The New Zealand Graphics & Technology Teachers Association

Why Join NZGTTA?

NZGATTA is a progressive and forward thinking subject association with some very talented, creative and innovative thinkers in our ranks. We have been serving Technology and Graphics (DVC) teachers for over 39 years and have multiple regional associations peppered around the country that allow us to do this job.

Primarily we have been there to support, represent and inform the sector, but with all the changes, initiatives and developments in the education sector happening at the moment, it has never been more important to be part of a subject association especially with the roll out and funding of Networks of Expertise where Subject associations are now evolving to be PLD providers as well (Teachers helping teachers). It is in this area where we have been applauded for the work we have done and are doing with the support and dedication of the executive, regional representatives and subject specialists who give so willingly of their time to support others.

NZGTTA has supported and represented the sector in the following ways:

Student sewing
Student working with a lathe
Student designing a project
  • Our Technology Teacher Shortage Workgroup, led by Kevin Meyer, has been working with the Ministry of Education, Teachers Council, PPTA, Industry Training Federation and some Initial Teacher Education providers and is 90% of the way to getting trade based/qualified people feasible access to becoming workshop teachers and addressing the huge shortage in this area as well as making it an attractive sustainable option.

  • We are represented in reference groups and on subject specialist panels run by the Ministry of Education as they progress with the NCEA and the Assessment Standards Review, to make sure that any changes made are for the benefit of our students and teachers and reduce workload issues. We do this by first going to our sector for their thoughts and ideas.

  • We have the DVC Teaching & Learning Guidelines written by Ron von Musher and Motu Samael to support our DVC teachers and other subject associations are looking at this Ministry endorsed document as an exemplar for the development of their own T&L Guidelines. Motu is currently contracted to refine the aesthetic presentation of this living document.

  • At the end of 2019 we had run 26 PLD Workshops around the country, from Auckland to Dunedin, covering aspects of DVC & Technology assessment, Scholarship and learning programme writing & development, this doesn’t include regional based initiatives and PD opportunities. We also had our National Conference in partnership BCITO which provided delegates multiple opportunities to be exposed to new skills, new tools and new connections.

  • We have a long term partnership with BCITO which is proving hugely and mutually beneficial to both parties and our teaching sector as we move into this future where earning while you’re learning is gaining momentum in order to address the skills shortage.

  • We have the DVCCMT Google Forum with over 600 active members, all of whom are more than willing to answer questions, share ideas and keep others informed of current issues, initiatives and events for our sector with non-judgemental support.

  • We have open dialogue on an annual basis with NZQA and its’ DVC NAF & NAM (Internal & External Assessment) where we can raise/share concerns and offer suggestions to make assessment processes and systems better. We are looking to do the same for the Technology learning areas.

  • Once a financial member you will be able to attend all NZGTTA sanctioned PLD workshops for free in that financial year. National membership is $40 per person.

  • Looking forward we will play a very important role delivering PLD to support with the implementation of the new Standards. We will potentially pick up a new contract as a Network of Expertise to deliver PLD and will find out soon if this initiative is being continued. Chances are that should this initiative continue, NZGTTA will be a front runner for a renewal of our contract due to the success and reach of what we have done with the previous work in this area.

Come join the association along with encouraging your peers and take advantage of all we can offer but also give back because everyone has something they can offer.

We have something for everyone whether you teach with a wood bias, metal bias, textiles bias, multi materials, product or spatial design, DVC, Achievement Standards or Industry based Unit standards.

We are also very big on developing leadership capacity in our ranks for both subject specialists/experts as well as project managers and with the higher ranking opportunities come support and professional development.