Sustainable Energy

Our energy demand increases each year as our population and economy grow - we are using about 2% more energy each year. Making the most of our energy efficiency and conservation opportunities means we can reduce this growth in energy demand, and make sure we get the most out of the energy we use.

Around 40% of New Zealand's primary energy is supplied by renewable energy sources and we have access to significant additional renewable energy resources in the future including geothermal heat, biomass and sources of renewable electricity generation.


Karapiro Power Station; Huntly Power Station; Rotowaro open cast mine; Te Uku Windfarm lookout; Rehabilitated mine site

Curriculum and assessment:

Physical World AS 90935, AS 90939, AS 90814

Sustainable Energy


Sustainable energy refers to the provision and use of energy that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their energy needs. There are two components:
1. Energy efficiency and conservation – reducing energy usage. Benefits include
  • Reducing energy costs for businesses or households
  • Helping businesses become more productive, and more profitable
  • Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change
  • Slowing the need for new energy generation plants, that have an environmental impact
2. Renewable energy – generation from renewable energy sources. Benefits include
  • Avoiding the use of finite resourcesReducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increased security of supply by avoiding reliance on imported fuels

Choice of activities

  • Karapiro Power station: Exhibition, video, visit generator room
  • Huntly Power station Tour, presentation from engineer to investigate the use of coal in New Zealand
  • Te Uku Windfarm lookout (Raglan road)
  • Rotowaro open cast mine: overview of operation from vantage point, with commentary from mine personnel. Field sketching and discussion of inputs, processes and outputs.
  • Rehabilitated mine site: visit to understand mining company’s environmental management responsibilities

Curriculum and assessment:

Learning area strand: Physical
Key competencies: Relating to others, thinking


AS 90943 Science 1.4 Investigate implications of heat for everyday life.
AS 90937 Physics 1.3 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of electricity and magnetism.
AS 90939 Physics 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of electricity and magnetism.
AS 90814 Education for Sustainability 2.5 Describe aspects of sustainability in relation to a sustainable future.

Sustainable Energy

2019 Prices from

Number of Students
Cost per head 2 days

This includes

  • Research, planning, bookings and organisation
  • Facilitation
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • Letter to parents
  • RAMS form
  • Gear list
  • A master copy of worksheets
  • Use of specialized equipment
  • GST
  • Saving you a great deal of time and hassle

Not included:

  • Transport (bus, to and from school). Ask us to quote if you don’t have access to your own.
  • Class set of worksheets – it’s more cost effective for you to copy these at school.


Q1. Why do teachers choose to tour with Learning Journeys?

Using an outside provider like Learning Journeys allows you to avoid stress and save time to focus on the core demands of teaching and have more time with your family and friends.
  • Trips are well tried and tested and our local knowledge, New Zealand-wide, is extensive. • We’ll facilitate your trip as well as planning, recce-ing AND booking it (including transport, food and accommodation). Have as much or as little input as you want.
  • Our facilitators are secondary geography or science teachers with years of classroom as well as EOTC experience.
  • Trips are curriculum linked and can include NCEA assessment tasks.
  • RAMS forms, parents letters, gear lists and worksheets developed and provided for you.
  • We’re Qualmarked (Tourism New Zealand has checked us out as a safe, professional, company) and Dept. of Conservation approved.

Q2. Does it cost more for Learning Journeys to organise and run my school's science and geography trips?

Yes it does cost a little more per student. However, you need to factor in the time you'll save by using Learning Journeys. You will also save the cost of relief for staff who would otherwise have come from your school, since Learning Journeys will provide one or more facilitators who will contribute to staff-student ratios.

Q3. What about risk management?

Safety is always paramount in our trip planning and delivery. We are acutely aware of the responsibility of being entrusted with other people’s children. We will provide you with RAMS forms for all activities included in your programme.

Our Health and Safety Plan deals with every aspect of our operations and training. Hazard identification is carried out for every new activity and a RAMS (Risk Analysis and Management System) form is prepared. This process has been audited both by a Department of Conservation approved Safety Auditor and as part of our Qualmark® accreditation

Our teacher-facilitators are trained in safe practice and all have First Aid qualifications. The suppliers we use are fully qualified and experienced in their specialist areas and where available we choose to work with Qualmarked® operators. Their sound safety records are further guaranteed by the Qualmark®, accreditation process.
Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All accommodation and tourism businesses carrying the Qualmark® have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence.

Q4. Who are your facilitators?

Our trips are managed and facilitated by qualified science or social science secondary teachers with classroom experience as well as many years’ experience in the field.

Q5. How long have you been running field trips for New Zealand secondary students?

Since 2001. Our oldest client did 12 consecutive yearly 3 day trips to Goat Island and Tiritiri Matangi Island. Most other schools repeat trips year after year.
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Tour Length
1 day
Years 10 - 13
Hamilton, Huntly, Karapiro, Raglan
Trip dates
By arrangement
Free teacher
For every 10 paying students
Minimum group size
10 Students
Price for 35+ students
From $38 incl. GST
Valid until December 2020
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