g rocky shore study with teacher schedule, student instructions and support available. AS 91153

Genetic variation and change

NCEA Biology 2.5 This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate an  understanding of genetic variation and change. A 15-20 minute presentation and accompanying worksheet will describe and demonstrate three effects: genetic drift, bottleneck effect and founder effect. AS 91157

Ecological pattern recognition

NCEA Biology 2.6 In this supervised programme, students will investigate a pattern in an ecological community. These include a rocky shore zonation study and succession of pōhutukawa monoculture. AS 91158 (Internal) 

The use of open sanctuaries

NCEA Biology 3.2 In this programme, students will learn to integrate their biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue. As part of the programme, students will take part in a guided walk, receive a lecture and be given specific resource material such as research papers. AS91602 (Internal) 

Responses of plants and animals to their environment

NCEA Biology 3.3 This programme will focus on plant and animal responses to the changing and pest free environment on Tiritiri. Worksheet with a 15-20minute presentation available. AS91603 

Evolutionary processes

NCEA Biology 3.5 By the end of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation. Worksheet with a 15-20 minute presentation available. AS901695

Genetic engineering

NCEA Biology 3.7 As part of this programme, students will learn about how humans have manipulated the genes of plants and animals and discover about the biological implications of this human impact. The programme will touch on human impacts on ecosystems, genetic biodiversity, health or survival of individuals, survival of populations, evolution of populations. AS91607 (Internal) 


Y12-13 International Baccalaureate International Baccalaureate students visit Tiritiri to gain a better understanding of the biodiversity and often undertake rocky shore studies.  

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