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Welcome


This site is about linking students to places of interest and sites with information to help them with their learning. It is geared towards Geography students studying NCEA Geography in New Zealand. Not all the information that is posted here is needed to pass NCEA Geography but is here for students to extend their knowledge and understanding of Geography. The site is managed by Mrs O'Hagan who teaches Geography in Auckland, New Zealand.

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What is Geography?


Geography is about studying the earth, the features that are on the earth and the interaction between the people and the earth. Simply put, Geography is about people and the environment and how each of these influence each other.

There are two distinct aspects of Geography, physical Geography and human Geography, however even these have overlaps. Physical Geography is more about the physical environment; volcanoes, landslides, climate, soils etc, whereas human Geography looks at how people interact with each other and the environment; urban settlements, population growth, economic development etc.


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Geography and my future?


This is a question that I get asked frequently, and it concerns me that many parents and students do not see the benefit of studying Geography and yet for people to live in this world today, they are using Geography everyday. In Auckland, we complain about the traffic, and whether we should build more motorways or build a better public transport system. Many people wonder why the problem as escalated as it has so quickly. All of these questions can be answered when you study Geography. A geographer would consider elements of population growth, immigration to New Zealand, birth rates… A geographer would consider the planning that would go into building new infrastructures; how much these would cost, who they would affect, how the natural environment would be affected and who they need to get on side to approve their ideas.

Okay maybe traffic in Auckland is slightly dry and does not really get your juices going, but what about…
  • Should Antarctica become a military base?
  • Should taxes increase to pay for our growing superannuation bill?
  • Why does the government allow overseas people and businesses to buy New Zealand’s prime land?
  • Why can’t the Treaty of Waitangi thing just go away?
  • Why are some countries poorer than others?
  • Why is it that some people just keep getting richer, while others seem to get poorer?


All of these questions can begin to be answered, or at least studied when you take Geography.

In Geography,
  • you will use computers
  • you will use the internet
  • you will use Geographic Information Systems
  • you will create websites
  • you will blog your own ideas to a worldwide audience
  • you will keep up to date with New Zealand’s news and the world’s news
  • you will justify your opinion
  • you will see problems from different perspectives
  • you will problem solve
  • you will gain the skills that you will need to thrive in the continually changing world.

Study Geography! You will gain the skills that employers are looking for.

Careers in Geography


Geography leads to a variety of careers in the future.

Career opportunities in Geography
General
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Army Rifleman
Astronomer
Atmospheric Scientist
Demographer
Immigration Officer Planner
Geologist
Geophysicist
Map Maker
Navy Hydrographic Survey Officer
Recreation Planner
Secondary School Teacher
Travel and Information Consultant
Volcanologist
Weather Forecaster







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