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.

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 has arranged internet connections and computers for some of the households that lack them. For both internet connections and computers, the first priority is NCEA students in lower-decile schools.

The priority for Ministry-sourced computers has been, in order, Year 12, Year 13, and then Year 11 students – and within each of those years, Decile 1, Decile 2, Decile 3, and so on through the rankings. These priorities reflect 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.

Parents and whānau can contact the school or wharekura for information on whether they can expect an internet connection or a computer.

Packs of printed learning material

The Ministry has also produced and printed packs of learning materials to be sent to some households. With the exception of NCEA resources, this programme is now complete, with final distribution of the resources under way as at 12 May.

Schools can order subject-specific hard copy resource packs for NCEA students who lack internet access and/or a suitable computer at home. Resources are available across more than 50 subject areas. Eligible students can see the list of available resources and then ask their school to order the resources on their behalf.

English-medium printed packs for students in Years 1-10 were requested by the learners’ schools. The packs were for those learners most in need due to disadvantage, or who do 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 sent to learners in the Māori-medium education pathway aged 0 to 18.

Distribution of technology and printed learning materials for distance learning


As at 25 May 2020


Total viewership1 since 15 April

Home Learning TV broadcasts and live streaming, plus Māori Television Live and on demand


1Excludes Māori Television broadcasts, as data is not available

Printed learning packs

Delivery completed or under way

All ages: early learning through NCEA, including Māori medium


Website resources

Total site visits

since 23 March

Learning from Home(external link)



Delivery under way

or completed

Internet connections completed or under way


Ministry of Education-supplied computers (laptops and Chromebooks)


Computers despatched from schools' own stocks


Professional learning & development (PLD)

Number of schools

New PLD engagements since COVID support package launched on 25 March


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