Books, podcasts and entertainment


Books, podcasts and entertainment

Library online  

If you’ve got a library card, you can often access a huge range of extras from their online service. Many have great ebooks, newspapers and movies that are free to download: 

Wellington Library 

Auckland eLibrary  

Thought-provoking talks 

TED Talks are all about sharing ideas and innovations, in ways that are accessible and interesting. There are more than 3300 free talks on the TED talks website, on every topic imaginable. The hardest part is choosing where to start. 

Find TED talks here 

Well worth a listen 

BBC - A History of the world in 100 objects 

Take a trip around the world with the BBC’s fascinating podcast series, A History of the World in 100 Objects. 

Guardian Podcasts 

From fashion to philosophy, sport to neuroscience, and everything in between, check out the range of free podcasts available on the Guardian website. 

Radio NZ online 

Live stream a concert, listen to a favourite show or dip into the archive from Radio New Zealand. Search, and select ‘Listen Live’ from the top right corner. Or browse the range of podcasts under the’ podcasts & series’ tab at the top of the screen.  

Things to watch 

Just follow the steps to create a free account and you’re ready to access a range of tv shows, documentaries and movies:  

TVNZ on Demand 

Three Now  

Classical concerts 

Click the links to hear master musicians bring the classics to life. 

Take a front row seat at Sydney Opera House 

Access to free and paid full length performances from the Opera House stages  

Orchestral insights 

Musicians will love these videos from The London Symphony Orchestra, where you can switch camera angles to focus on different sections during the performances. 

Concert at home 

Whether it’s the Vienna State Opera or a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, click the link to explore a range of international concerts. 

Vocal Collective Choir

Born out of the Christchurch earthquakes this 90 strong choir is 10 years old.

Listen to these two stunning performances:

Don't Dream It's Over

Stand Up

If you enjoyed these and live in Christchurch, the Vocal Collective are performing on the 6th of November 2021 - tickets are available here

News and current affairs 

NZ news: 

Radio New Zealand 

The New Zealand Herald  

Stuff NZ 

Overseas news: 


The Guardian 

Sky News UK 

Browse more from our Wellness Centre:

Cute corner

Who doesn’t love looking at cute animals? Whether it’s zoo critters or family pets, check out some of our favourite animal friends. You’re sure to get the warm fuzzies!

Visit cute corner

Brain teasers

Put the grey matter to work with these fun games and quizzes including some great puzzle sheets to download.

Visit brain teasers

Well and good

Exercise and wellbeing ideas to boost the body and soul.

Visit well and good

Home exercise programme with Dan Hardie

Workout at home with a series of exercises designed by Summerset’s resident fitness expert and advisor Dan Hardie

Visit Dan's exercise program

Cooking with a MasterChef

Join MasterChef winner, Brett McGregor, in our interactive cooking series. Each themed episode takes you through the featured recipes step-by-step so you can easily re-create them at home. Click below to learn more.

Visit Cooking with a MasterChef

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