AWS History

About My Resources:

AWS Publications Ltd produces a range of high quality Blackline Photocopy Master Resources, with an emphasis on Mathematics and written utilising the objectives as stated in the New Zealand Mathematics Curriculum document.  These resources have been written mainly for use by teachers within schools, but many can be used at home.  All Blackline Photocopy Master Resources can be purchased as books (sold only within NZ) or as PDF’s (sold world wide).  Also available is a range of non-photocopiable resources, which include Mathematics Student Workbooks, Homework Diaries and Numeracy Flash Cards.  The Student Workbooks can form the basis of a school mathematics homework programme or they make an excellent resource for parents / care-givers who would like to help their children at home, but are not sure how to help.

While written for the New Zealand market, the mathematics skills covered within these resources are generic skills, therefore making the resources suitable for use in countries other than New Zealand.  As new resources are completed, they will be added to the website.

A Brief History:

AWS Publications Ltd  was formerly known as AWS Teacher Resources.

In 1994 when I was teaching mathematics at a Christchurch secondary school, I was asked by a parent of a pupil, Why don’t you set more homework?  A good question and not always easy to answer!!!  Back in those days we used textbooks and setting homework using the textbook was not an option as the textbook needed to come back to school each day.  The difficulty was that there were no suitable resources that I could use as the basis of a regular homework programme without creating a ‘cut & paste’ worksheet by photocopying from a variety of resources.  Therefore, I decided to write my own worksheets, a series of A4 sized standalone worksheets that I could photocopy / send out weekly to support the work being taught in class.  These worksheets could then also be used as an assessment or a revision activity.

It was suggested to me by a colleague, that my resources could be published and looking into this process, I decided to start my our publishing business.   Over twenty years later I am still going, having written over 150 resources for Year 1 to Year 10 pupils.  Over the years, my resources have been used by over 80% of all schools within New Zealand and I have sold to several countries overseas. 

Not everyone enjoys mathematics, so my aim when writing resources is simple … “How can I present the work in such a way that it is easy for a non-specialist mathematics teacher to understand and teach to their class?”

The market has changed over the years, with more and more online mathematics resources available, but there is still a place for the good old fashioned ‘paper’ resource.  Initially, before websites were in fashion, I advertised by sending information sheets to all school four times a year.  Now everything is due online and by exploring my website, you view all resources in full before you buy.

FREE Evaluation Copies of from each resource are available, that you can DOWNLOAD via the website.

Thank you for taking the time to explore my website.  I am sure you will find some resources that will enhance your teaching programme.  If you have any questions or would like some help decided on which resource to buy, simply give me a call.  Afterall … how often do you get to speak the author?

Andrew Stark

Director / Author

AWS Publications Ltd
PO Box 21 304

Telephone:  +64  3 338 0516