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Events and Competitions

Activating pupils is one of the most important – and sometimes most difficult – challenges any teacher faces. The Goethe-Institut Neuseeland has therefore put together a series of cultural events and competitions designed to help you motivate your students and to make learning German more fun.

German Language week ©Goethe-Institut Neuseeland

German Language Week 2024

We are excited to invite students, teachers and all other educational institutions all over Aotearoa New Zealand to join in the festivities of celebrating German Language Week from 2-5 April 2024 with us.

Scholars are flying to Germany 2023 ©Goethe-Institut Neuseeland

Scholarship programs for students 2024

The Goethe-Institut New Zealand offers four fantastic scholarship programs in 2024 that promise unforgettable experiences, personal growth, and lifelong memories. We encourage all teachers to promote these incredible scholarship opportunities within their schools.


The IDO is legendary. Known as a major international celebration of the German language, the 2024 edition of the contest comes to Göttingen from 15 to 22 July 2024!

Students playing handball ©Das Kiwi Handball-Projekt

Das Kiwi-Handball-Projekt

Handball is a popular and reputable Olympic sport that is still relatively unknown in New Zealand. The Kiwi-Handball- project is about 'learning by doing'. Learning a language by doing activities. It involves reading and writing, learning to plan and to communicate instructions.

On the ball © Unsplash / Joshua Höhne


In 2023, the FIFA Women's World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand and the Goethe-Institut will bring students and teachers "on the ball" in a great transnational project. Take part with your school and look forward to unique football camps, many inspiring materials, videos of the players, online professional learning seminars for teachers and much more in the women's football year 2023!