Ministry of Education

Gifted Learners

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Events and opportunities for gifted learners

We welcome information about events or opportunities that are of interest to gifted learners, their teachers and families. If you would like to contribute an item, please contact the moderator with details, for consideration.

Any Questions is a free, online chat service that helps New Zealand school-aged students with their schoolwork. Between 1pm and 6pm on weekdays, students can logon and chat with a librarian who will help guide their research and teach them valuable information literacy skills. The service is run by the National Library of New Zealand, funded by the Ministry of Education and supported by public libraries from around the country.

Climate Change action

Climate Change Commission open Zoom series - Rangatahi for climate action.

Rangatahi for climate action.

Ethics Olympiad

Ethics Olympiad schools promote respectful, supportive and rigorous discussion around current ethical issues. They are marked out by their commitment to student development in civil, critical and well informed ethical discourse. Online and face to face events are held for junior, middle and high school students in New Zealand and Australia.

For more information go to: Ethics Olympiad


FutureLearn, works with leading universities and organizations around the world to offer our learners relevant, high quality courses across a huge range of topics. In some instances we work with partners to sponsor courses, so that all learners can receive a free certificate and access for as long as it’s on FutureLearn.

That means that you can show friends, family, colleagues, and potential employers that you’ve completed the course and you’re ready to put your new skills to the test.

For more information click here

Hooked on Books

This is a website for young adult (YA) readers all about reviewing and New Zealand books. They can submit reviews for publication and become part of a critical conversation. For more information go to: Hooked on Books


iNVENTIONATOR for gifted learners

DREAM BIG! An exciting online event is coming your way. Designed for Y6-9 ākonga, iNVENTIONATOR is supported by six online resources and is perfect for the hybrid learning environment. It’s FREE for gifted ākonga who want to PLAY. THINK. DESIGN. innovative solutions to real-life problems. Are you ready to DREAM BIG? Find out more at: iNVENTIONATOR for gifted learners

Register now for the virtual event, held 24-27 May 2022 (four half-days)

Powered by CORE, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Virtual Learning Network

There are lots of great online learning opportunities being offered through the VLN Primary School network which could be suitable for gifted learners including "Gifted and going deeper" a 30 week online course for academically gifted learners.

Find out more: VLN Primary School


WERO - Wayfinding for Rangatahi Entrepreneurs

A fully funded coaching programme for Māori and Pasifika rangatahi about the ways and wonders of being an entrepreneur. Register your school now for 1-day Wayfinding Challenges with students in Te Waipounamu. More details can be found at: Flying Geese Pro or in the flyer below:

Flyer 2022

PDF, 5.05 MB

Youth Parliament 2022

Youth Parliament is held every three years, and is a unique opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn first-hand about our democracy, influence government decision-making, and have their voices heard.

The 10th New Zealand Youth Parliament will be held on 19 and 20 July 2022.

Youth Parliament 2022