German National Adviser


Heike Papenthin

Ph: 09 623 8899 Ext 48 661
Mobile: 021 810 372

Heike Papenthin is the National Language Adviser for German. Appointed by the German Goethe-Institut, she arrived in New Zealand in March 2013 together with her family. The years prior to Heike’s appointment here, she worked as a teacher at a German “Gymnasium” (Secondary School) with a focus on teacher training and teaching development. Before that she taught DaF (German as a Foreign Language) at colleges and universities in Japan (from 1990 to 2005) and was involved in writing a textbook for use by university students.

Heike’s role is to support the development of German language education in New Zealand. In particular her focus is on:

  • offering workshops, courses and meetings focusing on resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in German
  • supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining German language programmes
  • providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of German
  • providing advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learningopportunities both in New Zealand and abroad

Professional Support for Teachers of German

Teachers of German in New Zealand may benefit from the professional support offered by the following organisations:

International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)

ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement  the Learning Languages curriculum area through the promotion of a five-stage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13. For more information about the professional support, professional learning and development opportunities and scholarship or immersion opportunities, contact Heike Papenthin by phone (09 623 8899 ext 48661) or email.

German in Aotearoa New Zealand (GANZ)

GANZ is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of German in New Zealand. For more information or to join GANZ, visit

German Teachers’ list serve

This email group for teachers of German is an excellent source of information and resources. It is also the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students.

To register, contact GANZ -

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

NZALT is a professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives designed to support teachers in the classroom including competitions and professional development opportunities. For more information or to join NZALT, visit

German Embassy

For more information, visit


The Goethe-Institut is the German cultural institute with a global reach which provides lots of information for teachers and students of German. For more information, visit

Goethe Society

Goethe societies offer a variety of cultural experiences, ranging from information talks in either English or German to screenings of German- language films.

For more information on the Auckland Goethe Society, visit

For more information on the Wellington Goethe Society, visit

Resources and support for establishing and sustaining German Language Programmes

German National Adviser

The German National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining German language programmes.

For more information on resources, please contact Heike Papenthin by phone (09 623 8899 ext 48661) or email.

To find out more about upcoming workshops and events offered by the German National Adviser, please refer to our News and Events page here.

ShortFilmFest for Students of German

This competition for students of German supported by ILEP, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy is a great task-based activity for students to use the German language creatively. Students are to submit a 3-4 minute film on the 2017 topic "Yo-Yo - Mehr als Auf und Ab". Entries must be received by 22 September 2017.

Download the documents here.

Have fun and good luck!

TKI Learning Languages

The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language  teachers informed about important deadlines and events.

For more information visit visit

E-library of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand

The eLibrary is a virtual library, where a range of German resources are available.

For more information, visit

Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

The following immersion and scholarship opportunities are available to teachers of German:

Professional Development Seminar Scholarships

Up to 5 scholarships are available for teachers of German at primary, secondary or tertiary level to attend a two or three-week Professional Development Seminar on German language, methodology, culture and special topics at a Goethe-Institute in Germany. For more information, visit German Immersion and Scholarship.

German Language Courses

Scholarships for teachers to refresh or advance their language level at a four or eight-week course at a Goethe-Institute in Germany. For more information, visit German Language Courses.

Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards

AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences in Germany.

For more information, visit

Scholarships for Year 12 students of German in New Zealand:

Find more details for the PAD and NZGSE scholarships on the German student scholarship page.