Gisborne Learning English

Improving your English skills is an important part of settling in New Zealand.
Looking for general information about learning English?

There are many ways to improve your English including having conversations with Kiwis, watching TV, listening to the radio, or taking an English course. 

English language training (ESOL)

English language training in New Zealand is often called ESOL training (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Courses can specialise in everyday English, academic English or business English. They are available from different organisations and may be full-time or part-time.    

Because of the size of Gisborne there is very little formal English education. One programme is offered through Turanga Ararau, an Iwi (Māori tribe/community) training provider.


Adult Literacy Turanga


Course types:
Business - General
06 867 5953

Contact person: Rene Babbington

ESOL at Turanga Ararau 

Prepaid English for Migrants

If you paid for English tuition as part of your visa application, ask the provider about options for English for Migrants courses.

If you are having trouble finding a course, call the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on 0800 601 601.

Community English courses

A range of English class providers, both professional and casual, can be found in the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) directory. There is a regular, 30 minute radio programme to help you improve your English language skills on Planet FM.

English courses in Gisborne | CAB

English for Migrants | Planet FM


Toastmasters is a programme where you can improve your leadership and ommunication skills in a safe, supportive club environment. Anyone can join, and there is a balance of women and men and a range of age groups, cultures and occupations.

Toastmasters NZ

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