He aha te mea nui?
He tangata. He tangata. He tangata.

What is the most important thing?
It is people, it is people, it is people

Learning online wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful team of eTeachers. Not only will your learners experience new languages and meet new people, our knowledgable experts will support your learners to become confident and connected in the online space.

Haere mai to our new kaiako Matetu Herewini

Matetu has recently joined our team to teach Te reo Māori. Tuia te Wāhi Ngaro I acknowledge the almighty creator Tuia ngā kaitiaki o te rangi… o te whenua… o te moana  I acknowledge the guardians of the sky, of the land and sea Tuia rātou te hunga wahangū… e tangi apakura tonu nei… e… Read More

Learn Korean Online with Sunny Yang

Sunny, our new Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. Sunny emigrated to NZ in 2003 and lives in Dunedin with her husband and 2 young children. Sunny loves interacting with children and people from different cultures.  “I was born and raised in… Read More

Learn German online with Frau Michel

Some pretty exciting things have happened in our German classes and there are always spaces for new faces. Was geht ab? “Was geht ab?” is the German equivalent of “What’s up?”  It’s used as an informal greeting. If you are a teenager, you might also be able to pull off the even shorter “Was geht?”… Read More

Sofie Jacobs – French, Spanish, Italian & Visual Art

Bonjour, my name is Sofie Jacobs. I am Belgian who moved to New Zealand in 2012.  As a NZ registered teacher I have taught French to Year 4,8,9,10. My academic training was in Visual Art and Teaching. I have been teaching Visual Art and Languages for several years. I love languages! The languages I speak… Read More

David Pirie – Astronomy and Mathematics 

David is an experienced classroom teacher living in Dunedin. He has a background in small country schools as a teacher of everything.  The VLN Primary Astronomy class is an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of space with wonderment and awe. Both classes promote curiosity and inquiry, and students are encouraged to be self-directed and… Read More

Julie O’Donnell – Te reo Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai-Welcome, Welcome Te tūranga motuhake o te reo Māori, The importance of learning te reo Māori Kia ora koutou katoa ko Julie O’Donnell toku ingoa By learning te reo Māori young New Zealanders ‘s become much more aware of the role that Māori identity, language, and culture play in our country’s identity.… Read More

Lisa Wang – Mandarin

Ni hao, my name is Lisa Wang. I was born in Taiwan and moved to NZ with my family more than 20 years ago.  I am a NZ registered primary school teacher. I have taught Mandarin Chinese for the last six years (Years 0 – 9) in both public and private schools. Before I was… Read More

Olivia Graham- Japanese

Konnichi wa, my name is Olivia Graham and I am a Taupō native and classroom teacher at Wairakei Primary School in Taupō. I studied Japanese throughout college and university, and spent four years living and teaching in Japan. I have taught Japanese to students throughout my teaching career. I am excited to be a part of… Read More

Ginette Van Praag – Digital Technologies

I’m Ginette and I am also the National Coordinator for VLN Primary School. My specialist teaching subject is Digital Technologies and I teach Computer Science and Programing classes. I have been a registered teacher for 15 years and love teaching online! Read about my learning programme here.

Surprising our Japanese students

It started off as a regular online Japanese lesson and then became a Mystery Skype… On my last trip to Japan I was able to skype my VLN Japanese class from Tokyo. As it was only 6.30 in the morning, I was able to take the students on a tour of the hotel I was staying… Read More