NEW ZEALAND / Aotearoa

IndexNew Zealand


(see also Maori)


X and Y up a tree


First comes love,

Then comes marriage,

Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

Boys are rotten made out of cotton,

Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi,

Incey-wincey lollipop, incey-wincey poo,

Incey-wincey lollipop boys love you

And that is true shampoo

(if hands crossed on last word, not true, if hand parallel, then it's





New Zealand Playground Language Project

Laurie and Winifred Bauer

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand



In a series of articles Alison Jones[1] details the decursus of “touch anxiety” evident in contemporary New Zealand primary schools. Sue Middleton (1996a,b, 1998)[2] dealt with disciplined sexualities in school.


(see also Maori)



Additional refs.:


·         Davis, P. (1977) Early Sexuality and Sexual Socialisation: Some Recent Data for New Zealand,  Australian & New Zealand J Sociol 13,2:119-25

·         Elliott, K. J. & Diorio, J. A. (2004). Teaching Sexualities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, in James T. Sears (Ed.) Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing

·         Elliott, K. J. (2003a). “We just teach normal sexuality”. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association for Research In Education and Australian Association for Research In Education Conference. Auckland, New Zealand. December, 2003

·         Elliott, K. J. (2003b). Teacher’s perceptions of curriculum and pedagogy in sexuality education. Paper presented at The 2nd Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference. Sydney, Australia. October, 2003

·         Elliott, K. J. (2004a). Teaching sexualities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Paper presented at Pleasures and dangers, Sexualities in the 21st century conference. Cardiff, Wales. July, 2004

·         Elliott, K. J. (2004b). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand, in James T. Sears (Ed.) Youth, Education, and Sexualities: An International Encyclopedia. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing

·         Lungley, S., Paulin, J. & Gray, A. (1993) Ways of Learning about Sexuality: A Study of New Zealand Adolescents' Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours. Wellington: Health Research and Analytical Services, Department of Health, for the New Zealand Family Planning Association

·         Surtees, Nicola (2005) Teacher Talk about and around Sexuality in Early Childhood Education: deciphering an unwritten code, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood; Volume 6 Number 1

·         Weatherall, Ann (2005) Feminist theory and Sexuality Education in New Zealand/Aotearoa. International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) Conference, 20 to 24 June 2005, Cape Town






Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology, Berlin

Last revised: Aug 2005



[1] Jones, A. (2003a) Primary Teacher Trainees: identity formation in an age of anxiety, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education 31,3:181-93; Jones, A. (2003b) Touching children: policy, social anxiety and the ‘safe’ teacher, Journal of Curriculum Theorising 19,2:103-16; Jones, A. (2003c) The monster in the room: Safety, pleasure and early childhood education, Contemp Issues in Early Childh 4,3:235-50; Jones, A. (2004a) Social anxiety, sex, surveillance, and the 'safe' teacher, British Journal of Sociology of Education 25,1:53-66; Jones, A. (Ed., 2001) Touchy Subject: Teachers Touching Children. Dunedin, Otago University Press; Jones, A. (in press) Risk Anxiety, Policy and the Spectre of Sexual Abuse in Early Childhood Education, Discourse, 25,3, 2004; Jones, A. (2004c) The desire for surveillance and the 'guilty' safe teacher. Paper presented at the AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education) Conference, "Doing the Public Good: Positioning Education Research", 28th Nov - 2nd Dec, 2004, Melbourne Australia

[2] Middleton, S. (1996a) Canes, Berets and Gangsta Rap: Disciplining Sexuality in School, 1920-1995. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, April 8-12, 1996; Middleton, S. (1996b) Uniform bodies?: Disciplining sexuality in school 1968–1995, New Zealand Women's Studies Journal 12,2:9–36; Middleton, S. (1998) Disciplining sexuality: Foucault, life histories, and education. New York; London: Teachers College, Columbia University