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Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV

Home learning and Māori TV education programmes launched on Wednesday 15 April

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV is free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ OnDemand, as well as on Sky Channel 502 and Vodafone TV. It runs from 9am to 3pm on schooldays with programming for children and young people aged 2 to 15, as well as for parents.

Drawings of tv screens with roofs above them, representing the home learning and papa kāinga tv channels

Programme schedule

Each week we’ll be publishing details of the coming week’s lessons so teachers, parents and learners can plan ahead. We will also focus on lessons that might be of interest or help deepen learning tasks set by teachers.

Because filming and editing is completed just a day or so before broadcast, the schedules published here are subject to change. We recommend you tune in a few minutes early to make sure you don’t miss the particular lessons you want to see. For the most up-to-date schedule, check the TV guide on your television or device.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Time Programme Description Audience
9.00am Daily Waiata Anika Moa performs the daily waiata and Jordan Vandermade introduces the day Everyone
9.05am For Parents Karl Vasau gives advice on home learning for parents of young children Parents
9.10am Tamariki Takeover Showcasing tamariki from all over Aotearoa, giving us an insight into what our kids find most important to them today 5–7 year olds
9.15am Early Learning A session for the younger kids with Karen O'Leary 2–5 year olds
9.25am Junior Health and Movement A fun health session for tamariki with the Graeme Dingle Foundation 5–7 year olds
9.40am Junior Music Buzz chats to Jess Hindin, violinist and Music Director of Sistema Aotearoa, to learn all about the violin 5–7 year olds
9.50am Junior Language and Literacy Literacy and Language with Monique Cox-Timmer 5–7 year olds
10.00am Maia the Brave Join the adventures of Maia the Brave and discover the how and why of the world around us! 5–7 year olds
10.10am Fanimals Join the Fanimals family and their furry friends for an animal education 5–7 year olds
10.35am Junior Maths and Science Join Suzy Cato for Maths and Science 5–7 year olds
10.55am Junior Music Custard chats to Jonathan Cohen, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Clarinet, to find out more about the instrument 5–7 year olds
11.10am Kai Five Join Kalani and Billie in the kitchen to cook some awesome tasting and easy to make kai for the whole whānau 4–11 year olds
11.15am Beginning Te Reo Māori Whaea Erina introduces Te Reo Māori for beginners 5–11 year olds
11.30am Mid Literacy and Language Literacy and Language with Marissa Paniora 8–11 year olds
11.45am Mid Science Science for middle school with Shawn Cooper 8–11 year olds
12.15pm Deadly 60 On A Mission Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall comes face-to-face with some of the world's deadliest animals 8–15 year olds
12.50pm Senior Science Dr Michelle Dickinson covers the basics of plant biology for vascular plants, carries out a hands-on experiment and talks about how plants cope with drought with Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng from Te Punaha Matatini 12–15 year olds
1.10pm Let’s Get Inventing Helping young inventors realise their ideas 8–15 year olds
1.35pm Senior Te Reo Māori Te Mete Lowman brings you a te reo Māori lesson for more advanced learners 12–15 year olds
2.05pm Senior Fitness – Les Mills Born To Move Health and fitness from Les Mills 13–15 year olds
2.30pm Get My Job Explore different professions 8–15 year olds
2.33pm Senior Project An interesting and educational project for older learners presented by Richard Allen 12–15 year olds
3.00pm 2020 NZ Children’s Music Awards Hosted by Suzy Cato and tamariki from around NZ – who announce the finalists and winners of each category. We’re also joined by a very special guest, the Right Hon. Jacinda Ardern! 5–12 year olds

Turn on captioning

Learners benefit from having the captions turned on when they’re watching Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV

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Watching OnDemand

Home Learning TV I Papa Kāinga TV is available to live stream on your desktop.

TVNZ OnDemand website

TVNZ OnDemand will also have some lessons for you to stream at a time of your choosing. Lessons will be uploaded shortly after their original broadcast.

Home Learning TV page – TVNZ OnDemand website

Early learning

Each school day will include a 10 minute programme between 9am and 10am called Karen’s house, when teacher Karen O’Leary will deliver a wide range of Te Whāriki based experiences to young children to inspire children and whānau to engage in play based activities in their homes that are fun for everyone and offer rich learning opportunities.

Pacific learners

Home Learning TV programming is being developed and delivered by teams that include Pacific content developers, teachers, and presenters. We will continue to include content that is relevant to a wide range of New Zealanders, including Pacific peoples.

Māori Television te reo content

Māori Television te reo Māori content focuses on learning at home for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau, aged between 0 to 18 who are in kōhanga reo, puna reo, kura tuatahi and wharekura. It is tailored to specific age groups throughout the day, with learning content tamariki can do on their own, with their siblings or together as a whānau.

Māori Television will broadcast around 300 hours of educational content for ākonga and whānau over 10 weeks. A number of Māori production companies have been engaged who have expertise and history in creating te reo Māori television content catering to a range of age levels. Programing features some of the most recognised faces in te ao Māori. More information is available on Kauwhata Reo or on Māori Television.

Ki te Ao Mārama – Kauwhata Reo website

Mauri reo mauri ora kura wharekura – Māori Television website


We’d love to hear from learners and their whānau about Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV – learners can email examples of their learning to There’s also a free text number – 5811 – for learners to interact with presenters and teachers.

Māori Television broadcasts te reo educational programmes (for ages 0 to 18) from 9am to 3pm on schooldays.


Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV has been brought together by teachers, the Education Review Office (ERO), Te Kura and the Ministry of Education. We are all very grateful to our partners at TVNZ and Māori Television for their educational support of our children and young people at this time.