How it works

FarNet is an online teaching and learning community
available to New Zealand secondary and area schools.
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Courses we offer

FarNet member schools gain access to a wide variety
of courses provided by NZQA accredited providers.
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Enrol a Student

Any school can become an affiliated member of FarNet.
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launching learning

FarNet is the highly successful collective of New Zealand Secondary Schools, across Northland and beyond, who collaborate to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for their students in an online environment.


Associated schools can offer their students a wide range of curriculum areas, courses and subjects, all based on the New Zealand Curriulum and NCEA qualifications.


FarNet belongs to a larger New Zealand online learning community - the OLC (Online Learning Community) - which gives schools access to over 100 courses, enabling them to more successfully meet the learning needs of their students.

Anywhere Anytime


A personal digital device (with inbuilt camera and microphone) and reliable internet access, are the only technical requirements. Students connect to their online, face-to-face lesson with their eTeacher, using ZOOM, a free, internet accessible application. Once downloaded on their device, students connect to their online lesson at the specified day and time, using the unique ZOOM meeting link or ID number.


Weekly lessons are also recorded by the eTeacher and shared with the class, so that students can review the lesson at any time. If a student misses a particular lesson, they can view the recording at any time and carry out the necessary coursework throughout the week.

STUDENT Feedback

Unite against COVID-19 home page

FarNet and the wider Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC), including HarbourNet, Volcanics, WeLCom, NetNZ and VLN Primary have entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Education to provide access to support, for all secondary and primary schools, during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly while schools are using the online space to connect with their learners and colleagues.  Information around the VLNC support package has been sent from the Ministry of Education to all school principals.


The support offered from the VLNC is in the form of professional learning and development (PLD) workshops, targeted PLD based on school need, and access to online courses where necessary.


PLD will be facilitated by a range of experts from within the VLNC, and open to all schools to register and take part.  Workshops around online teaching and learning pedagogy will be scheduled throughout the term. Schools will also be able to register for more targeted PLD based on their needs around online learning provision, connecting with learners, and supporting teachers working in the online space.


Further information for schools: