Curriculum project

If you wish to get the Curriculum project newsletter, please email and the Heart Foundation worked together to provide Year 7 and Year 8 teachers with resources to help them teach students the fundamental skill of being able to cook a healthy meal within their own budget, cultural and time constraints.

This initiative is the result of Massey University research that showed many Year 7 and Year 8 teachers were focusing on baking and sweet making in the classroom.

Each lesson plan includes a recipe with a video, food preparation and cooking skills to master, and an activity. These are all in a digital format and can be downloaded, free of charge, from the pages in this section.

Click on the drop down menu to the right, under Curriculum.

A suite of Food skill cards, Easy Meals with Vegetables, safe food resources, and a student assignment are also included. The lesson plans have been developed in consultation with more than 150 teachers who represented a range of school deciles and a wide geographical spread.

A series of te reo Māori activities are included to encourage the use of Māori. These include a Te Reo Māori bingo game and word activities, which provide opportunities to learn about kupu tunu kai (words used in cooking). These are supported by the Heart Foundation’s Toi te Kupu Māori and English Dictionary and huawhenua posters available from this website. Feedback from teachers is very positive: “Māori bingo worked a treat. I would say full steam ahead. Great game!”

The resources were presented to teachers at the New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling (NZAIMS), Home Economics and Technology Teachers Association New Zealand (HETTANZ) and Technology Education New Zealand [TENZ] Conferences in 2019. This provided more opportunities for teachers to provide feedback and take the resources for trialling in their classrooms. 

Professional Development seminars (4 in 2018, 9 in 2019) held across the country have been very successful. One teacher said: “I absolutely loved attending the course and have implemented your programme as my new food tech programme this year. It has been very successful.”

Teacher feedback recommended continuing the approach of ‘by teachers, for teachers’ with and the Heart Foundation taking facilitation and coordination roles. 

In 2021, the following free Professional Development Seminar days will be held.

  • Auckland – October 21
  • Wellington – November 4
  • Christchurch – November 25 

We are working on an inspiring and informative programme; suggestions are very welcome. Locations TBA. Please email

To view the 2020 online PD seminars, please click here.

The project is supported by funding from the Ministry of Health.

Food Technology unit plans

These are free resources for schools that have been designed to help teach students about nutrition and healthy eating.

Food Technology Year 7 unit plan

New Zealand curriculum resource for schools. Our Food Technology process unit plan suggested for Year 7 students.

To access the unit plan, click on the link in the menu to the right.




Food Technology Year 8 unit plan

Our Food Technology Unit Plan is designed for Year 8 students. It focuses on developing cooking, evaluation and planning skills.

To access the unit plan, click on the link in the menu to the right.