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 rnz.co.nz, 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.

Brilliant Beethoven

Listen to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra play one of Beethoven’s best loved works – ‘Ode to Joy’

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.

Handel’s Messiah

More than 500 voices from the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs come together to sing a choral classic.

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.

Feast for the ears

You’ll find everything from choral performances and opera playlists to orchestral shows and music docos on Medici Tv. Click the link to take a look.

News and current affairs

NZ news:

Radio New Zealand

The New Zealand Herald 

Stuff NZ

Overseas news:

BBC

The Guardian

Sky News UK