ETV and the Ministry of Education collaborate to provide free video resources

(Last Updated On: March 30, 2021)

A new initiative, driven by the need for more teacher resources, sees all schools set up with unrestricted access to ETV’s entire free Library to support anywhere, anytime learning.

Many schools, from primary through to tertiary, have already discovered ETV’s eclectic range of video resources for use in the classroom. For example, teachers at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in west Auckland have enjoyed access to ETV’s subscription catalogue for many years.

Principal Maurie Abraham says ETV is an excellent resource for teachers and a useful tool in the classroom.

“It has a particular focus on New Zealand-based content, which makes it relevant across all curriculum areas, and it provides teachers with a range of content that you can’t find elsewhere.”

Nothing is limited

At Tokoroa’s Forest View High School, English and Social Sciences teacher Rachel Toy appreciates having resources categorised by age and subject.

“I love the way nothing is limited. If I want a particular TV programme to be recorded, I can request it.”

In collaboration with the Ministry, every kura and school has been set up on ETV, providing all teachers with unlimited, no cost access to the free Library. This contains resources to help meet the requirements of the recently introduced Education and Training Act, particularly (but not exclusively) the proposed NZ history curriculum, and student safety and wellbeing.

For 10 years, ETV has captured and catalogued over 150,000 programmes from New Zealand free-to-air channels, Sky TV, some overseas channels, and legitimate internet channels, all available to subscription clients.

“As a not-for-profit trust, providing the free Library of resources is part of ETV’s philanthropic contribution to education, available for all teachers and without requiring a subscription,” explained General Manager, Martin Drew.

Teachers can add to the subscription catalogue themselves, by asking ETV to capture any upcoming programme by using the Request Recording button that appears on every page. The programme will be captured, catalogued and uploaded to ETV, making it permanently available for all teachers to use.

Cognitive and emotional

Using video in the classroom is well established. Students will readily engage with video, thus reaping the benefits of its ability to communicate on both a cognitive and emotional level. While textbooks take a linguistic approach to learning, audio visual content utilises sight, sound, colour and movement, inspiring deeper learning, better retention and reinforced motivation.

To register for access, visit and click on the First Time User Registration button.

For more information about ETV call 0800 GETETV (438388) or email


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