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Towards Effective Technology Education in New Zealand


Maxwell S. Reid

Auckland University of Technology, NZ
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On the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
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New Zealand is a small former British colony in the South Pacific with a population of 3.9 million people. The small economy of the country is heavily dependent on overseas trade. Historically, a large proportion of New Zealand’s exports, mainly agricultural products, went to the United Kingdom. In the past 20 years, however, New Zealand has had to adapt to a changing world, so that now our largest exports are to Australia, Japan, the United States, and China. New Zealand has, of necessity, moved away from its dependence on dairy, meat and wool exports, as the new industries of forestry, horticulture, fishing, manufacturing and tourism have become more significant (Department of Statistics, 1999). These changes, together with the huge advances in the associated technology, have created dramatic changes to our economy, and consequently, the fabric of New Zealand society.

How to Cite: Reid, M. S. (2000). Towards Effective Technology Education in New Zealand. Journal of Technology Education, 11(2), 33–47. DOI:
Published on 22 Mar 2000.
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