About Mark Johnston


I am a high school teacher of economics. I grew up in Ireland and graduated with an honours degree in Economics/Business Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. From there I took up my first teaching post at Epsom College in London where I taught A-Level Economics for three years. I started teaching Economics at King’s College Auckland in June 1991 and am now Head of the Economics Department. We teach both the NCEA Economics course (NZ qualification) and the Cambridge International A-Level course (CIE). I also completed an M.Ed(Hons) from Massey University with a major emphasis on ICT and learning.

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  1. September 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I didn’t know you went to Manchester Metropolitan University. I also went to Manchester Metropolitan University. Fancy that.

    Sent from my laptop … (yes, this wasn’t automatically added by Apple – it’s an iPad joke – gosh I’m so funny sometimes, for me sins)

    • September 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      It’s a small world – how do the animations/video look on the iPad? My Department want one – is Paul giving others a chance to try it out?

  2. Gary
    December 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks Mark – am enjoying the read – now to get my son do do likewise!!

    • December 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Gary – thought he might like the cricket posting.

  3. John Bullock
    August 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Hi Mark, I find your posts really informative. Currently I am writing news for MOREFM Nelson and would like to make contact with you my cell is 0278 123 446 – regards John Bullock

  4. Sam
    April 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Mark, I studied at Manchester too, and then Durham. Ive just entered teaching profession with my first job lecturing in economics at Exeter. I see myself teaching overseas one day too. It would be great to share some ideas and resources if you’re interested in what’s going on back in the UK!

  5. Jean A. Rheinfrank
    November 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Mark. Enjoying the posts as always. 1972-1976 is a huge “hiccup” to the theory as Nixon’s second term ended early with his resignation in 74 before he could be impeached, and of course Ford was the president who was never elected, as he was selected by Nixon after the second term started when his vice president had to resign due to previous “creative bookkeeping” whilst governor…he was receiving kickbacks for construction contracts! Not the best of years for the Republicans, but for reasons other than economics! I remember it well, as I was a university student at Kansas University!

    Always a pleasure to hear from you.

    Regards,
    JEAN

    • November 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks Jean – always nice to get a real perspective on the data. Will be very close as to who will win.

  6. Dana
    January 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hi Mark,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog especially it is really informative in nature and most people would love to read it.

    I’d like to know if you’d be interested in a Guest Post. How about something like these topics?

    1.How Can Islamic Finance Help to Solve Economic Crisis?

    2.The Impact Unpaid Internships Have On The Labor Market

    What do you think about these?

    For your information, all of our articles are custom written by our writers for your blog, and are absolutely FREE.

    If you are interested, I am happy to get something written up and sent over to you – or if you have another topic you’d like to see covered, please do let me know.

    Thanks and I look forward to your response.
    Dana B.

    Guest Post U
    “The University of Great Content”
    http://www.guestpostu.com/

  7. June baptista
    October 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Hi Mark,
    I am HOD Commerce at Pinehurst and will be going back to teaching Economics next year after a long break.
    Would you be so kind as to help me? As you have been teaching the subject with a great deal of success, I am sure you have a lot of help hints to offer.
    Thanks,
    June Baptista

  8. June baptista
    October 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    HI again,
    I meant helpful hints!

    • October 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Hi June – fine. I have emailed you also.
      Cheers
      Mark

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