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exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth

Welcome to EarthDiverse!

EarthDiverse™ is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering a wide range of Diversity Education courses in both the social and natural sciences. We provide programmes designed to increase our understanding of the world in which we live. Through increased knowledge and understanding, we hope to mitigate racism, discrimination and environmental degradation through courses, seminars, activities and events that aspire to strengthen social cohesion. Though we cater to our little patch of Planet 3 here in Aotearoa New Zealand, our courses are open, affordable and accessible to anyone, anywhere and we welcome learners from around the globe.

We currently offer over 150 different courses on a rotating basis, with new courses introduced each Term. Four times per year (following New Zealand’s School term system) we offer about 40 different courses in the broad categories of Language, Culture and Nature. We’ll continue to work hard to deliver new and interesting courses that help enrich our minds and raise our spirits!

NEWS: 1 April 2024:  EarthDiverse to offer Indian Classical Music courses: Coming in 2024 Term 3! EarthDiverse is launching its Ethnomusicology programme with 3 courses in North Indian Classical (Hindustani) music, including tabla, sitar and North Indian classical vocals. One-hour or 45 minute classes will take place on Monday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:30pm each week for 8 consecutive weeks each term. Register your interest now by contacting us via the Contact page accessible through the Menu Bar above! Costs and Registration pages coming very soon.

NEWS: 8 April 2024:  Hindi classes for kids! EarthDiverse is pleased to announce the start of Introductory Hindi classes for kids (ages 5-10) beginning 2024 Term 3. Please register your interest now so that we can choose a best day and time for classes. Classes would begin the week starting Monday 29 July 2024 and would be about 40-45 mins long. Please use the Contact form in the upper right corner to send us an email expressing your interest, and let us know your preferred day and time, and if your kids plan to attend in person or via Zoom.

NEWS: 10 April 2024: Conversational Hindi classes with Anu Singh (via Zoom from India) begin again on Sunday 28 July 2024. Click here for more information.


  • Summer 2024: 8 January through 18 February 2024
  • Term 1: Monday 19 February through Friday 12 April 2024
  • Term 2: Monday 6 May through Friday 28 June 2024
  • Term 3: Monday 29 July through Friday 20 September 2024
  • Term 4: Monday 21 October through Friday 13 December 2024
  • Summer Holiday Programmes: 14 Dec 2024 through 9 Feb 2025


  • Summer 2025: Mon 6 January through Sun 9 February 2025
  • Term 1: Monday 10 February through Friday 4 April 2025
  • Term 2: Monday 28 April through Friday 20 June 2025
  • Term 3: Monday 21 July through Friday 12 September 2025
  • Term 4: Monday 13 October through Friday 5 December 2025
  • Summer Holiday Programmes: 8 Dec 2025 through 8 Feb 2026

NOTE: It’s never too late to sign up for an EarthDiverse™ course. If a Term has already begun and you’ve missed a few sessions, no worries! You can always catch up by watching the weekly video-recorded live class sessions, reviewing any posted class notes, or examining a PDF of any Powerpoint/Keynote presentations given during the class. You can also email us and gain access to past courses at discount prices if your interested. We’ll also be introducing learn-at-your-own-pace prerecorded video classes in the near future, so stay tuned for courses available anytime!


COSTS: Please note that all of our prices are in New Zealand dollars and anyone, anywhere in the world can register for our courses at the New Zealand dollar price regardless of your location.

TERM 2 courses begin the week starting Mon 6 May 2024.

A few of 2024 Term 2 highlighted courses beginning in May 2024:

2024T2 ART301 Twelve Isms button
Wednesdays beginning 8 May 2024, 11am-1pm (NZ time)
Wednesdays beginning 8 May 2024, 6:30-8:30pm (NZ time)
Thursdays beginning 9 May 2024, 7:00-8:30pm (NZ time)
Course details and costs coming soon. Email us at [email protected] for info!
Introductory Mandarin 102, Part 2 begins Friday 10 May 2024, 6:30-8:00pm

2024 Term 2 Courses

(Monday 6 May 2024 through Friday 28 June 2024):

Our 2024 Term 2 courses are coming to an end, but you can always still register and catch up with the live-recorded video sessions! Some highlights:

Please note that new cohorts for Introductory (Beginners) language courses usually begin in Term 1 (February) and Term 3 (August) of each year. If you’re keen to join an existing cohort (e.g. 102, 203 course) you should have some background knowledge in your language of interest. Please contact us if you are unsure or if you have any questions. If you’re keen to begin a course now, and don’t mind catching up on the video recordings from last Term’s courses, please drop us an email and we can arrange for the recordings of previous courses to be made available to you.

It’s never too late to sign up for an EarthDiverse course, even if classes have already begun. You can always watch the videos to catch up! Once you’re registered you have access to all of the class notes and video recordings, as these are posted on your dashboard so that you can catch up or use these to review lessons.  Contact us via our Contacts page if your interested or simply register for the course on our website.

Please check each course page (click the appropriate tile below) for details.


2024 Term 3 Courses

(Sunday 28 July 2024 through Friday 20 September 2024):

Please note that we’re currently adding our last few courses for Term 3 registration (which begins the week starting Sunday 28 July 2024) and that there’s still a few more courses left for us to add as we prepare for Term 3 registration. Please note that each of our current Language courses will again offer new Introductory 101 courses in Term 3, and these are currently being added this week. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll receive the list of Term 3 courses when registration begins next week, but if a course tile is listed below, you can register for it now!



The following courses are available at anytime and available year-round. These are discounted courses that do not have a live in-class component. The live-recorded video sessions are available for your own learning at anytime by signing up and registering. You can gain instant access to these courses and the materials and begin your learning now!  We’ll be adding new pre-recorded video-only courses at discounted rates throughout 2024!


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28 March 2022, by Nona Morris, Director of Educational Programmes, EarthDiverse Yes, they are. Universities here and abroad have been following an unsettling trend of downsizing their liberal arts programmes, while simultaneously placing greater emphasis on the degree-to-marketplace style of education. Business, IT, Law, Engineering and technical specialties are given attention, status and funding, while the study of religion, music, literature, philosophy, […]

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