We want everyone to have equal use of this website. If you have any problems or difficulties using this site, please let us know by emailing [email protected].


Adjusting the text size

You can increase the size of the text on screen.

Internet Explorer 8.0+

Select the ‘View’ menu
Select ‘Text Size’
Select your chosen size


Select the ‘Page’ menu
Select ‘Zoom’
Increase or decrease the text size


If you have a mouse wheel, hold down the Control (CTRL) key and roll the mouse wheel to change the text size.

Internet Explorer 7.0

Select the ‘Page’ menu
Select ‘Text Size’
Select your chosen text size


Select the ‘Page’ menu
Select ‘Zoom’
Increase or decrease the text size


If you have a mouse wheel, hold down the Control (CTRL) key and roll the mouse wheel to change the text size.

Please note: this website does not fully support Internet Explorer 7 or earlier versions. If you are visiting this site on Internet Explorer 7 or earlier, you may be unable to make full use of this website. We strongly recommend using a more recent version of Internet Explorer. Alternatively, use a different internet browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

Firefox 3.0+, Opera 7.0+

Select the ‘View’ menu
Select ‘Zoom’
Increase or decrease the zoom


Using your keyboard, type CTRL + or CTRL -.

Safari 1.2+ (Mac)

Select the ‘View’ menu
Select ‘Make Text Bigger’ or ‘Make Text Smaller’


Using your keyboard, type Command + or Command -.

iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets

This website’s layout adjusts to smaller screen sizes on tablets and mobile phones. Our website also fully supports the built-in “pinch to zoom” function on mobile devices.

Accessing Documents

Most information on this website is provided as standard web pages (HTML format). Most documents, including our official publications, are in PDF format. To read and print PDF files, you’ll need a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. Most modern computer operating systems include built-in support for PDF documents.

Android users please note: the built-in Android Browser does not correctly handle downloads of PDF documents. If you are browsing this website using an Android device, we strongly recommend using Google Chrome as your browser.

If you have difficulty reading a PDF-only publication, please email us at [email protected] for help. Include details of the document you want to access and the difficulty you are having.

Information held on external websites

When we link to information on other websites, we always try to link to standard web pages. If this is not possible, we may link directly to a PDF or Word document. These links will include the document format and file size in the link text.


We have made every effort to make this website fully accessible to visually-impaired visitors using screenreaders. If you have any difficulty using this site with a screenreader, please email [email protected] and let us know.

How to use the ReadSpeaker Listen function

ReadSpeaker allows the text on this website to be read out loud to you. It provides you assistance if you have trouble reading text online. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. This makes the content more accessible and the website more pleasant to visit. As a user you don’t have to download anything.

How does it work?

Listen to the main content

You simply click the Listen button to listen to the webpage’s content. An audio player appears, and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text of the webpage out loud.

In the player you can:

  • Pause/restart the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Use the progress bar to navigate in the audio
  • Adjust the volume
  • Click the settings icon to adjust the behaviour of the service
  • Click the download icon to download the audio file
  • Close the player
  • You can use tab and shift+tab to navigate inside the player and press enter to activate a certain button or link.


Listen to selected text

You can select a part of the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up Listen button that appears next to the mouse pointer. When you click the pop-up Listen button, an audio player appears and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text you have selected.



In the settings menu, you can:

  • Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted while read
  • Choose whether you want the text highlighted on a word and sentence basis, sentence only, or word only
  • Choose style and colours for the highlighting
  • Choose whether to display the current sentence at the bottom of the page, with a larger font size and simultaneous text highlighting
  • Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium, or fast
  • Choose whether you want the page to scroll automatically to follow the highlighted text
  • Choose whether you want the pop-up Listen button to be shown when text is selected
  • Restore all settings to original defaults
  • You can also listen to the settings by clicking the Listen button at the top right ​​of the Settings menu.

Please visit ReadSpeaker’s website for more information about online text to speech.


Māori Pronunciation


ReadSpeaker is a service provided for people who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to read a website page they wish to access. ReadSpeaker supports over 40 languages, but unfortunately, te reo Māori is not among them. ReadSpeaker will make its own “best guess” when it encounters Māori words and phrases, but because this is a purely software-driven tool, its pronunciation of non-English words (and many Kiwi-English words) will often be incorrect. Masterton District Council has no control over ReadSpeaker’s pronunciation of te reo, but we do apologise for any inconvenience or possible offence the software’s mispronunciations may cause.

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