About Us

The Waikato Social Studies Association was set up in 1967 by a group of Waikato teachers to assist in the teaching of Social Studies.

A publication “The Observer“ was started and was published regularly twice a year until 2005, also taking over as a national journal for the last 5 years. Other publications included a Broadsheet and a number of monographs such as Values Education, as well as teaching guides on specific themes such a Writing in Social Studies, and Haji Umar, a study of a Thai family.

The Association went into recess in 2006 and has emerged recently as the Central North Island Social Sciences Association (CNISSA). CNISSA hope to work with you to develop resources, assessments, exemplars and professional development that will meet your needs, inform your teaching decisions, and lighten your workload!