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 the COVID-19 response.

Just like in normal times, learners’ main connection for learning during the COVID-19 response is with their school, kura or wharekura. A range of resources has been made available to learners without internet access.

Learn more about the Ministry's resources to support distance learning(external link)

Internet and computers

To help students, ākonga and whānau keep in touch with their schools, the Ministry arranged internet connections and computers for some of the households that lack them.

Further funding was made available in August to purchase the limited stock of computer devices in New Zealand. Auckland students in years 9 and above were given priority while the region was in Alert Level 3. Eligible schools were contacted directly to confirm requirements and arrange delivery.
This reflects the Government’s desire to minimise disruption for learners working towards a qualification, and the effectiveness of online teaching and learning for this age group.


ClassroomNZ2020 is an online learning platform with resources for Year 7-13, including NCEA courses. It is available to all state and state-integrated schools or kura in response to COVID-19.

Resources - in English and te reo Māori - that show what ClassroomNZ2020 looks like and how it works are available on the NCEA.TKI website (external link)

Packs of printed learning material

Earlier this year, the Ministry produced and printed packs of learning materials to send to households that needed them.

English-medium printed packs for students in Years 1-10 were requested by the learners’ schools during Term 2.

The packs were for those learners most in need due to disadvantage, or who did not have a computer or internet access. For students in early learning, packs went to families and whānau at addresses supplied by early learning services who receive Targeted Funding for Disadvantage (TFFD).

Printed learning materials were also sent to learners in the Māori-medium education pathway aged 0 to 18.

As part of its preparedness planning, the Ministry created additional hard packs. They were prioritised to schools, kura and wharekura in the Auckland region in areas of greatest need during Alert Level 3 in August.

All schools and kura are encouraged to think about what they would like their students to have in place for learning at home, should this be required in the future.


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