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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].


Temporarily Changing Text Size Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Most browsers, including Internet Explorer, support common keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease the size of the text. These affect the current browser session only, in fact, if you open another tab in the browser, the text in that tab reverts to the default size.

  • To increase text size: Press Ctrl + (the plus sign) on Windows, or Cmd + on a Mac.
  • To decrease text size: Press Ctrl – (the minus sign) on Windows, or Cmd – on a Mac.

Note that these keyboard shortcuts actually zoom in or out, rather than increasing only the text size. This means that they increase the size not only of text but also images and other page elements.


Changing the Default Text Size

Use the menus to change the default size so that every browser session reflects the new size. Two toolbars provide text size settings: the command bar and the menu bar. The command bar is visible by default, while the menu bar is hidden by default.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Select the Pagedrop-down menu on the command toolbar. If you can’t see this toolbar, press Alt to display it.
  3. Then select the Text Size option.
  4. Choose from Largest, Larger, Medium (default), Smaller, or Smallest. The current selection displays a black dot.


  1. First, open Chrome.
  2. In the upper-right corner of any window, click the ellipses button (three vertical dots).
  3. In the menu that appears, click Settings.
  4. Click the Appearance option in the sidebar or scroll down until you see the Appearance section of the Settings page.
  5. Find the option called Font Size.
  6. Click the “Font Size” drop-down menu, and you will see five options pop up: “Very Small,” “Small,” “Medium,” “Large,” and “Very Large.”
  7. Select the size you would prefer, the standard is Medium.

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.


ReadSpeaker allows the text on this website to be read out loud to you. It provides help if you have trouble reading text online.

How does it work?

Click the Listen button underneath the page title 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
  • Change the volume
  • Click the settings icon to adjust 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.

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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