Distance learning

Distance Learning for all students started on 15 April, with about half of the country’s schools already well set up using the internet. We are working with a range of partners to support the remaining schools and students with distance learning.

This section was updated on Wednesday 29 April at 8:25 am.

Online resources

Three online spaces to help with learning while not at school:

These websites have resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders from early learning to senior secondary.

Learning Support Coordinators are connecting with families remotely, alongside Ministry learning support specialists, Resource Teachers, SENCOs and other learning support staff in schools.

Helping children and young people while they are learning at home

Internet access, computers and printed learning resources

Schools and the Ministry of Education have worked to make sure every learner has at least one connection to learning during Term 2.

A range of resources has been made available to learners without internet access

Internet connections, computers and printed learning materials

Two television channels

Two television channels are broadcasting education-related content – one in English and the other for learners of te reo Māori. There is also content aimed at the needs of Pacific and other communities.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV is free to air on TVNZ channel 2+1, and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502 and Vodafone TV. It is also available online. It runs until 10 June from 9am to 3pm on schooldays with programming for children and young people, as well as for parents.

Details of the upcoming week’s lessons can be found on the Learning From Home website (external link) , enabling teachers in particular, to incorporate lessons on Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV into their teaching programmes. 

Content is grouped for early learners and students by age range, and include play, literacy, mathematics, science, te reo Māori, fitness and wellbeing. All of the programmes feature highly experienced teachers and presenters, along with wellbeing and movement experts.

Māori Television is broadcasting te reo educational programmes on school days between 9am and 3pm. Mauri Reo Mauri Ora, is on the Te Reo Channel 82 on SkyTV, Vodafone TV Channel 52, Free view channel 15 and the Māori TV website:

'It's kura in your own home' - Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora (external link)

The programmes are aligned to the curriculum and contain age-appropriate content that tamariki can do on their own, with their siblings or together as a whānau. The content focuses on reo Māori learners aged between 0 and 18, covering ākonga in kōhungahunga (early learning), kura tuatahi (primary school) and wharekura (secondary school).

Tertiary education

Tertiary providers are moving to full distance learning as quickly as possible.

Home learning messages in different languages

Arabic [PDF, 78 KB]

Dari [PDF, 77 KB]

English [PDF, 245 KB]

Farsi [PDF, 78 KB]

Hindi [PDF, 113 KB]

Japanese [PDF, 125 KB]

Korean [PDF, 167 KB]

Portuguese [PDF, 61 KB]

Punjabi [PDF, 85 KB]

Samoan [PDF, 60 KB]

Simplified Chinese [PDF, 140 KB]

Somali [PDF, 260 KB]

Spanish [PDF, 61 KB]

Tagalog [PDF, 61 KB]

Tongan [PDF, 62 KB]

Traditional Chinese [PDF, 282 KB]

Tigrinya [PDF, 43 KB]

Burmese [PDF, 67 KB]

[Further information in all Pacific languages can be found: Information for Pacific communities and families - Learning from home website (external link) ]


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