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Mathematics and statistics

What is mathematics and statistics about?

Kei hopu tōu ringa ki te aka tāepa,
engari kia mau ki te aka matua.

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data. These two disciplines are related but different ways of thinking and of solving problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting, explaining, and making sense of the world in which they live.

Mathematicians and statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations. These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environmental, and economic contexts.

Published on: 03 Apr 2014

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Research, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help students explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.

NZ Senior Secondary Curriculum Guides – Mathematics and statistics
Helping teachers create quality teaching and learning programmes.

Curriculum refresh

The Ministry has commissioned a set of papers to be developed by experts, alongside significant engagement with teachers and practitioners, to inform the approach to the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum. These papers include formal research papers as well as targeted think-pieces, all developed as inputs to the refresh process and the mathematics strategy. All of these resources are being used by writing and working groups to ensure that the refresh of The New Zealand Curriculum reflects current best practices in the field of education.


Below are links to two of these papers. Other papers will be uploaded here over 2022.


Pāngarau Mathematics and Tauanga Statistics in Aotearoa New Zealand


PDF icon. Mathematics and Statistics report to MoE (PDF, 745 KB)