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exploring, discerning and engaging the deep diversities of planet earth

Welcome to EarthDiverse!

We are an Adult & Community Education (ACE) provider and 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 mitigate racism, discrimination and environmental degradation through courses, seminars, activities and events that aspire to strengthen social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand society. 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 and qualified instructors 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: 13 OCTOBER 2022, Hamilton, New Zealand:  EarthDiverse wins ‘Public Good’ Category: The Hamilton Central Business Association awarded EarthDiverse the Winner in it’s “Public Good” Category last night at its annual CBD Awards event held 12 October 2022 at the Meteor Theatre in Hamilton. Congrats to all on the EarthDiverse Team for its success!



  • Term 1: Monday 14 February through Friday 8 April 2022
  • Term 2: Monday 9 May through Friday 1 July 2022
  • Term 3: Monday 1 August through Friday 23 September 2022
  • Term 4: Monday 17 October through Friday 9 December 2022
  • Summer Holiday Programmes: Mon 12 Dec through Fri 10 Feb 2023


  • Term 1: Monday 13 February through Friday 7 April 2023
  • Term 2: Monday 1 May through Friday 23 June 2023
  • Term 3: Monday 24 July through Friday 15 September 2023
  • Term 4: Monday 16 October through Friday 8 December 2023

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. 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.

2022 Term 4 (17 October – 9 December) Courses:

Our Term 4 courses begin the week starting Monday 17 October 2022. Please check each course page for details for each course.

NEW COURSE: Check out our new Climate Café discussion group beginning on Friday 25 November 2022 12:00-1:00pm for 3 weekly sessions.

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 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.

Also note that it’s never too late to join a course after it’s started. Once you’re registered you have access to all of the class notes and video recordings, as these are posted on the course page 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.

School Holiday Courses & Workshops

(17 December 2022 – 17 February 2023):

We have a few courses and workshops planned during the School Holiday period to help get your New Year started of right, and to help you with your New Year’s resolutions! Here’s what we’ve got planned so far:

  • Summer Holiday Workshops for Kids: December Festivals of the World with Nona Morris and Ifat Vayner. Four days, four December festivals from around the world. Workshops for young people ages 8-14 years. Join professional puppeteer Ifat Vayner and children’s educator Nona Morris for a week of exploring the traditions, tales, foods and crafts of Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Bodhi Day and Yule. Monday 19 December through Thursday 22 December 2022. Chose 1 day or all four! (details and registration page coming soon).
  • A Brief History of the Ukraine, with Dr Alexander Maxwell, PhD, Victoria University of Wellington (begins Friday 13 January, 3:00-4:30pm NZ time) (see the course page for equivalent time zones)
  • World Cinema: The History of Japanese Anime with Yurika Arai. 4 weekly sessions on Saturdays from 4:00-6:00pm beginning 21 January 2023.
  • school holiday kids art and puppet workshops (stay tuned!)

2023 Term 1 Courses

(13 February – 7 April 2023):

Our 2023 Term 1 courses began the week starting Monday 13 February 2023. we’ll begin adding our planned Term 1 courses once our 2022 Term 4 schedule begins in mid-October 2022). New Introductory (Beginner’s) courses for all of our language offereings begin again in Term 1 in Mid Feb 2023. Stay tuned as we add these courses for our February 2023 Term.


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