Why study Technology
"Globalisation and technological change are the two key features that are changing and shaping our lives. The technology curriculum has now developed to a level that I strongly recommend it as a subject, both to students who have an interest in making a career in engineering, technology or science, and generally as a means of better understanding the modern world."
Professor Bob Hodgson, Former Director, School of Engineering, Massey University
Almost every aspect of our daily life – food, health care, transport, communications, entertainment, our environment – uses technology. This technology is constantly evolving and is changing the way we look at things and how we do things.
New Zealanders have an impressive history for being innovative and creative in technology areas. From Burt Munro (real-life protagonist of The World's Fastest Indian), John Britten (a motorcycle designer), Peter Witehira (an award winning technologist, battery creator) to more recent examples, such as Orca, Canterbury, and Icebreaker (performance sports wear), Alan Gibbs (of the Aquada aqua car), and Weta Workshop and Weta Digital (creating film and television effects, sets and props), New Zealanders can be proud of our country's contribution to technological advancements.
Technological literacy is becoming increasingly important to our everyday lives. Specialised technological knowledge and skills are vital to the current and future well-being of New Zealand – we need an increasingly wide range of technology professionals in many different fields to remain competitive and to contribute globally.
These pages explain what the subject Technology is and how it is being taught in New Zealand schools, and the new and exciting possibilities this presents for your child.