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Oxfam in school

Students across New Zealand want to learn more about poverty, globalisation, and issues related to social and economic justice.

Oxfam New Zealand promotes education that helps young people understand the global issues that affect their lives and take action towards a more just and sustainable world.


Hold an Oxfam Morning Tea at your school

Host a Morning Tea at your school during Fair Trade Fortnight in 2014. As well a bounty of Fairtrade Certified™ goods, schools receive tailored resources and ideas on how students of all ages can learn about fair choices in a fun way and help make a big difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the world's poorest countries.

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Ready to use classroom activities & lesson plans

Fair trade and food justice for New Zealand students Levels two to five.

Start a discussion between your students on the world food system and the role of fair trade with these resources.

A fair trade presentation to introduce how small scale food producers are disadvantaged in the world food markets and how the Fairtrade scheme helps farmers win a fairer deal. Slide show with supporting script.

Fair trade classroom activities

Follow a banana from Ecuador to New Zealand for students Level 2-5 through slideshow and activities of role-play, case studies for discussion and social actions your students can take.


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Students take action with Oxfam's GROW campaign

Farmers, food and fair trade: action guide for young people

A guide for young people to take their own action — packed with ideas on how to set in motion what they have learnt. (PDF, 700KB)

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More links — fair trade and the global food system

Explore topics surrounding Oxfam, food justice and fair trade:

  • Oxfam’s GROW campaign: Food. Justice. Planet.
  • Award-winning resources from Oxfam Education in the UK
  • Mapping Our World by Oxfam Education— winner of a Geographical Association Gold award and a BAFTA award for primary learning, Mapping Our World allows pupils to flatten a globe, turn a map into a globe, and merge different map projections.
  • Powerful videos from OIYP (Oxfam International Youth Partnerships) - a global network of young people, working with their communities to create positive, equitable and sustainable change.
  • Global Focus provides downloadable resources from upper primary to high school about food justice and other pressing issues for New Zealand students.
  • Trade Aid’s downloadable educational resources on Trade Justice for upper primary and secondary students in New Zealand.
  • Fairtrade Association Australia and New Zealand education kit (Yrs 7-8 NZ, plus yrs 5-8 Australia)
  • Fair Trade Resources information hub supports the fair trade movement - useful background information including downloadable short films
  • Trading Visions produces a range of teaching resources on Fairtrade, cocoa and chocolate for UK schools and colleges, and Fairtrade campaigners
  • All Good Bananas is New Zealand's only fair trade banana importer - there's lots of information about the company and their producers on their website
  • Company website of Scarborough Fair, bringing Fairtrade chocolate, coffee and tea to New Zealand consumers

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Go Fairtrade!

Get your school to become Fairtrade - eat Fairtrade products from your tuck shop and get your teachers to drink Fairtrade tea and coffee.

Wara Bilong Life : Water for Survival

All people can make change, no matter their age.

Help students to understand global water and sanitation issues through a creative and interactive classroom activity that links primary schools in New Zealand to those in the remote Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Henry takes part in a lesson on the meaning of names. From Oxfam photo pack Your World, My World.

In this internet-based project for primary school level and junior secondary, students are asked to help design a method of washing hands that requires very little water. Wara Bilong Life is a fully supported educational project based on the Technology, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education curricula.

Teachers and students are fully supported for the duration of the project with briefs, background resources, a full-time e-teacher and experts in the field.

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Buy Good Books

Why not order class sets and books for your school libraries and classrooms from Good Books? Did you know that 100 percent of the profits from this online bookseller go to Oxfam New Zealand? Buy a book and help to turn the page on poverty.

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Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign that's making a huge difference in the fight against poverty. 

In September, people across New Zealand will challenge themselves to live on just $2.25 worth of food and drink a day to get a better understanding of the daily difficulties faced by people who are trapped in extreme poverty.

Those taking part will be raising funds for Oxfam's crucial anti-poverty initiatives and help raise awareness of poverty.

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Belmont Intermediate collected old stamps and gave them to Oxfam.

 Stamp collecting

Join the hundreds of volunteers, school and organisations that collect and send their old stamps, envelopes and postcards to Oxfam. It’s such an easy, cost-free way to raise funds for Oxfam’s work overseas. Our long-standing volunteer Mike, has succeeded in raising significant funds for Oxfam over the years by sorting and selling stamps to collectors.

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Contact us

If you would like more information or resources please email us at or phone 0800 600 700 or (09) 355 6500