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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: 26 June 2023:  EarthDiverse to offer Indian Classical Music courses: Coming in August! EarthDiverse plans to launch its Ethnomusicology programme with 3 courses in North Indian Classical (Hindustani) music, including tabla, sitar and North Indian classical vocals. One-hour classes will take place on Thursday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00pm each week for 8 weeks each term. Register your interest now by contacting us via the Contact page accessible through the Menu Bar above! Registrations pages coming soon.


  • Jan-Feb 2023: 9 January through 12 February 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
  • Dec 2023: Summer holiday programmes 10-24-December 2023


  • Summer 2024: 8 January through 11 February 2024
  • Term 1: Monday 12 February through Friday 5 April 2024
  • Term 2: dates coming soon
  • Term 3: dates coming soon
  • Term 4: dates coming soon
  • Summer Holiday Programmes: dates coming soon

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.


A few Term 4 highlighted courses:

2023T4 ART205 Art & Popular Culture button
Wednesdays beginning 18 Oct 2023, 11am-1pm (NZ time)
2023T4 HIS215 Search for Utopia button
Wednesdays beginning 15 Nov 2023, 11am-1pm (NZ time)
Thursdays beginning 19 Oct 2023, 7:00-8:30pm (NZ time)

2023 Term 4 Courses

(Monday 16 October 2023 through Friday 8 December 2023):

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! Contact us for details.

Here’s our special highlighted courses for 2023 Term 4. We’re adding Term 4 courses every day so keep checking back over the new couple of weeks.

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.

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 on our website.

All Term 4 courses begin the week starting Monday 16 October 2023. Please check each course page (click the appropriate tile below) for details.


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 added new video-only courses at discounted rates throughout 2023!


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By Cristina Schumacher, Director of Language Programmes, EarthDiverse In very simple terms, what characterises a heritage language is that it is learned or spoken at home by the children of immigrants or indigenous peoples. It may also be the language one identifies with as part of their community and culture of origin, not necessarily as […]

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Are the Humanities an endangered species?

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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