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The articles in this section feature local and regional Poupou (Member) news about adult literacy learners, tutors, managers, events and programmes. Occasionally articles from further afield are included. 

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  ►  Adult Learners' Week - He Tangata Mātauranga articles (below):  
Literally life-changing 'People feel it's too embarrassing to talk about'
By Heather Simpson, Photo Derek Flynn, The Marlborough Express 12/09/2014

Night-shift treatment plant operator Dennis Finlayson says he would still be an angry old man if he hadn’t learned to read and write. He and some of his fellow workers attended learning sessions to improve their skills with Literacy Marlborough, with the support of their employer, the Kaituna Sawmill.

Poor literacy 'hidden shame'
By Heather Simpson, The Marlborough Express 12/09/2014

Tasks taken for granted such as reading signs, following instructions for appliances and helping children with their homework are a strain for many.
More people than ever are turning to Literacy Marlborough...  Learners speak of the positive changes in their lives.
Classes catch those between the cracks
By Anna Williams, The Marlborough Express 12/09/14

Literacy Marlborough nominated Steffan Webb as an Outstanding Adult Learner during Adult Learners' Week.He has gained many new skills and has now started looking for a job.
Reading en mass in Red Square
By Hunter Wells, Sunlive, Tauranga 8/09/2014   
Literacy and Language Bay of Plenty joins with Altrusa International in Red Square, Tauranga where locals gathered to read for an hour to promote adult literacy.
Health Scare prompts path to literacy
By Carmen Hall, photo Andrew Warner, Bay of Plenty Times 30/08/2014

Gavin Todd, a student from Literacy and Language Bay of Plenty shares his story of improving his literacy skills, and is nominated as an Outstanding Adult Learner. The impact of low literacy and numeracy skills are also discussed.

Programme takes adults back to school
By Dave Murdoch, Bush Telegraph 21/07/14

Tararua Learning Centre ran a series of programmes at Makirikiri Marae to help adults learn new skills...


It's never too late to learn
Franklin County News, 01/07/14

Adult Literacy Franklin has just finished its latest volunteer training...and Agnes Pomare has completed 'Papa Ako (Open Wananga) with support from tutors Parekawhia Albert and Rita Meares.


Whanganui Learning Centre gains National Award
River City Press, Whanganui, 19/06/14 (page 11)

The Whanganui Learning Centre received the National Award for Provider of the Year: Tangata Tiriti from ACE Aotearoa at an awards ceremony held at Te Papa, Wellington on Wednesday 18th Pipiri (June).  The award, an acknowledgement of WLCT’s commitment to transforming communities and whānau through Adult and Community Education was accepted by the Governance Board and Management of the Centre.


Determined to be a cop
By Ria Elkington, North Shore Times, 10/06/14
Wenbo, a learner from Literacy North Shore knows what he wants to achieve and with the assistance of tutor Susanne Furst is improving his literacy skills...
'Wenbo Gong refuses to give up on his dream to become a cop.  He's found time - in just three months and despite working a 60-hour week as a builder - to improve his English skills to a level acceptable for possible entry to the police force.'

Michael, 61, reads first novel
By Michele Ong, Taranaki Daily News 23/05/14

Michael, a learner from Taranaki Adult Literacy Services featured in the Taranaki Daily News recently...
'Michael conquered the literacy mountain with tenacity and a can-do attitude.
The 61-year-old checked out his first library book and read the horror novel from front to back, without a hitch....'




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