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Teachers page: Population possibilities – a geography activity outline using Interactive Boundary Maps

Curriculum links

Geography Level 6: Understand that natural and cultural environments have particular characteristics and how environments are shaped by processes that create spatial patterns.

Links with other possible Geography achievements standards:

91014: 1.8 Apply spatial analysis, with direction to solve a geographic problem (PDF, 39.8kb)

91011: 1.5 Conduct geographic research, with direction (PDF, 40.7kb)

91012: 1.6 Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue  (PDF, 40.8kb)

Related assessment:

91008: 1.2 Demonstrate geographic understanding of population concepts (PDF, 39.0kb)

Two related assessment tasks to address are:

  • population distribution: how and why population is spread across the landscape
  • population diversity: composition of the population, including ethnicity, age, sex.

91010: 1.4 Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment (PDF, 39.7kb)

Two related assessment tasks to address are:

  • use basic skills and geographic conventions to show consistent precision in the presentation and/or interpretation of information
  • show a full understanding of geography concepts by using geographic terminology and showing insight. 


These activities are intended to form a part of a wider focus on population-related understandings. It is assumed that students will have looked at population processes and statistics, or will be doing this in conjunction with these activities.

Teachers need to be familiar with the interactive maps before using the teaching and learning programme. It may also be useful to read the brief introduction page first. The activities are closely related to the learning intentions, so teachers can pick and choose from the activities according to priority.

The resource can be downloaded from the interactive boundary maps population activity dataset (PDF, 181kb).The templates for students to use to complete the activities are on the student page.