Learning resources

Courses at the Library

Better Digital Futures for Seniors is a free course to help people aged 65+ to learn new skills and build confidence in using digital devices and the internet. You can choose from four pathways: Digital Introductory, Digital Essentials, Digital Engagement and Digital Safety. Each pathway has four 2-hour sessions (8 hours altogether).

For more information, email rachel@whanganuilibrary.com or phone 06 349 1000.

Appy Seniors is a series of free one-hour workshops designed to help seniors (aged 65+) engage in the digital world using apps on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Learn how to do online shopping and banking. Learn how to use TradeMe, SuperGold Card, WhatsApp, AirBnB and more.

For more information, email rachel@whanganuilibrary.com or phone 06 349 1000.

Online learning brought to you by the Whanganui District Library

LinkedIn Learning: Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.

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MasterFile Complete provides access to articles from a wide range of journals, magazines, newspapers and other resources. Subject areas include business, health, education, fitness, sports & leisure, personal finance, science, multicultural issues, DIY, fashion and more.

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The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre includes articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers, reference books, and company information, as well as photographs, maps and flags.

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Other online learning websites

Pathways Awarua is a free, fun learning resource to help adults and youth build their reading, writing and math skills.

Sign up for a free account here.

Use the Join Code: 3CC1F5

Khan Academy provides free, video-based learning for children and adults. The content covers a wide range of subjects including math, science, finance & economics, humanities, and computer science.

Sign up for Khan Academy here.

Download the Khan Academy app for iOS

Download the Khan Academy app for Android

GCF Global offers free, self-paced tutorials on computer and digital skills, reading and maths, workplace skills and many other skills needed to succeed in today’s world.

Start your learning here.

Open Culture brings together free learning resources for adults and children. You can take free online courses from top universities. These courses cover a wide range of subjects in the humanities, sciences, business, social sciences, languages, and more.

Open Culture also has free ebooks, audiobooks, movies and podcasts.

Start learning with Open Culture here.

OpenLearn provides free learning resources on a wide range of topics, including business, health, science and technology, languages, and many more.

Sign up for a free OpenLearn account

Te Aka Māori Dictionary is a searchable online Māori-English, English- Māori dictionary. It also includes encyclopedic entries on plants, animals, stars, planets, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups, and ancestral canoes. Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture.

Language Learning

Tōku Reo is a Māori language learning course for beginners. It comprises a series of 300+ videos with activities to accompany each episode. The course is based on the TV show of the same name from Māori Television.

Start your Te Reo learning journey here with Tōku Reo.

Toro Mai offers two free online courses hosted by Massey University.

The Te Reo Māori course enables learners to use the language in everyday situations.

The Tikanga Māori course explores the realms of Te Ao Māori, the Māori world, through Kōrero Pūrākau, storytelling.

To participate in Toro Mai, you may need to enable pop-ups for the Toro Mai website in your browser security settings.

Enrol in Toro Mai here.

Duolingo is a free language-learning website and app with courses in over 30 different languages. It provides quick, bite-sized lessons.

Use Duolingo on your computer or download the app from the app store on your mobile device.

Homework help

AnyQuestions is a free online reference service for all New Zealand school students via live text based chat. We’re open 1pm – 6pm weekdays to help you with your inquiries. AnyQuestions is funded by the Ministry of Education and staffed by librarians from around Aotearoa New Zealand.

The website also includes Many Answers, a guide to websites and other resources to enable students to find relevant, age-appropriate material to answer common homework questions.

MasterFile Complete provides access to articles from a wide range of journals, magazines, newspapers and other resources. Subject areas include business, health, education, fitness, sports & leisure, personal finance, science, multicultural issues, DIY, fashion and more.

Log in with your library card and PIN.

The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre includes articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers, reference books, and company information, as well as photographs, maps and flags.

Log in with your library card and PIN.

StudyIt provides study and exam advice for NCEA science, maths, and English. You can ask questions in the discussion forums. You can also look at information about standards, including assessment criteria, exemplars, past exams and links to relevant information.

NZ History has a wide variety of resources on the history of Aotearoa New Zealand These include images of historical documents, photos, videos, and articles covering events, people and places from our history.

NCEA Study Guides

Whanganui District Library has study and revision guides for many NCEA subjects. Search in our catalogue for NCEA to find them. You can refine your search by topic.

Local training providers

Achievement NZ
AGC Training for Industry
Community Education Whanganui
English Language Partners
Land Based Training
Literacy Aotearoa
New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Training For You
UCOL
Wai Ora Christian Community Trust
Wanganui Enterprises
Whanganui Learning Centre
YMCA