National German Adviser


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Heike Papenthin

M: 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 supports the development of German language education in New Zealand and offers: 

  • 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
  • Information on networking opportunities for teachers of German
  • Advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad


Professional Support
Resources and Support
Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

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 contact the National German Adviser.

  • German in Aotearoa New Zealand (GANZ)

A subject association which provides support for teachers and students. To join visit

  • German Teachers’ list serve

This email group 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)

A professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives to support teachers including competitions and professional development opportunities. To join visit

  • German Embassy


  • Goethe-Institut

A German cultural institute with a global reach which provides information for teachers and students of German. Visit

  • Goethe Society

Offers a variety of cultural experiences, ranging from information talks in either English or German to screenings of German- language films. Visit Auckland Goethe Society or Wellington Goethe Society

Resources and support for German Language Programmes are:

National German Adviser

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

For more information please contact the National German Adviser.

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

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. Visit

E-library of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand

A virtual library, where a range of German resources are available. Visit

Immersion and scholarship opportunities for teachers of German are:

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. Visit German Immersion and Scholarship.

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.

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

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